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Sen. Rand Paul will refer Hunter Biden for DOJ criminal investigation

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Fox News reported Wednesday that Sen. Rand Paul plans to refer Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to the Department of Justice for a “criminal referral.” The call for a referral came on the heels of a Senate report, which revealed that more than $3.5 million had been transferred into his bank account from the wife of a former Moscow Mayor, among other suspicious financial transactions.

The explosive report released by Senator’s Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, revealed that the U.S. Treasury Department had been monitoring suspicious transactions into Hunter Biden’s bank account from Russia, Ukraine and China.

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The lengthy report showed that Hunter Biden took $3.5 million in a wire transfer from Elena Baturina. Baturina is the richest woman in Russia and the widow of Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow, with links to Vladimir Putin. The wire transfer took place in 2014, during the time Vice President Biden was serving in the Obama administration. “Baturina became Russia’s only female billionaire when her plastics company, Inteko, received a series of Moscow municipal contracts while her husband was mayor,” the report noted.

Paul told Fox News that the transaction is highly suspicious and should be investigated by the Department of Justice.

“I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal. I think that is against the law, and probably a felony. I think it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million,” Paul told Fox News. “Was it reported accurately? 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. I don’t know if the whole committee will vote for it, but I’m sending the report, tomorrow, to the Department of Justice, and we’re asking for a criminal referral.”

Another key finding in the report alleges that “Hunter Biden had business associations with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army. Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in cash flow.”

As alarming, another finding in the report shows that “Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an ‘Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.’”

Hunter Biden’s work with Burisma Holdings was highly criticized behind closed doors when his father was Vice President. Former Vice President Joe Biden had been put in charge of overseeing foreign issues with Ukraine when his son became a paid board member for Burisma, in which he received a salary of roughly $50,000 per month.

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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