In the wake of revelations included in a new Senate report, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son is facing increased scrutiny over a series of controversial foreign business deals.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to the development by announcing his plan to refer the report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a criminal investigation, as reported by National Review.
“Probably a felony”
Paul’s remarks came on Wednesday evening, a short time after the joint report on Hunter Biden was released by the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Raising concerns that the younger Biden used his father’s position as vice president during the Obama administration to enrich himself. The report linked him to dozens of financial transactions that only deepen ongoing controversy.
“I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal,” he told host Martha MacCallum during a segment of Fox News Channel’s The Story this week.
Adding that the allegation amounts to “probably a felony,” Paul went on to state his belief that “it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million” and question whether it was “reported accurately.”
In the congressman’s view, this report brought attention to matters that deserve a more thorough probe by federal investigators.
“I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice,” Paul said, according to Fox. “So I’m going to send the report over tomorrow. I don’t know if the whole committee will vote for it but … we are asking for a criminal referral.”
“Asking for a criminal referral”
The senator also said the report would serve as evidence for government lawyers to use in determining whether they “have enough to prosecute,” but expressed confidence in his belief that it deserved such a referral to the Justice Department.
The report’s authors acknowledged that they could not verify all of its allegations, including that “Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an ‘Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring,'” which seems to bolster Paul’s call for a more robust investigation.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, reportedly reached out to FBI Director Christopher Wray to inquire about what efforts the bureau has made to follow up on the committees’ findings.
With Hunter Biden’s father leading the presidential ticket weeks out from an election, it is perhaps not surprising that Democrats have been largely tight-lipped in reaction to the new report.