It seemed bad enough for Democrats that Hunter Biden was traveling the world while collecting checks because of his father’s name, particularly when those checks came from Red Chinese state companies. Whether Joe Biden was involved or not, and the “Big Guy” email makes many think he was, it’s still very bad optics for the Democrats.
Well, things just got worse for them. Now House Republicans have dragged Obama into it, so the former president is potentially implicated in the scandal that seems to get worse by the day.
News on that comes from Fox, which reports that Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee wrote a letter demanding that Hunter and his Obama ties be investigated.
First, the lawmakers described why Hunter’s activities, particularly those in Eastern Europe, are all the more relevant now, saying:
On March 15, 2022, the Russian government announced sanctions on President Biden,
members of the Biden Administration, Hillary Clinton, and the President’s son, Hunter Biden. While “it’s unlikely many top Democratic officials will be affected by those measures[,]” it is the inclusion of Hunter Biden—decidedly not a “Democratic official”—that raises serious questions. The nation’s adversaries apparently see the President’s son as a pressure point to exploit. Additionally, his inclusion on the list is the latest evidence that Hunter Biden has indeed engaged in business schemes with our adversaries. Therefore, we request information the White House Counsel’s Office (WHCO) possesses regarding Hunter Biden’s dealings in Russia and Ukraine.
The Russian government’s sanctioning of Hunter Biden and, notably, none of the other Biden children, raises questions about his connections to Russia. The payment of $3.5 million to Hunter Biden or a company associated with him by Elena Baturina, a Russian businesswoman and former wife of former Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, has raised the attention of the United States Senate and demonstrates Hunter Biden’s previous dealings with the Russian political class. Hunter Biden’s connections throughout the Russian sphere of influence have now become especially relevant in the fast-moving and developing Russian war in Ukraine. If the Russian government is attempting to influence American policy in Ukraine by exploiting Hunter Biden’s connection with his father—the President of the United States—the American people deserve to know it.
But we’ve heard all that before: most everyone knows, at this point, that Hunter was collecting checks from Eastern Europe, most infamously the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow and as a member of the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company.
So it was what came later in the letter that was shocking. The GOP House then, dragged the Obama White House into the controversy, saying:
Hunter Biden’s dealings have not gone unnoticed, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) probe begun under the Obama Administration has expanded to include a wide variety of potential violations and crimes. According to the New York Times, Hunter Biden is currently under investigation by DOJ for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and possible criminal tax evasion and money laundering. Read more