Grassley Questions DOJ on Biden Family Compliance with FARA

On Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, to evaluate whether Hunter and James Biden should have registered as foreign agents for their business arrangements with the Chinese government-back energy company CEFC.

In the letter to Barr, Grassley is asking for details on what steps, if any, the Justice Department has taken to verify whether the Bidens complied with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

“FARA is an important statute that was designed not to prohibit activity but rather to require individuals to register with the DOJ if they are acting as an agent of a foreign government or enterprise to influence U.S. policy or public opinion. This helps ensure transparency and accountability in the public policy arena,” Grassley wrote.

Grassley noted that Ye Jianming, founder of CEFC, and Hunter Biden “formed a lucrative financial relationship that resulted in Hunter Biden receiving millions of dollars” while Ye and CEFC gained access to lucrative U.S. opportunities.

“The actions by Hunter Biden and James Biden on behalf of CEFC, Ye Jianming, and other officers connected to CEFC, potentially make them agents of the Chinese government,” Grassley wrote.

This is not Grassley’s first time raising concerns over the Justice Department’s FARA enforcement. In fact,

“Proper enforcement of, and compliance with, FARA remains a top priority of mine as foreign governments and enterprises continue to use agents within the United States as conduits to lobby for policy changes and engage in public relations activity for the benefit of foreign principals.”

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