The Senate Homeland Security Committee and Finance Committee have released an interim report on their months-long joint investigation into Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
The report focuses on Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukranian natural gas firm, and Biden’s alleged “extensive and complex financial transactions.”
Senator Ron Johnson, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chairman of the Finance Committee, have stated that their investigation has “faced many obstacles” from Democrats on each committee. They also said that executive agencies have “failed to comply with document requests.”
Both chairmen have added that “there remains much work to be done” in the probe.
Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, has been in the spotlight for a long time, as his sketchy background had played a role in the impeachment efforts against President Trump earlier this year. Both Hunter and his father have denied any wrongdoing in relation to Ukraine.
The 87-page report stated that officials within the Obama administration “knew” that Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma Holdings was “problematic”. It also says that they were aware that it interfered “in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.”
“This investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch,” the report’s executive summary stated.
Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma in April of 2014. At that time, he reportedly connected the firm with consulting firm Blue Star Strategies in order to help the company fight corruption charges in Ukraine. While Hunter Biden was on the board, his father, the vice president, was running United States-Ukraine relations and policy for the Obama administration.
“Even though Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board cast a shadow over the work of those advancing anticorruption reforms in Ukraine, the Committees are only aware of two individuals who raised concerns to their superiors. Despite the efforts of these individuals, their concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears,” the Senate report stated.
State Department official George Kent, who previously testified at Trump’s impeachment hearings, and Amos Hochstein, former U.S. special envoy and coordinator for International Energy Affairs, were the only individuals who raised their concerns to Joe Biden’s office.