What is the report linking Joe Biden’s son Hunter to ‘human trafficking ring’?

SENATE Republicans released a report on Wednesday on Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings during his father’s time as vice president.

The report allegedly links Hunter Biden to sending "thousands of dollars" to Russian and Ukrainian women who lived in the US and who, in turn, wired the funds to individuals located in Russia and the Ukraine. 

The report claims that some of these transactions were linked to a human trafficking ring. A spokesperson for the Biden campaign has yet to address the allegations. 

What does the report say?

Senate Republicans released an 87-page report on Wednesday detailing Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) oversaw the investigation since it was launched last year.

The report found that two Obama administration officials, Amos Hochstein and George Kent, were concerned back in 2015 that Vice-President Joe Biden’s Ukraine policy would be a conflict of interest with Hunter’s ties to gas company, Burisma Holdings. 

According to the report, the Obama administration was aware about Hunter’s position with Burisma which allegedly prevented “the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.”

“This investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch,” the report’s executive summary stated.

“Even though Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board cast a shadow over the work of those advancing anticorruption reforms in Ukraine, the Committees are only aware of two individuals who raised concerns to their superiors,” it continued. 

“Despite the efforts of these individuals, their concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears.”

What is the report linking Hunter Biden to a 'human trafficking ring'? 

The report also claims that Hunter sent “thousands of dollars” to Russian and Ukrainian women residing in the US who have “subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.”

According to the report, some of the transactions appear to be linking to an “‘Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.’”

Additionally, the Senate report alleges that Hunter “formed significant and consistent financial relationships” with the founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky.

It additionally states that Hunter and his business partner Devon Archer’s firms “made millions of dollars from that association” during his father’s vice presidency.

What did Hunter Biden say?

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign has yet to comment on the allegations made by the Senate report. 

However, they accused Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) of “diverting” attention from President Trump’s “catastrophically botched” handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

What was the Trump impeachment investigation about?

President Trump’s impeachment investigation stemmed from a July 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The call centered on the Russian interference of the 2016 election and Trump allegedly asking Zelensky to look into Hunter and Joe Biden’s role in the investigation relating to the founder of Burisma.

Biden’s allies reiterated that the vice president was mostly tied to the investigation over corruption concerns and not because of Hunter’s ties to Burisma.

Trump was acquitted of any wrongdoing with the Ukranian government after a whistleblower claimed he was withholding US military aid to Ukraine.  

The president’s impeachment trial found him not guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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