According to an explosive report from the New York Post last week, the newspaper has uncovered disturbing information on a laptop once belonging to Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Now, one Republican lawmaker is demanding the FBI get involved.
“Open a criminal investigation”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted Friday, “The DOJ/FBI needs to open a criminal investigation into the Biden Family’s global pay to play operation.”
The emails found on the laptop indicate that Hunter Biden arranged a meeting between the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma and his then vice president father.
According to Fox News, Biden may also have been part of a scheme to collect money on behalf of his father.
Did Hunter collect money for his father?
Fox News reported that it had obtained an email that discussed “‘remuneration packages’ for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm.”
“The email appeared to identify Hunter Biden as ‘Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,’ in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co,” the outlet continued.
One section of the email speaks of a proposed equity split in which “H” will receive “20” and asks whether “10” will be “held by H for the big guy.”
According to Fox News, the outlet was able to contact one of the email’s recipients who confirmed that “the big guy” mentioned in the email is former Vice President Biden.
Republicans demand answers
Zeldin isn’t the only one demanding answers.
Nineteen Republican members of Congress wrote a letter asking FBI Director Christopher Wray why the bureau took no action despite being provided with the hard drive a year ago, Fox News reported.
The representatives also asked why potentially exculpatory material was not provided to the White House during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
“If the FBI was, in fact, in possession of this evidence and failed to alert the White House to its existence that would have given even more weight to the president’s legal defense, this was a gross error in judgement and a severe violation of trust,” the representatives said.