Trump Says Bidens Must Testify; Sen. Graham Wants Foreign Relations Committee to Investigate Them

By Susan Jones | November 7, 2019 | 11:08am EST
Vice President Joe Biden  with his granddaughter, Finnegan Biden and son Hunter Biden upon their arrival in Beijing on December 4, 2013. (Photo by NG HAN GUAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Vice President Joe Biden with his granddaughter, Finnegan Biden and son Hunter Biden upon their arrival in Beijing on December 4, 2013. (Photo by NG HAN GUAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Quoting Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), President Trump tweeted on Thursday, "What did Hunter Biden do for the money?”

"A very good question," Trump wrote. "He and Sleepy Joe must testify!"

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Wednesday that the Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, oversees the Department of Justice and the FBI, and therefore his committee doesn't have jurisdiction to compel testimony from the Bidens about their dealings with Ukraine and any pressure they may have applied to the Obama State Department to call off an investigation into Burisma.

But Graham said he wants someone to investigate the Bidens:

"I'm hoping the (Senate) Foreign Relations Committee will look at whether or not Hunter Biden and Joe Biden did anything wrong when it came to firing the (Ukrainian) prosecutor."

Graham, pointing to investigative reporting by John Solomon, said, "The allegation is that they (the Obama State Department) withheld aid to the Ukraine unless they (Ukrainians) fired the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden's company. That's a State Department inquiry, not a Department of Justice inquiry," Graham said.

"But I do believe, based on John Solomon's reporting, somebody needs to look at whether or not the State Department was being asked to do things to get rid of the prosecutor because he was getting too close to Joe Biden."

Graham conceded that "a lot of people are frustrated. They want to get back at Hunter Biden and Joe Biden because they think they did more wrong than the president.

"We have a process in the Senate. I think what we need to do is take the John Solomon evidence that he disclosed and have a hearing regarding the State Department about what role they played in having this prosecutor fired, and see where it goes from there. That's what I think we should do."

According to Solomon:

Hunter Biden and his Ukrainian gas firm colleagues had multiple contacts with the Obama State Department during the 2016 election cycle, including one just a month before Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire the prosecutor investigating his son’s company for corruption, newly released memos show.

During that February 2016 contact, a U.S. representative for Burisma Holdings sought a meeting with Undersecretary of State Catherine A. Novelli to discuss ending the corruption allegations against the Ukrainian firm where Hunter Biden worked as a board member, according to memos obtained under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. (I filed that suit this summer with the help of the public interest law firm the Southeastern Legal Foundation.)

Just three weeks before Burisma’s overture to State, Ukrainian authorities raided the home of the oligarch who owned the gas firm and employed Hunter Biden, a signal the long-running corruption probe was escalating in the middle of the U.S. presidential election.

Hunter Biden’s name, in fact, was specifically invoked by the Burisma representative as a reason the State Department should help, according to a series of email exchanges among U.S. officials trying to arrange the meeting. The subject line for the email exchanges read simply “Burisma.”

Solomon, in that same report, said, "the records do indicate that Hunter Biden’s fellow American board member at Burisma,  Devon Archer, secured a meeting on March 2, 2016 with Secretary of State John Kerry." Solomon said the subject of the Archer-Kerry meeting is not known, but he also noted that Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, had been a business partner with both Archer and Hunter Biden at the Rosemont Seneca investment firm in the United States.

You can read Solomon's full report here:



 

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