Top House Republican raises concerns over alleged ‘national security risk’ of Hunter Biden links to unsanctioned Russian oligarchs

President Joe Biden’s administration has imposed harsh economic sanctions against many influential and wealthy Russian oligarchs, albeit with a few exceptions, and now some Republicans are questioning why certain Russian oligarchs have apparently been excluded from the collective punishment for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Rep. James Comer (R-KY), a top House Republican, is now wondering if those Russian oligarchs left off the sanctions link were excluded due to their prior business ties to Hunter Biden, who Comer described as a “national security risk” for his father Joe’s presidency, Fox News reported.

Are unsanctioned Russian oligarchs linked to Hunter Biden?

During a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Rep. Comer, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, expressed his concerns over possible financial connections between the president’s son and certain Russian oligarchs who appear to have escaped the harsh U.S. sanctions thus far.

“I’ve been saying for months that Hunter Biden is a national security risk. The question now is what did Joe Biden know and when did he know it?” Comer said.

“Because Hunter Biden’s whole business model revolved around doing favors for his clients,” he continued. “In fact, if you look at two of the Russian oligarchs who paid Hunter Biden money, they had just been mysteriously left off this White House’s sanctions list of Russian billionaire oligarchs. We’ve asked for information from the White House as to why this omission from the two people that we know transacted money to Hunter Biden’s account, so this is a national security risk.”

“We, as Republicans and as business owners and taxpayers, we’ve been asking for months, why did Joe Biden make some of the decisions that he makes? Maybe the reason is because Hunter Biden is compromised and therefore Joe Biden is compromised with some of these Russian oligarchs and some of these shady communist China companies,” the Kentucky congressman added.

Questions raised after Hunter Biden counter-sanctioned by Russia

This is not the first time that Rep. Comer has broached this particular topic, as he had raised similar questions in March after Russia, in response to the U.S. sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine, had issued sanctions of its own against President Biden and several of his top allies and associates, including his son Hunter.

In reference to the Russian sanctions against Hunter Biden, Comer and other committee Republicans said in a March 31 letter to the Biden administration, “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,” the congressman continued. “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.”

The letter ultimately added, “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.”

Connections to apparently unsanctioned Russian oligarch Elena Butarina

Though Rep. Comer didn’t name the referenced Russian oligarchs linked to Hunter Biden who were left off the U.S. sanctions list, the New York Post reported in April that one of those unsanctioned Russian oligarchs appeared to be Elena Baturina, the former wife of late Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who in 2014 had inexplicably wired $3.5 million to Hunter Biden’s investment firm, Rosemont Seneca.

In a letter at that time from Oversight Republicans to Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen, Comer, and his GOP colleagues wrote, “​If​ ​the United States is avoiding sanctioning certain Russian oligarchs because of concerns they may attempt to influence American policy by exploiting Hunter Biden’s connection with his father​ — the President of the United States​ — the American people deserve to know it​.”

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