Two Republican senators who also chair powerful committees are moving forward with an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden now that the impeachment trial has concluded, according to The Hill.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Governmental Affairs and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have requested a number of documents about Hunter Biden’s past international travel and his work with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings from the State Department, the U.S. Secret Service, and other governmental agencies.
Johnson said he hoped that the end of the impeachment process would help the investigation into the Bidens pick up steam.
“It doesn’t surprise me that the administration basically kind of put a hold on just about everything until we got by impeachment,” Johnson said. “We’re in contact with the administration and with those departments, and they are telling us that they’ve got responsive documents.”
Wheels beginning to turn
The Treasury Department has already begun to produce requested documents, but it is unclear how long it might take for the probe to make real progress.
The senators indicated their hope that things will break before the 2020 election, though it remains to be seen whether Biden will still even be a viable candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination much longer. Just the speculation that he may have been involved in wrongdoing concerning Ukraine seems to have hurt Biden, who was long said to be a frontrunner to take on President Donald Trump in November but has since had dismal outcomes in both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.
At issue is whether Hunter Biden was given a lucrative spot on the board of Burisma in exchange for access to his father, who was vice president at the time and was also then-President Barack Obama’s point man in Kyiv.
Questions have also been raised by a now-infamous video that shows Joe Biden bragging about threatening to withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine to force the firing of prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was known to be investigating potential corruption involving Burisma.
Ironically, Biden said he told Ukraine he would prevent the release of $1 billion in aid in what most observers would call a quid pro quo, but Democrats who impeached Trump for allegedly withholding promised assistance to further his own interests do not seem to believe Biden did anything that would warrant further inquiry.
Far from “debunked”
The mainstream media establishment has tried mightily to claim that any potential Biden wrongdoing has been thoroughly “debunked,” and that the then-VP sought Shokin’s ouster simply because he was ineffective in rooting out corruption on a broader scale in Ukraine.
However, Grassley and Johnson do not seem to be convinced, and they are hoping to find out for themselves in relatively short order what actually took place, and it really is high time for the conduct of the Bidens in Ukraine and beyond to receive substantive scrutiny.
“I hope we have the information way before the election. Some of these things might be some loose ends that could be tied up pretty quickly,” Johnson said.