Following a report issued this week by two GOP-controlled U.S. Senate committees, Hunter Biden is facing new scrutiny over allegations of dubious international business ties.
In response to the new questions being raised about the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced on Wednesday that he would be forwarding the report to the Department of Justice with a request for a full criminal investigation into its findings, as reported by Breitbart.
“Questionable financial transactions”
Paul’s move came a short time after the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee laid out in their joint report a series of “questionable financial transactions” linked to Hunter Biden through intelligence information.
The deals amounted to millions of dollars and involved multiple suspicious foreign nationals and companies, the lawmakers concluded.
In particular, the report detailed Biden’s lucrative former position on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm accused of corruption. He was also linked to “foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds,” the report found.
One example cited by the committee members involved a $3.5 million payment from a Russian oligarch. Additionally, the report referenced “questionable transactions” with several Chinese businessmen who were reportedly tied to the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army.
On top of that, the Senate findings appeared to suggest Biden was somehow financially tied to an alleged “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”
“I think that is against the law”
According to Breitbart, Paul reacted to the report during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s The Story with Martha MacCallum. After the host noted that the allegations did not appear to amount to criminal behavior, she asked the congressman for his take.
“Well, I don’t know,” he replied. “I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal. I think that is against the law, and probably a felony.”
He went on to assert that it was potentially illegal for Biden “to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million,” wondering if the income was “reported” properly.
“I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice,” Paul said, according to Breitbart. “So, I’m going to send the report over. I don’t know if the whole committee will vote for it, but I’m sending the report, tomorrow, to the Department of Justice, and we’re asking for a criminal referral.”
The senator also reportedly sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr seeking such an investigation, though it remains unclear whether any further bombshells could drop about the former vice president’s son before voters head to the polls on Nov. 3.