An interim report on Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings during his father Joe Biden’s time as vice president was finally released by Senate Republicans, according to a NY Post report.
The committees also said they obtained records from the US Treasury Department that “show potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals.”
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said “there remains much work to be done” in their probe.
In the official interim report, the chairmen say “that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.”
The report also goes on to say that “Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”
Fox News reports that the report also stated that Hunter Biden “formed significant and consistent financial relationships” with the founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, and that his and his business partner Devon Archer’s firms “made millions of dollars from that association” while his father was vice president.
Politico says the interim report “is largely a compilation of previously public information — some of it rehashed anew by witnesses who already testified during the House’s impeachment inquiry last year — as well as news articles and strongly-worded insinuations with little evidence to back them up.”
Who Is Hunter Biden?
Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s middle child, studied at Georgetown University and graduated in 1992.
From 1998-2001, Hunter served as a director in the Department of Commerce focusing on e-commerce-policy issues, as part of the Clinton administration.
After launching a consulting firm, Seneca Global Advisors, co-founding the private-equity firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, Biden was able to establish various business connections to figures in China and Russia, reported the NY Post.
Biden’s personal life is even more controversial than his professional life, with Hunter confiding to the New Yorker about such things as being discharged from the military because of drug use, fathering a child from one woman while seeing someone else, and many other issues.
Fox News also reports that ‘Hunter Biden “formed significant and consistent financial relationships” with the founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, and that his and his business partner Devon Archer’s firms “made millions of dollars from that association” while his father was vice president,’ according to the senate report.
The Biden campaign pointed to news reports and public statements showing there was no active investigation into Burisma at the time of Shokin’s ousting in 2016, and that the firing of Shokin was broadly sought by US and European officials and reflected the official Obama administration policy.
The report makes limited mention of the claim by Trump and some supporters that Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, as a way to stymie an investigation into Burisma’s owner.