Two Republican Senate chairman said on Sunday they will not at this time subpoena Hunter Biden to ask the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden about his family's foreign business dealings, including with shady Chinese businessmen.
Appearing in the first of back-to-back interviews on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News, two days before Election Day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham deflected by saying the matter falls under the jurisdiction of Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson. When Johnson appeared minutes later, the Wisconsin Republican said he wanted more documentation and witness interviews before seeking a subpoena.
Both senators were pressed on the Hunter Biden story, which has raised questions about the possible role played by Joe Biden as he vies for the White House, by host Maria Bartiromo. One of them, Graham, is up for reelection this year.
“What are you going to do, Sen. Lindsey Graham, in terms of holding people accountable? Will you subpoena Hunter Biden? Bottom line,” Bartiromo said to Graham.
The South Republican replied, “Well, that is Ron Johnson,” but listed a number of other actions he was taking as chairman of the judiciary panel, including having former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testify on Nov. 10 and the heads of social media giants, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, testify on Nov. 17.
“I’m going to have a hearing with the FBI about why did you sit on the laptop so long? What you see from the business partner of Hunter Biden is corruption at an industrial scale — influence peddling,” Graham added.
John Paul Mac Isaac, the Delaware computer repair shop owner who allegedly came into possession of the younger Biden's computer, told the New York Post that he had handed over the laptop hard drive to federal investigators in December 2019. He also said he made a copy of the hard drive and provided it to a lawyer for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani earlier this year, and the Trump personal lawyer has shared the contents, which include emails, photos, and other data, with some members of the media in recent weeks.
Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski told Tucker Carlson of Fox News last week that it was “disgusting” that his claims about Hunter and Joe Biden's brother, James, pursuing a lucrative Chinese business deal using the Biden family name were being associated with claims of “Russian disinformation” by Democrats such as Joe Biden and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
Biden and his presidential campaign have denied claims that he was aware of any foreign business dealings by his son, as is suggested in the computer materials, and Biden has called the story a “smear” and part of a “Russian plan.” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and other officials have said there is zero evidence that this was part of a Russian disinformation campaign. Neither the former vice president nor his son Hunter has denied the authenticity of the computer materials.
Bobulinski also recently corroborated the authenticity of a May 13, 2017, email from investor James Gilliar to himself, Hunter Biden's business associate Rob Walker, and James and Hunter Biden detailing a business deal between a Chinese Communist Party-linked company called CEFC and themselves, which included a reference to “the big guy” — who Bobulinski claims was Joe Biden.
“People want to see accountability senator. Are you going to subpoena Hunter Biden? What’s stopping you from subpoenaing Hunter Biden? Are you getting pressure from within the Senate?” Bartiromo asked Johnson, who made a joint appearance with Peter Schweizer, an author and president of the Government Accountability Institute who has investigated the Biden family.
“Well, you do need support, but you also need more documentation. You need to build the case before you kind of bring in the prime target of the investigation. So we’re starting to get that information,” Johnson said. “Our report basically broke a log jam, people coming forward, the computer shop repair owner stepped forward, Tony Bobulinski came forward. Certainly, I’d want to start subpoenaing people like James Gilliar and Rob Walker, the people that were involved with Tony Bobulinski as well. So you have to build the case.”
The Wisconsin Republican added that “it’s been enormously frustrating to me it has taken so long, and there has been resistance inside our conference — they’d rather concentrate on other things.”
Bobulinski has handed over a trove of hundreds of texts, emails, and business records to Johnson’s committee and to the FBI, and those messages were also obtained by the Washington Examiner. The documents show, among other things, that James Biden planned outreach to a host of Democratic politicians and world leaders as the group pursued business deals with China in 2017 and that Hunter Biden aimed to avoid having to register as a foreign agent.
“But now that so much information is being revealed, that this was being laid out in all its gory detail. … I would argue that anybody trying to work for a Biden White House, if they had the connections that Joe Biden and his family has with [the] Chinese Communist Party, they would not get security clearance. That’s a serious issue to consider when you go into the polls and whether you’re going to pull a lever for Joe Biden,” Johnson said on Sunday. “Again this is a huge mess, it’s not going away it’s going to be a bigger mess if Joe Biden becomes the president.”
“Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business with his family nor in any overseas business whatsoever,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told the Washington Examiner last week. “He has never held stock in any such business arrangements nor has any family member, or any other person ever held stock for him.”
Bobulinski said Tuesday that it was “crystal clear” that Biden was aware of the Chinese business efforts of his brother and son when Bobulinski met with him in 2017.
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