Senate Ukraine Report On Biden, Burisma Expected ‘in days’, Says Top GOP Senator
An explosive detailed report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is expected to be released on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukraine gas company Burisma ‘within days,’ Sen. Ron Johnson told this reporter Friday.
Moreover, Johnson’s Senate committee voted on Wednesday to authorize more than three dozen subpoenas and depositions of former senior Obama administration officials’ involved, or who had knowledge of the FBI’s probe into President Donald Trump. The issue, however, says Johnson, is that FBI Director Christopher Wray has refused to cooperate with his panel for information and documents that would aid in questioning witnesses.
The damning report is expected to detail Joe and Hunter Biden’s business connections to the Ukrainian gas giant Burisma, in which Hunter Biden was a paid board member. According to reports Hunter Biden was paid roughly $50,000 plus per month by the energy giant. His position on the gas company’s board has been questioned by both members of the GOP and some Democrats, who have noted that the former Vice President’s son has no experience in energy companies and does not speak Russian.
Moreover, as previously reported by SaraACarter.com, Johnson’s committee has been investigating Hunter Biden’s employment to Burisma because it came at the same time his father was heading the Ukraine policy for former President Obama during his tenure.
“My game plan is to get this Ukraine report out as quickly as possible,” said Johnson, who chairs the Senate committee, and wants Americans to understand that there are numerous questions regarding Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden that have not have been answered or investigated.
“I’m hopeful our report will turn some heads because my goal is to get the truth out to the American people,” he said. “The truth is a simple and important concept, don’t you think?”
A recent report by John Solomon, with Just The News, exposed that just eight months after Hunter joined the board of Burisma Holdings, U.S. officials “in Kiev developed evidence that the Ukrainian gas company may have paid a $7 million bribe to the local prosecutors investigating the firm for corruption, according to interviews and State Department memos.”
“State officials believed the alleged bribe was paid between May and December 2014 and got confirmation from one prosecutor. They argued the bribe amounted to a “gross miscarriage of justice that undermined months of US assistance” to fight corruption in Ukraine, contemporaneous memos show,” as stated by Solomon.
But the situation regarding Ukraine and the Biden’s involvement is murky. It’s even more difficult when investigating those connections in Ukraine, as Russian intelligence officials are believed to also be misleading and meddling with the U.S. election and information pertaining to both Biden, as well as, President Donald Trump.
“The Russians, the Chinese, work to sow seeds of chaos particularly during an election – they don’t care who wins they just see the advantage the gain when the nation is divided,” said a former senior U.S. Intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, due to their current employment.
However, the former official added that the connections between the former Vice President, his son and the Ukrainian gas giant are substantial and “shouldn’t be ignored. The real issue is what the Democrats aren’t discussing – if they try to blame Trump without any evidence of compromise with Russia, how can they ignore Biden and his very real connections with a foreign company connected to Ukraine, Russia.”
As for Johnson, he said he is also pushing FBI Director Christopher Wray to produce a slew of documentation that his committee has been requesting throughout the year so that the panel can appropriately question witnesses that are being subpoenaed.
The chairman, whose committee has subpoenaed a number of former senior Obama officials, stressed that the FBI has done everything to keep the documents they’ve requested from the lawmakers and from being revealed to the public. Wray has put up roadblocks at every turn and used Attorney General William Barr’s appointed Connecticut Prosecutor John “Durham’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Trump Russia probe as an excuse,” said Johnson.
“I will also keep pounding for the declassification of documents we’ve been requesting from the FBI,” Johnson said. “They are playing hide the ball and delay. We asked for all the records to be turned over. It’s an enormous cat and mouse game.”
It isn’t surprising that Wray is holding off on turning over the documentation, said one Congressional lawmaker on background because “he’s playing against the president and hedging his bets that Biden may win in November. He’s part of the same deep state bureaucracy we’ve been battling since 2016.”
On Thursday, Wray testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security about “very active efforts” by the Kremlin to influence the November election.
He told the committee it was “ sow divisiveness and discord and…to denigrate Vice President Biden.”
However, Johnson said, that the FBI has refused to provide any details on the evidence showing that Russia is supporting Trump rather than Biden. His committee has seen no evidence to support those conclusions, despite numerous requests.
Trump slammed Wray in a Tweet saying, “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia. They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfeit?) Ballot Scam.”
FBI officials did not immediately respond for comment. This story will be updated if and when they do.
It isn’t just the FBI that’s refusing to turn over documentation but the State Department has been slow to produce the documentation requested by lawmakers as well.
For example, in May, Republicans demanded that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turn over a broad scope of redacted Obama-Biden State Department documents pertaining to the corrupt Ukrainian company. However, those documents have yet to be turned over. Some senior lawmakers have told me that some GOP members are not pursuing those requests as they should have been.