WASHINGTON—Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) plans to introduce a resolution on the floor of the House of Representatives that directs three of the chamber’s committees to begin investigations of financial dealings in China and Ukraine by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
The Alabama congressman’s resolution was made public Oct. 14, and it directs the three panels as follows:
“Resolved, that the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Financial Services are directed to begin immediate investigations, within the bounds of their respective jurisdictions, into:
“Whether Robert Hunter Biden’s business dealings relating to Rosemont Seneca were ethical and proper given Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s role in the foreign policy of the United States of America;
“Whether Robert Hunter Biden’s business dealings relating to Rosemont Seneca resulted in improper conflicts of interests for Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr; and,
“Whether Robert Hunter Biden’s business dealings relating to Rosemont Seneca affected United States foreign policy or a foreign government or foreign entity’s response thereto.”
While Byrne plans to introduce the resolution Oct. 15, its prospects of ever being voted on by the full House are dim at best, since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) are moving their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump forward as rapidly as possible.
Virtually all of the impeachment inquiry is being conducted behind closed doors and no transcripts of witness testimony have been made public.
By not submitting the question of whether to open a formal impeachment investigation to the full House for an up or down vote, Pelosi and Schiff can manage the process as they wish, while blocking House Republicans from calling witnesses or issuing subpoenas.
“While Democrats intensify their partisan scheme to impeach President Trump, they continue to turn a blind eye to the Biden scandal,” Byrne said Oct. 14 in a statement announcing his resolution.
“If the same facts in the Biden case occurred with one of President Trump’s children, Democrats would have already launched a full-scale investigation,” Bryne said.
“We must draw attention to the Democrats’ hypocrisy and demand a full investigation into the Bidens and their sketchy business dealings with China and Ukraine. Instead of wasting time with the witch hunt against President Trump, Congress should demand answers from Joe and Hunter Biden and get to the bottom of all this nonsense.”
Republicans in Congress are incensed that Democrats are ignoring the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine and China, while secretly forging ahead with impeachment of Trump as a result of his July 25 telephone talk with Ukrainian officials during which he asked them for the “favor” of re-opening a controversial investigation of the Bidens.
Hunter Biden received $50,000 a month in consulting fees from a Ukraine energy company that was the focus of a corruption investigation by Viktor Shokin, who was Ukraine’s prosecutor-general at the time.
The senior Biden told Ukraine officials “you’re not getting the billion dollars” in U.S. loans if they didn’t fire Shokin before Biden left the country. Shokin was fired, much to the delight of Biden, as seen in his 2018 video description of the event.
Hunter Biden also accompanied his father on Air Force Two to China and a few days later, the Bank of China invested $1.5 billion in a firm—BHR Partners—in which the younger Biden was a partner, along with Christopher Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry, and Devon Archer, a Kerry family friend.
The senior Biden has vigorously denied accusations of wrongdoing by him or his son.
Bryne said on Fox News earlier Oct. 14 that “if the name on here was not Hunter Biden, if it were Donald Trump Jr., these investigations would have already started.”
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