The matter of impeaching President Trump over his purported involvement in the UkraineGate scandal may be finished, but an investigation into the concerns that sparked the entire mess is just beginning.
At the center of the controversy is Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Hunter, who was granted a highly lucrative spot on the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, is believed by some to have received the position on account of his father’s clout. In a country as corrupt as Ukraine, this was a red flag for some who wanted to ensure that the deal was on the up-and-up before committing American military funds to the tiny European nation.
The Democrats saw this investigatory push as somehow improper, and thusly impeached the President for it.
The Senate will now be taking a much closer look at Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine, possibly signaling that some vindication could be on the way for President Trump.
The Treasury Department complied with a Republican-controlled Senate inquiry into Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and handed over highly sensitive financial records and “evidence of questionable origin,” a report on Thursday said.
Yahoo News first reported that the Treasury Department began to turn over the documents related to the Senate inquiry late last year.
Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Ron. Johnson, R-Wisc., the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, requested the records in the form of a suspicious activity report, also known as a SARs. They also requested financial records through FinCEN, which is a branch of the Treasury Department that eyes money laundering.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who sits on the Finance Committee, told Yahoo News that the swift response from Treasury is a “blatant double standard” considering how the Trump administration responded to Democrats’ effort to obtain documents and witness testimony in his impeachment trial.
Former Vice President and current 2020 Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden has long insisted that his son had done nothing wrong, and has repeatedly suggested that such an investigation is wholly without merit.
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