WASHINGTON — Following Russia’s recent sanctions on Hunter Biden, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Oversight Republicans today raised concerns about Hunter Biden’s questionable foreign business dealings in Russia and Ukraine. In letters to White House Counsel Dana Remus and Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, the Republican lawmakers outlined Hunter Biden’s attempts to profit off his status as President Biden’s son and request all documents and communications related to his business schemes with U.S. foreign adversaries.
“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,” wrote the lawmakers. “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… 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.”
On July 14, 2021, Committee Republicans sought information on the Biden family’s decades-long efforts to profit from Joe Biden’s positions of public trust. Hunter Biden has particularly benefitted from his father’s political career. Despite having no demonstrable qualifications, Hunter Biden has managed a Ukrainian energy conglomerate, helped facilitate the sale of a cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from an American company to a Chinese company, brokered a deal for an oil pipeline in Kazakhstan, provided counsel on the intricacies of Romanian criminal law, and began a career in the arts as an amateur painter.
“Hunter Biden’s dealings have not gone unnoticed, and a Department of Justice probe begun under the Obama Administration has expanded to include a wide variety of potential violations and crimes,” continued the lawmakers. “The evidence is now clear that not only did Joe Biden talk to his son about his overseas business dealings, but he also met with his son’s associates. The misleading statements by President Biden are even more troubling now that Russia has singled out Hunter Biden on its sanctions list instead of any of the other Biden children. Given Hunter Biden’s foreign business relationships in Ukraine and Russia and the current international landscape, we are concerned about whether Hunter Biden continues to profit off his status as President Biden’s son as well as whether foreign adversaries may be attempting to exploit questionable business dealings.”
The letter to NARA can be found here.
The letter to White House Counsel can be found here.