GOP will investigate Hunter Biden payments to Russia-linked escorts

Republicans on Capitol Hill have pledged they will investigate Hunter Biden’s payments to Russia-linked escorts — which the Washington Examiner revealed were unwittingly funded by Joe Biden.

“If I’m reelected and Republicans gain the majority, I would become chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told the Washington Examiner. “In that position, I will continue to investigate the corruption and potential criminal activity that Chuck Grassley and I exposed in our September 2020 report which included Hunter Biden’s financial transactions that were linked to what appeared to be an ‘Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.’”

Johnson added: “As bad as the sleaze and corruption of the Biden Inc. family is, what troubles me even more is the complicity and corruption of the legacy media and certain elements within our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. That corruption needs to be investigated.”

JOE BIDEN UNWITTINGLY FINANCED HUNTER BIDEN’S TRYSTS WITH RUSSIA-LINKED ESCORTS

The bombshell announcement comes after the Washington Examiner reported that the president apparently unwittingly financed his son’s participation in an escort ring tied to Russia, records from a copy of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop show, and some of the younger Biden’s payments may have generated suspicious activity reports with his banks. Biden spent over $30,000 on escorts, many of whom were linked to “.ru” Russian email addresses and worked with an “exclusive model agency” called UberGFE, during a period of 3 1/2 months between November 2018 and March 2019. He managed to do so thanks in part to Joe Biden committing to wiring him a total of $100,000 to help pay his bills from December 2018 to January 2019.

A 2020 Senate report by Grassley (R-IA) and Johnson said: “Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries,” and records note some of these transactions are linked to what “appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”

The report said Hunter Biden “sent thousands of dollars” to people either involved in “transactions consistent with possible human trafficking” or “potential association with prostitution.” Some of the women “subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.”

Biden disclosed in text messages with a woman named Eva, the go-between who served as his primary point of contact for UberGFE, that his accounts were temporarily frozen at one point because his attempted payments to her “girls” with Russian email accounts were too much of a “red flag” for his bank. The president’s son spent over $30,000 with Russian escorts linked to Eva and UberGFE between Nov. 26, 2018, and March 10, 2019. Eva directed him to make payments to bank accounts linked to Russian email addresses at least 11 times during that time frame.

The website tied to UberGFE had previously touted apparently locations in “Moscow — St. Petersburg — Kiev” and currently notes that its “head office of operators” is in Ukraine.

In an 83-second video retrieved by the Washington Examiner that the younger Biden filmed and sent to Eva in January 2019, he can be heard having a conversation with an escort, asking if he had ever hurt her. His father had helped wire him $5,000 that day.

“I am highly concerned in terms of Joe Biden’s compromise. The fact that he might have funded his son’s use of — potentially — escorts in part of a sex scandal, a global sex scandal, sex operation. It’s also troubling that the Department of Justice from what we can tell is doing nothing to investigate or prosecute that,” Johnson also said on Just The News’s “Not Noise” program on Wednesday.

“The president of the United States has repeatedly lied to cover up his financial ties to his son’s illicit dealings — both professional and recreational,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner. “The more we learn about the Bidens’ connections to China and Russia, the more questions there are to be answered. Even the possibility of foreign adversaries being able to blackmail the president and his family presents a major national security threat and must be fully investigated.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the former head of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told the Washington Examiner: “We are seeing evidence that the President of the United States may be compromised in ways we are only beginning to understand. That’s why Congress must commit to getting the truth — no matter what it reveals about Joe Biden.”

Grassley and Johnson had sent a 2019 letter to the director of FinCEN requesting “all Suspicious Activity Reports” tied to Hunter Biden and his businesses.

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Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Wednesday that the Treasury Department is restricting access to the suspicious activity reports on the younger Biden and his business associates and that he is investigating whether that is being done to protect President Joe Biden and his son.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeatedly refused to answer questions about the voicemail during a Tuesday briefing, saying that “I’m not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop.”

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