Two top Republican Senators sent a letter to the Secret Service immediately following President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate on Wednesday requesting information on Hunter Biden’s travel records while his father Joe Biden was Vice President.
Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said in the letter that they were “reviewing potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration, particularly with respect to his business activities in Ukraine and China.”
The Senators told the Secret Service that it had two weeks to provide the following information:
- Please describe the protective detail that Hunter Biden received while his father was Vice President.
- Please provide a list of all dates and locations of travel, international and domestic, for Hunter Biden while he received a protective detail. In your response, please note whether his travel was on Air Force One or Two, or other government aircraft, as applicable and whether additional family members were present for each trip.
“In addition to several letters that the committees have sent to other agencies as part of that inquiry, the Committee on Finance also has written to the Department of Treasury regarding potential conflicts of interest in the Obama-era CFIUS approved transaction which gave control of Henniges, an American maker of anti-vibration technologies with military applications, to a Chinese government-owned aviation company and China-based investment firm with established ties to the Chinese government,” the letter stated. “That transaction included Rosemont Seneca Partners, a company formed in 2009 by Hunter Biden, Christopher Heinz, and others.”
The Senators said that they were specifically requesting information “about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business, to include his work for Rosemont Seneca and related entities in China and Ukraine.”
Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine were at the center of House Democrats’ articles of impeachments against Trump, which he was acquitted from on Wednesday, specifically, his work at Ukrainian gas company Burisma while his father was vice president.
“In addition to business dealings in China, Hunter Biden also served as a board member for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company,” the letter continued. “In April 2014, around the time Hunter Biden joined Burisma, Vice President Biden reportedly became the ‘public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.’ It is unclear whether Hunter Biden received government sponsored travel or a protective detail for these endeavors.”
The letter came immediately following the Senate acquitting Trump from both of Democrats’ partisan articles of impeachment on Tuesday.
“President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people,” Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “The do-nothing Democrats know they can’t beat him, so they had to impeach him.”
“This terrible ordeal was always a campaign tactic to invalidate the 2016 votes of 63 million Americans and was a transparent effort to interfere with the 2020 election only nine months away,” Parscale continued. “And since the President’s campaign only got bigger and stronger as a result of this nonsense, this impeachment hoax will go down as the worst miscalculation in American political history.”
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