Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are seeking clarification from the FBI regarding a 2020 briefing in which the agency claimed that the senators’ investigation into Hunter Biden was advancing Russian disinformation. Grassley, referring to the briefing as “totally unnecessary,” believes it was an attempt to discredit their oversight. The senators have raised concerns about the handling of information related to the Hunter Biden investigation and questioned whether there was a broader effort by federal law enforcement to suppress criticism of the Biden family before the 2020 election.
Investigation into Hunter Biden
Grassley and Johnson initiated an investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial dealings, particularly his role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings. The FBI briefing took place while the senators were finalizing their report, which was released in September 2020. The senators allege that FBI officials downplayed negative information about Hunter Biden by labeling it as “disinformation” to halt further investigation. Whistleblowers have also claimed that local FBI leadership instructed employees not to examine the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop immediately after it was obtained by the FBI.
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Mixed Messages and Corruption Concerns
Johnson expressed concern over the contradictory messages from the FBI and emphasized the need to uncover a larger story of corruption that goes beyond the Biden family. He questioned the complicity of federal law enforcement and the unequal application of justice, suggesting that the corruption spans across administrations and raises questions about orchestration and sustainability.
FBI Response and Senate Reports
The FBI declined to comment on the briefing or the downplaying of derogatory information about Hunter Biden. Grassley and Johnson released their Hunter Biden report in September 2020, which revealed that Obama administration officials were aware of the problematic nature of Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma. The report also uncovered potential criminal activity and questionable financial transactions involving Hunter Biden and his associates with individuals connected to Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.
The House Judiciary, Oversight, and Ways and Means committees have requested transcribed interviews from multiple government officials regarding allegations of political influence in the Hunter Biden investigation. The House Oversight Committee is conducting its own investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings, uncovering evidence of attempts to peddle influence and conceal financial transactions. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice recently announced that Hunter Biden will plead guilty to federal tax and firearm charges, likely avoiding prison time.