Top Republicans are calling for the FBI and Justice Department to investigate a series of wire transfers from Russian and Chinese businesspeople to Hunter Biden, after Senate Republicans released a Wednesday report detailing the suspicious transactions - including a $3.5 million wire from a Russian billionaire whose late husband was the mayor of Moscow.
On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray inquiring whether the agency has investigated the wire transfers. The letter follows a Wednesday comment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who told Fox News that he would be submitting a criminal referral to the Justice Department over the payments, according to the Daily Caller.
A report that Senate Republicans released Wednesday detailed millions of dollars in transfers to and from accounts linked to Hunter Biden and various business associates, including his uncle James Biden.
The report, which cited confidential Treasury Department documents, said that the transactions had been “identified for potential financial criminal activity.” Republicans said that the payments raised “criminal financial, counterintelligence and extortion concerns.”
According to the report, Elena Baturina, a Russian billionaire whose late husband was mayor of Moscow, wired $3.5 million in February 2014 to a company co-founded by Biden. The report also said that Biden wired money to people linked to sex trafficking and prostitution in Eastern Europe. -Daily Caller
Russian Billionaire wired Hunter Biden 3 1/2 Million Dollars. This on top of all of the other money he received while Joe was V.P. Crooked as can be, but Fake Mainstream Media wants it to just go away!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2020
Meanwhile, PLA-linked Chinese businessman Ye Jianming - chairman of Chinese energy conglomerate CEFC China Energy - wired hundreds of thousands of dollars to accounts linked to Biden in 2017, according to the GOP report. According to the Caller, Jianming was a top official during the mid-2000s for the China Association for International Friendly Contacts - a PLA front group which engages in "intelligence collection" for Beijing.
"The report…shows that the FBI has been aware of some misconduct for years," wrote Jordan in the letter to Wray.
Of course, according to Joe Biden, there wasn't "one single scintilla of evidence" that Hunter did anything wrong.
$3.5 million wire transfer to Hunter Biden from former Mayor of Moscow's wife, that nobody knows what it was for, is apparently not "improper." According to Rand Paul it's criminal! - Supercut: Biden Insists There’s ‘Not One Single Scintilla of Evidence’ of Hunter Improprieties pic.twitter.com/a7f6sqlLzj— Alexandra Datig | Parler: @alexdatig (@alexdatig) September 24, 2020
Read the rest of the report here.