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WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to media outlets like the New York Post and Fox News, GOP senators have claimed that the Secret Service “hid” information on the travels of Hunter Biden. 

On Tuesday, January 18th, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) penned a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray alleging that the agency “hid names and other information” contained in “email conversations regarding Hunter Biden without any proper legal justification.”

The GOP senators are demanding answers about Hunter’s overseas travels during President Joe Biden’s first two terms in office.

In the letter, Grassley and Johnson said that they did not receive any documents or communications about Hunter’s travels for the years 2010, 2011, and 2013.

On Friday, January 21st, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Grassley said:

“There’s three years we don’t have any information for. And then in regard to where we did get the information, it was so heavily redacted that it was hard to make sense out of it.”

He told host Todd Piro that because of the oversight powers outlined in the Constitution, the documents did not need to be redacted for members of Congress, adding:

“It’s like pulling teeth to get answers from the executive branch, particularly on this subject.”

Grassley maintains that transparency on these issues will lead to accountability for the president’s son and that his travel information should be made public. He said:

“We know that [Hunter Biden] traveled sometimes in an airplane with his father. I can’t make any accusations against the president of the United States, but I think we have a right to know what the son was doing in those instances.”

In their letter, the senators specifically noted that documents turned over at their request “do not show whether [Secret Service] personnel or Hunter Biden traveled to Kazakhstan in May or June 2014” during a trip to Paris.

In 2021, the Washington Examiner reported that Hunter, whose father was vice president at the time, decided to ditch his Secret Service bodyguards before flying to Kazakhstan to pursue a deal on behalf of the Ukrainian energy company Bursima. 

Hunter reportedly planned to meet with then-Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov, who has been arrested on treason charges following his ouster as head of the country’s counterintelligence and anti-terror agency.

Critics have accused Hunter of influence-peddling and a report in 2021 said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was investigating a consulting firm linked to Hunter over its work for Bursima, which allegedly paid him as much as $1 million a year. 

In 2020, Hunter disclosed that he was under investigation for possible tax fraud involving his business dealings in China and other foreign countries.

In their letter, the senators expressed “serious concerns” over the “extensive Freedom of Information Act redactions, which do not apply to Congress” in the 259 pages they received from the Secret Service. They wrote:

“These inappropriate redactions impede our offices’ ability to understand the full scope of the interactions between Hunter Biden, his associates, and the USSS.”

The senators said they wanted a response “as soon as possible” and set a January 26th deadline. While on “Fox & Friends,” Grassley was asked if he thought the Secret Service was covering for Hunter, to which he responded by saying:

“At this point, you can’t draw any other conclusions.”

He said that the Secret Service would have provided all requested documents if it were not covering for Hunter. Grassley then called on the media to act as a “policemen” in order to keep politicians and government officials honest. He added:

“That’s what the First Amendment, freedom of speech and press, is all about – to make sure that government doesn’t interfere.”

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Rep. Brooks calls for investigation into Hunter Biden, says “art sales” a pay to play scheme for White House access

December 8th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican Representative Mo Brooks has called for a select committee investigation into alleged corruption concerning his artwork.

Brooks is suggesting the investigation because Hunter is allegedly only getting art sales so that they buyers get access to the President.

Brooks and other Republican leaders suggest that the profits that Hunter is seeing for his works of art are greatly inflated.

Brooks and others have called for the investigation to determine if people are overpaying for the artwork by Hunter just so they can buy an audience with his father.

Brooks calls for the investigation to occur when and if the Republicans are voted in full control of the House of Representatives following the next election. Brooks told Breitbart news:

“While Socialist Democrats claim you can identify as just about anything you want, everyone can agree that Hunter Biden can’t identify as an artist.

Despite this, his paintings sell for tens of thousands of dollars. The White House released a report that the art market is ripe for financial corruption. Yet somehow, they claim Hunter is immune from this. It’s quite apparent that people are not paying these outrageous prices for the ‘art.’

“They are purchasing access to the Biden name. This is nothing new for the Biden family. It is clear that for full transparency, a full select committee investigation into Hunter Biden and all of his scandals, including his laptop, is needed once Republicans take back control of the House in 2022.”

Brooks is not the only person who is asking for there to be some type of investigation into Hunter and his art sales. In October, Republican Representative Ken Buck also called for an investigation into the sales.

During a House Judiciary Committee Hearing with Democratic Attorney General Merrick Garland, Buck took the time to show three different pieces of art.

The first two were by well established artists which should for $700,000 and $500,000. The third piece of work was done by Hunter and sold for $500,000. In showing the painting, Buck said:

“You may recognize this painting is a Hunter Biden. The Hunter Biden painting sold for $500,000.”

Buck went on to note that Hunter has no artistic background to speak of and had not been able to find an art gallery that was willing to show his work until 2020. Buck noted:

“And what happened in 2020 that changed all that, is that his dad became President of the United States. Now a single piece of art from Hunter Biden sells for more than the average American home.”

