The international business deals of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, have come under renewed scrutiny with less than three weeks left until Election Day.
In response to recently leaked emails that appear to link the former vice president to his son’s connection to Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, reports suggest Big Tech companies are working to suppress the new information.
Nevertheless, Senate Republicans indicated this week they would be launching a probe into the questions raised by the bombshell New York Post report.
Leaked emails raise new concerns
Among the emails published on Wednesday were communications suggesting that Joe Biden, contrary to his past assertions, had intimate knowledge of his son’s connections to the foreign company, which had been the subject of a corruption investigation.
While the younger Biden held a lucrative position on the company’s board, one email indicates that he introduced his father to an executive at the same company. The alleged ties and apparent conflict of interest on display by such a connection give new credence to the theory endorsed by President Donald Trump and others that Hunter Biden’s position was ill-gotten.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden was heading up the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy at the time, leading to allegations and increased scrutiny of his actions.
“So many red flags”
In the wake of the most recent development, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmed that they are investigating the documents, according to the Post.
The lawmakers indicated that they have been in touch with a computer repairman in Delaware who allegedly uncovered the data from a discarded laptop that belonged to Hunter Bien.
“There are so many red flags about the Biden family trying to cash in on the Vice President’s position that it can be hard to keep them straight,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the committee’s chairman.
“This is election interference”
The same Senate panel released a report last month focused on the younger Biden’s foreign business dealings, though the findings were dismissed by Biden allies as rooted in Russian disinformation campaigns.
The Post article was similarly denounced, including by Twitter, which locked the newspaper’s primary account and prevented users from sharing the story it deemed “potentially harmful.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has since sounded off on what he called “election interference” on the part of social media companies. “This is election interference, and we are 19 days out from an election,” he said, according to Fox News. “Never before have we seen active censorship of a major press publication with serious allegations of corruption of one of the two candidates for president.”