In the wake of a bombshell report by the New York Post raising new concerns about former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in his son’s international business dealings, President Donald Trump called on the Department of Justice to launch an investigation.
While Trump received some criticism seeking a probe of his political rival, a group of 11 House Republicans have submitted a similar request in the form of a letter sent on Monday to Attorney General William Barr, as reported by Fox News.
The renewed interest in Hunter Biden’s dubious foreign ties stemmed from emails allegedly recovered from his discarded laptop, which indicated his father had been more involved in those deals than previously acknowledged.
“These alleged revelations raise serious questions about former Vice President Joe Biden’s reported participation with his son’s business, dealings, specifically whether the former vice president (1) received foreign monies during his tenure in the Obama administration and (2) if former Vice President Biden allowed his son to peddle access to his father with foreign business entities,” the GOP lawmakers wrote.
The younger Biden has faced scrutiny on several fronts, most notably regarding his lucrative seat on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings.
Before the most recent allegations surfaced, Joe Biden insisted that he had “never spoken” to his son about those international financial interests. Given the nature of the Post report, however, the former vice president is in the hot seat with less than two weeks left until Election Day.
“If these reports about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, are true, the former vice president fell far short of his responsibility to uphold his constitutional oath and betrayed the sacred trust of the American people,” read the letter sent to Barr this week.
“A duty to inform us”
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is pressing the FBI to provide details about the validity of the emails and their implications regarding the Democratic presidential nominee.
After reportedly receiving a tip last month that a whistleblower had obtained Hunter Biden’s laptop and turned it over to the bureau, Johnson sought clarification from FBI Director Chris Wray.
“The FBI has a duty to inform us,” he said, according to Fox News. “If they believe this was maybe Russian disinformation, they should give us a defensive briefing. If, for example, they also believe that what information this whistleblower gave us is fraudulent, that would also be a crime, and FBI should tell us that.”
While Joe Biden has largely skirted the issue ahead of a final presidential debate set for Thursday, he responded to one reporter’s question by blaming “Trump’s henchman,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for launching “a last-ditch effort” to smear his name, the Daily Mail reported.
As an increasing number of elected officials seek answers, though, it seems unlikely that this scandal will fade away before voters head to the polls.