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Senator Rand Paul to Refer Hunter Biden’s Revelations to Justice Department for Criminal Investigation
By Bob Adelmann
Following Wednesday’s release of Congress’ report on Hunter Biden’s corrupt dealings while his father was President Obama’s vice president, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said he would refer it to the Department of Justice as the report revealed “a criminal investigation that’s justified.”
He touched on a tiny piece of the revelations: “I think riding on Air Force One and doing business is illegal … and probably a felony. I think it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million … was it reported accurately?”
He added: “I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice. So I’m going to send the report over tomorrow. I don’t know if the whole committee [Rand is chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations] will vote for it but … we are asking for a criminal referral.”
When The New American reviewed the 87-page report, we quoted from it that “Hunter Biden [and his business partner] were paid millions of dollars from a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch for their participation on the board [of his company].”
We touched on some of Hunter Biden’s dealings that could put legs under any criminal investigation:
The report said that Hunter Biden benefitted far beyond the $50,000 monthly salary he was being paid for being on the board. Hunter, said the report, “formed significant and consistent financial relationships” with Burisma’s corrupt founder, resulting in his making “millions of dollars from that association” while his father was Obama’s vice president.
It gets worse: “The committees also said they obtained records from the U.S. Treasury Department that ‘show potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals.’”
And even worse: “The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what ‘appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.’”
And still worse: “In addition, the younger Biden had ‘business associations with … Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army.… Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in cash flow.’”
And Hunter Biden continued to profit long after he allegedly resigned from the board: “[Hunter] Biden’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.”
Representative Jim Jordan, the ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, examined the report and asked FBI Director Christopher Wray if he was looking into it as well. Jordan raised the issue of Biden’s involvement in sex trafficking, quoting from the report in his letter to Wray that the younger Biden had “allegedly sent ‘thousands of dollars’ to individuals involved in human trafficking and organized prostitution.”
From the report:
Records on file with the Committees do not directly confirm or refute these individual reports. However, they do confirm that Hunter Biden sent thousands of dollars to individuals who have either: 1) been involved in transactions consistent with possible human trafficking; 2) an association with the adult entertainment industry; or 3) potential association with prostitution. Some recipients of those funds are Ukrainian and Russian citizens.
If any criminal investigation takes place, it might find that Hunter Biden’s involvement in sex trafficking is even worse and more horrific than his making of millions of dollars off his father’s contacts and credibility. As Zack Smith, a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, explained:
Sex trafficking is a serious problem we face today. Organized crime is drawn to it because it is highly profitable, and unlike other sources of revenue such as guns or drugs, one victim can generate recurring revenues for the organization over time.
If there is a suggestion of potential sex trafficking, further investigation may be warranted. If someone patronizes a victim of sex trafficking, they are participating in that person’s victimization and are likely helping to fund further victimization and criminal activities.
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Rudolph Atallah, a former advisor in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense agrees with Smith:
A lot of these networks are really nasty criminals, and what they do is heart-wrenching. Most of the victims are young, poor, kidnapped or refugees — they might be looking for jobs in other countries, and these networks take them in, take away their passports, and then it’s almost impossible for them to get out.
If there is a criminal investigation and if it proves that Hunter Biden did indeed aid and abet these criminal enterprises, it will only confirm the depths of degradation to which the son of former Vice President Joe Biden has sunk. His life reeks of corruption, ranging from a history of cocaine use that resulted in him, as Hollie McKay pointed out in an article at Fox News, “being kicked out of the Navy Reserve in 2014, and raised questions over how he received an age waiver to join in the first place, to his relationship with the widow of his deceased brother [Beau Biden], to an affair with a stripper in which he ended up fathering a child, and last year became embroiled in a court battle concerning [that child’s] support.”
If any of that can be proved, it will overshadow any of Hunter Biden’s financial self-dealings with foreign nationals and Chinese communists or whether he not he flew on Air Force One.
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An Ivy League graduate and former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American, writing primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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