In the exchange with Garland, Buck contended that his office had sent an official request to his office asking for a special counsel investigation in Hunter and his art dealings.

When asked if he was going to appoint a special counsel for the investigation, Garland said:

“[F]or the same reasons I’m not going to respond to questions about investigations of the former president or anyone else, I’m not going to discuss or otherwise with respect to any US citizen.”

Garland also denied that he was aware of any official request from Buck or anyone else to appoint a special counsel investigation. Regardless of his denial, the letter does exist and in part says:

“It’s now apparent that President Biden could be directly implicated in the ongoing investigations into his son’s money transfers and dealings, raising serious questions regarding whether then Vice President Joe Biden was aware of and possibly benefited from the influence peddling operation led by his son.

“It s now more critical than ever to appoint a special counsel who can lead this investigation in an impartial way. As outlined in 28 CFR ss 600, the attorney general has the right to appoint a special counsel to investigate and prosecute matters and individuals that present a conflict of interest for the department when it is in the public interest.

Allowing the investigation to continue to be handled according to the normal practices of the department means that Senate-confirmed political appointees who can only be removed from office by the president are now overseeing an investigation into his son’s, and possibly his, financial dealings related to a prior, or possibly ongoing, influence-peddling scheme.

“No person is above the law, not even the President of the United States.”

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Irony: Biden White House flags art world for ‘corruption’ while letting Hunter Biden sell pieces for $500,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden White House has taken the art world to task over “corruption,” even as it allows Hunter Biden to peddle his creations to buyers for up to $500,000 apiece.

In December 2021, the White House published a report entitled “United States Strategy on Countering Corruption.”

The 38-page publication talks a good talk on corruption, noting in its introduction:

“When government officials abuse public power for private gain, they do more than simply appropriate illicit wealth. Corruption robs citizens of equal access to vital services, denying the right to quality healthcare, public safety, and education. 

“It degrades the business environment, subverts economic opportunity, and exacerbates inequality. 

“It often contributes to human rights violations and abuses, and can drive migration. 

“As a fundamental threat to the rule of law, corruption hollows out institutions, corrodes public trust, and fuels popular cynicism toward effective, accountable governance.”

 

The report declares that one of its five “pillars” of work to address corruption would be for the U.S. government to “[Hold] corrupt actors accountable.”

While appearing to take a hard line on corruption, the report also brings up the art world in its industry-specific discussions.

It states:

“The markets for art and antiquities—and the market participants who facilitate transactions—are especially vulnerable to a range of financial crimes. 

“Built-in opacity, lack of stable and predictable pricing, and inherent cross-border transportability of goods sold, make the market optimal for illicit value transfer, sanctions evasion, and corruption.”

 

Notably, it also points out that:

“The AML [Anti-Money Laundering] Act mandates that the Treasury conduct a study of the facilitation of money laundering, terrorism finance, and other illicit financial dealings through the trade in works of art, which will be sent to the Congress by the end of 2021.”

Interestingly, despite the strong words in the report, the White House does not appear to be investigating the art dealings of one Hunter Biden.

 

According to Fox News, the president’s son, who has no formal experience in the art world, has priced his paintings between $75,000 and $500,000 each, supposedly for anonymous buyers.

In addition, the White House reportedly has an “ethics plan” in place to keep Hunter Biden in the dark about who is buying his “artwork.”

Naturally, these dealings have fallen under criticism, as they are suspected to provide an opportunity for buyers to influence the Biden White House.

According to the New York Post, Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, tweeted in October 2021:

“There is no ethics program in the world that can be built around the head of state’s staff working with a dealer to keep the public in the dark about the identities of individuals who pay vast sums to the leader’s family member for subjectively priced items of no intrinsic value.”

Shaub continued:

“If this were Trump, Xi [Jinping] or [Vladimir] Putin, you’d have no doubt whatsoever that this creates a vehicle for funneling cash to the first family in exchange for access or favors. 

“Nor would you doubt that the appearance of monetizing the presidency was outrageous.”

The supposed anonymity of Hunter Biden’s art buyers has also been called into question anyway, as Fox News reports that the president’s son has been seen at art shows in the presence of buyers.

Shaub was first to point out the irony in the White House’s report on corruption, tweeting:

“The White House just issued a report flagging that money laundering is a problem in the… wait for it… art sale industry.”

 

Fox News contacted the White House for comment on the Hunter Biden corruption issue, but the White House did not respond.

However, in October, the president appeared to take a dismissive attitude toward the possibility of corruption in his son’s art dealings.

The New York Post reports:

“When a Post reporter asked Biden in October if he was concerned about potential corruption resulting from the sale of his son’s artwork, the president looked the reporter in the eyes and said: ‘You gotta be kidding me.’”

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