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Grassley seeks Hunter Biden travel records in conflict-of-interest probe


This news story was published on February 6, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are seeking records of Hunter Biden’s travel while he was under U.S. Secret Service protection as they continue to investigate potential conflicts of interest to boost his business ventures in Ukraine and China.

In a letter today to the Secret Service, the chairmen requested information on the protection Hunter Biden received while his father, Joe Biden, was Vice President of the United States.  They also sought details on Hunter Biden’s travel dates and locations while receiving Secret Service protection.

Charles Grassley


The chairmen previously requested meeting records from the State Department, National Archives and Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying organization employed by Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company that employed Hunter Biden on its board while Joe Biden oversaw the Obama Administration’s Ukraine policy. Burisma was under investigation for corruption at the time. Grassley also previously raised concerns about the Obama administration’s approval of the sale of a U.S. company to the Chinese government and an investment firm formed, in part, by Hunter Biden.

Full text of today’s letter to the Secret Service follows:

February 5, 2020

VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
Mr. James M. Murray
Director
United States Secret Service

Dear Mr. Murray:

The Committee on Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (“the committees”) are 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. In addition to several letters that the committees have sent to other agencies as part of that inquiry,[1] 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. That transaction included Rosemont Seneca Partners, a company formed in 2009 by Hunter Biden, Christopher Heinz, and others.[2]

We write to request 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. In December of 2013, one month after Rosemont Seneca’s joint venture with Bohai Capital to form BHR, Hunter Biden reportedly flew aboard Air Force Two with then-Vice President Biden to China.[3] While in China, he helped arrange for Jonathan Li, CEO of Bohai Capital, to “shake hands” with Vice President Biden.[4] Afterward, Hunter Biden met with Li for reportedly a “social meeting.”[5] After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved.[6] Then, in 2015, BHR joined with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to acquire Henniges, which was the “biggest Chinese investment into US automotive manufacturing assets to date.”[7]

In addition to business dealings in China, Hunter Biden also served as a board member for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company.[8] 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.”[9] It is unclear whether Hunter Biden received government sponsored travel or a protective detail for these endeavors.

Accordingly, to help the committees better understand Hunter Biden’s travel arrangements to conduct business related to his dealings in Ukraine and China, among other countries, while he received a protective detail, please provide the following information no later than February 19, 2020[10]:

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.

We anticipate that your written response and most of the responsive documents will be unclassified. Please send all unclassified material directly to the Committees. In keeping with the requirements of Executive Order 13526, if any of the responsive documents do contain classified information, please segregate all unclassified material within the classified documents, provide all unclassified information directly to the Committees, and provide a classified addendum to the Office of Senate Security. The Committees comply with all laws and regulations governing the handling of classified information. The Committees are not bound, absent their prior agreement, by any handling restrictions or instructions on unclassified information unilaterally asserted by the Executive Branch.

If you have any questions about this request, please contact Joshua Flynn-Brown of Chairman Grassley’s staff at (202) 224-4515 or Brian Downey and Scott Wittmann of Chairman Johnson’s staff at (202) 224-4751. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley
Chairman
Committee on Finance

Ron Johnson
Chairman
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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18 Responses to Grassley seeks Hunter Biden travel records in conflict-of-interest probe

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    anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 8, 2020 at 9:18 am

    of course let the real crooks, trump and the republicans off and try to concoct a fake story about trumps rival!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Fake..they wrote the play book.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 8, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      So are you saying they should go after the real crooks like Obama and Hillary?

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    mint Reply Report comment

    February 8, 2020 at 1:10 am

    in order to control the narrative – the game needs to seem real, more actors acting, reading their scripts given to them

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 8, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Chucky(doll), don’t forget to investigate Trump’s children for conflicts-of-interest probes while your at it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Hopefully this will turn something up on this corruption that has been going on to long. The GOP is finally going to take the offensive and bring this to light. Good for you Chuck. And I hope Barr’s investigations show the truth of the whole 3 year Russian hoax and some of these crooks get what is coming to them.
    I would say that the Demo’s forced this upon the Republican’s but they certainly asked for it. Eventually the dog bites back. Its about time.. Enough is Enough

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 7, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      What are you going to say when Grassley’s investigation says there was nothing illegal about this situation? Will Grassley then be deemed a RINO and an asset for the Dems?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 8, 2020 at 11:57 am

        You really do exist in a total fantasy world, don’t you?

        If Chuck finds nothing, he will say so.

        Do you think Hunter ‘earned’ that kind of money from Burisma? Tell the truth..NO YOU DON’T.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 8, 2020 at 8:10 pm

          I have no doubt Senator Grassley would announce it. What I said, and you apparently don’t understand, was what will you say if he makes that announcement?

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    Rusty Manhood Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Hunter Biden couldnt find his ass with both hands unless his daddy Quid Pro Joe helped him.

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    Rosaline Hymen Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Looks like more corruption from the Biden Obama administration. Big surprise there, typical dems! ps…TRUMP 2020!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    This is what I call CLIMATE Change ! Pour on the heat Chuck.

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    Tip of the ice berg Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Bye… Bye… biden…. Lol

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Keep up the good work Senator Grassley.

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    John Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    It’s about time this happened, I hope more will come.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Oh no, not hunter biden, lol. Don’t stop there chuck, there are many others than should be investigated for conflict of interest.