President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign called on Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden to respond to an explosive report published this evening that alleges that the FBI currently has his son, Hunter Biden, under active criminal investigation.
James Rosen, a reporter at Sinclair Broadcast Group, reported that a Justice Department official confirmed to him that the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates that is focused on allegations of money laundering and that the investigation remains open and active today. Fox News reported last week that a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden was subpoenaed by the FBI back in 2019 in connection with a money laundering investigation.
EXCLUSIVE: Tony Bobulinski tells @WeAreSinclair he was questioned by six @FBI agents, with counsel present, for five hours on October 23, listing him as a "material witness" in an ongoing investigation focused on Hunter Biden and his associates. His cell phones were examined. pic.twitter.com/5lPzRTREJN
— James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) October 29, 2020
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told The Washington Times that it is not believable that Joe Biden was unaware that Hunter Biden was allegedly under FBI investigation since last year. “Joe Biden must answer these questions,” Murtaugh said.
In a statement to The Daily Wire, Murtaugh said:
We know that Joe Biden lied when he said — repeatedly — that he never discussed Hunter’s foreign business deals. Tony Bobulinski, a U.S. Navy veteran and former Biden family business partner, puts Joe Biden in the room during the conversations. It’s impossible to believe that Joe doesn’t know that Hunter has been under federal money laundering investigation since last year. Impossible.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) highlighted the new allegations against Hunter Biden in a series of tweets where he also included a link to a Senate report from last month about Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
“FBI reportedly has active criminal money laundering investigation of H Biden +associates since 2019,” Grassley wrote. “My recent report w Sen Johnson outlines biz deals w China gov-linked CEFC + others w all hallmarks of money laundering.”
FBI reportedly has active criminal money laundering investigation of H Biden +associates since 2019 My recent report w Sen Johnson outlines biz deals w China gov-linked CEFC + others w all hallmarks of money laundering U can read for yourself herehttps://t.co/OxnkApeJnf
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 29, 2020
The report stated in part:
On Nov. 15, 2019, Chairman Grassley and Chairman Johnson wrote a non-public letter to the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), seeking Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) on individuals and entities, including Hunter Biden, Burisma Holdings (Burisma), and others. Although most of the letters sent during the investigation have been released to the public shortly after being transmitted, this letter was not released at the time because of the sensitive nature of the underlying records and the need to ensure the integrity of the investigation with respect to those records. SARs often contain evidence of potential criminal activities, such as money laundering and fraud, and at the time, there was no evidence that SARs existed for the individuals mentioned in the request. The letter was, however, shared with Ranking Member Peters’ office. Just one week later, on Nov. 22, 2019, a copy of the letter was leaked to Reuters, which published an article containing a link to a full and unredacted copy of the letter. According to the Treasury, the department’s protocol requires stamping the document, which the leaked version did not contain.
The Treasury records acquired by the Chairmen show potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals. In particular, these documents show that Hunter Biden received millions of dollars from foreign sources as a result of business relationships that he built during the period when his father was vice president of the United States and after. In addition to providing new and descriptive details about the nature, origin and extent of payments from Burisma Holdings to Hunter Biden, the documents acquired by the Committees also shed light on a much broader array of questionable financial transactions involving Hunter Biden, other members of the Biden family, and their associations with foreign nationals. These foreign nationals have questionable backgrounds that have been identified as being consistent with a range of criminal activities, including but not limited to organized prostitution and/or human trafficking, money laundering, fraud, and embezzlement.
The Daily Wire has reached out to the Department of Justice seeking a comment and has not yet received a response. It is worth noting that it does not appear that any other news organizations have verified Sinclair’s report and the conservative news organization has been described as a “vocal proponent” of the president.