Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., argued this week that Congress and the publish should have been made aware of the federal government’s investigation into Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, well before November’s election.
“I’m sympathetic for keeping investigations confidential unless there’s an indictment,” Johnson said on Sunday, referencing a recent report that Attorney General William Barr made efforts to keep information about the Hunter Biden investigations from the public.
“But when you’re talking about investigations within the political realm, particularly one that would have affected the impeachment trial of the sitting U.S. president in the U.S. Senate, that should have been relevant information, the fact that they had Hunter Biden’s computer that had all these emails back in December 2019,” Johnson continued.
Senate Republicans issued subpoenas to nearly two dozen entities Hunter Biden was connected to after it became apparent during the Democrats’ failed impeachment attempt that Hunter Biden was involved in several questionable foreign business deals while Joe Biden was Vice President.
“That whole issue was brought forth during the impeachment. That’s when we started expanding our Ukrainian investigation to include his financial dealings, and then when we started seeing all these wire transfers that were connected to Hunter Biden,” Johnson explained.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, of which Johnson is the chair, released a report in September detailing the findings of their investigation into Hunter Biden and the Biden family.
The investigation uncovered, among other things, that “Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board negatively impacted the efforts of dedicated career-service individuals who were fighting to push for anticorruption measures in Ukraine” and that “[Hunter] Biden and [his business partner’s] work with Chinese nationals connected to the Communist regime illustrate the deep financial connections that accelerated while Joe Biden was vice president and continued after he left office.”