Report: DOJ source claims FBI opened ‘criminal investigation’ into Hunter Biden, associates in 2019

A reporter says he spoke with a source at the Department of Justice (DOJ) who confirmed that the FBI opened a “criminal investigation” into Hunter Biden and his business associates in 2019 — and the investigation is reportedly still very much an active one.

According to Breitbart, the development comes by way of author and Sinclair Broadcast Group journalist James Rosen, who said in a tweet Thursday that an unnamed DOJ official said the FBI’s probe is focused on “allegations of money-laundering.”

The FBI, for its part, has not confirmed nor denied Rosen’s claims. “We have no comment, in keeping with our standard practice of neither confirming nor denying the existence of an investigation,” a spokesperson for the bureau told the Washington Examiner Thursday.

Russian disinformation?

The presidential race was shaken earlier this month when the New York Post revealed that it had obtained access to the hard drive of a laptop said to have belonged to Hunter Biden. On it, the Post reported, was a trove of damaging emails that alluded to potential criminal behavior on the part of Hunter Biden and his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Soon after, Fox News was able to confirm that the FBI was in possession of the laptop, along with the contents of its hard drive.

Joe Biden and his campaign have tried to paint the entire controversy as the result of “Russian disinformation,” Politico noted, but as Breitbart reports, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has said there was no evidence of Russian involvement.

Speaking with Fox Business, Ratcliffe didn’t mention the money-laundering probe, however.

A “material witness”

But that’s not the only bad news for the Bidens. As Breitbart reported, Rosen revealed in a subsequent tweet that former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski said “he was questioned” by the FBI as part of “an ongoing investigation focused on Hunter Biden and his associates.”

A veteran and close confidant of Hunter Biden and his uncle Jim Biden, Bobulinski claims that he first grew suspicious of the family’s involvement with Chinese entities years ago. During an interview on Tuesday, Bobulinski spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about a conversation that he had with Jim Biden, Joe Biden’s brother. 

“I remember saying, ‘How are you guys getting away with this?’ ‘Aren’t you concerned?’” Bobulinski said, according to Fox. He claimed that Jim Biden responded with a chuckle, “Plausible deniability.” Is that all?

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