The Democrats want to protect their own, so they’re never going to investigate Hunter Biden and what kind of business dealings he was involved in China. Now that it’s out, someone needs to investigate to find out the details. Luckily, there’s a GOP Senate Chair who’s up for the job.
The main reason for the investigation is to determine if Hunter Biden’s activities with a Chinese-based company when his father was VP created any kind of conflict of interest as well as national security issues.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is the one who is ready to take the heat. Sitting as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, he has already received a classified briefing on the matter. This briefing was put together by officials from the Office of the Dir. of National Intelligence, the Commerce Department, and the Treasury Department.
The briefing identifies the role that Hunter Biden had with BHR Partners, a Chinese equity firm where Biden sat on the board. The firm was created through a deal that took place between Rosemont Seneca Partners, a US investment firm that Hunter Biden has a stake in, along with Chinese financiers.
According to Grassley’s communications director, Michael Zona, Grassley wants to review additional material and contact agencies over the next few weeks with follow-up questions.
There is enough to raise eyebrows, so the investigation is something that needs to get done. In 2013, Hunter Biden joined the BHR board. In 2015, they acquired a US auto company, Henniges Automotive, for $600 million in partnership with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. Henniges is responsible for producing various technologies with military applications. Additionally, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China has been suspected of hacking networks in the US in the past to steal military airplane designs to use for themselves.
When this deal went down, the Secretary of State was John Kerry. Kerry would have had to approve the transaction. Additionally, Christopher Heinz, the stepson of John Kerry, was working at Rosemont Seneca with Hunter Biden.
Grassley has plenty of questions, and rightfully so. He wants to know about the transaction and how Obama administration officials may have applied pressure to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) to approve the deal. CFIUS would have evaluated deals to identify any possible national security implications.
Grassley wrote that there is definitely a cause for concern that there may have been conflicts of interest to influence the approval of the Henniges transaction. As such, Congress and the rest of the American public need to fully understand the decision-making process that led to the deal being approved as well as how fully CFIUS considered the national security risks of the transaction.
Hunter Biden has recently stepped down from the board of BHR. It makes sense considering all of the news that he has been thrust into. It was likely done to protect his father, too. However, he has not sold his 10% stake within the company. His lawyer has also denied that Biden has done any wrongdoing.
Grassley certainly isn’t going to make any friends with the Democrats now that he is launching a full investigation into Hunter Biden. However, Grassley isn’t running for president, so the Democrats cannot call any kind of wrongdoing because there’s nothing for Grassley to gain based on the results of the investigation. However, if there are details about the investigation that show that there was any kind of collusion, or Joe Biden was involved with how his son was able to conduct business and create conflicts of interest, it will not bode well for Biden.
In the past month, a number of people have started to ask questions about Joe Biden and just how honest he was throughout his eight-year term as vice president. Trump began asking questions, starting with Ukraine – and Hunter Biden was involved there, too. It seems as though Hunter Biden was able to make quite a few connections thanks to who his father was.
The Democrats didn’t like Trump asking questions, which is leading to the impeachment inquiry. However, Grassley has questions, too. He’s determined to get to the bottom of it, and there are plenty of committees and departments who are more than happy to provide the necessary documents and briefings in order for the investigation to be completed to the fullest without the Democrats complaining too heavily. The only problem will be if Grassley starts to uncover documents that could actually hurt Biden and his ability to get elected.