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Doj Investigating Hunter Biden For Foreign Lobbying Violations: Report

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The Justice Department is investigating Hunter Biden for foreign lobbying violations related to his overseas business dealings — likely in places such as China, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan — in addition to scrutinizing his taxes, according to a new report.

Delaware U. S. Attorney David Weiss is known to be leading a federal investigation into President Joe Biden’s adult son, who denies any wrongdoing, and the New York Times reported Wednesday that the investigation, which began as “a tax inquiry” during the Obama administration, then “widened” in 2018 to encompass “possible criminal violations of tax laws, as well as foreign lobbying and money laundering rules, according to the people familiar with the inquiry.”

The report said Hunter Biden’s “extensive work with foreign businesses came under scrutiny from prosecutors looking into whether he should have registered with the Justice Department” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Hunter Biden held a lucrative position on the board of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma when his father was vice president. He also pursued business deals in China, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere during and after his father’s tenure.

In early February 2021, President Biden asked all Senate-confirmed U. S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump for their resignations, with Weiss as an exception. John Durham was asked to step down as the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut but was kept on as special counsel for his review of the Russia investigation.

The New York Times report, while citing its unnamed sources, said prosecutors face “hurdles” in demonstrating that the president’s son “intentionally violated” FARA. The outlet reported that prosecutors “have discussed approaching potential FARA violations as a civil matter, which would require Mr. Biden to register retroactively as a foreign agent, but would avoid criminal charges.”

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley pressed the Justice Department in November 2020, during the tail end of the Trump administration, to review whether President Biden’s brother, James, and son, Hunter, should have been required to register as foreign agents of China as they pursued lucrative business deals with a since-bankrupted Chinese Communist Party-linked company led by Ye Jianming, who has since disappeared in China.

When Patrick Ho, one of Ye’s lieutenants, was charged by the Justice Department in 2017, the first call he reportedly made after his arrest was to James, who has said he thought the call was meant for Hunter Biden.

In 2017, ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski worked with Hunter Biden and others to create a business dubbed Sinohawk to establish a joint venture with CEFC. A Senate GOP report concluded that millions of dollars were instead sent by CEFC to accounts linked to Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden made it clear that one of his goals was to avoid violating the anti-bribery Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or having to register as a foreign agent as he pursued potentially lucrative deals with the Chinese company, according to texts released by Bobulinski in October 2020.

“No matter what it will need to be a U. S. company at some level in order for us to make bids on federal and state-funded projects. Also we don’t want to have to register as foreign agents under the [Foreign Corrupt Practices Act] which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know. James has very particular opinions about this so I would ask him about the foreign entity,” Hunter Biden texted Bobulinski in May 2017.

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The New York Times cited sources to report that investigators scrutinized Hunter Biden’s “relationships with interests” in Kazakhstan as well as with Burisma and a “Chinese energy conglomerate.” Investigators looked at “a vehicle paid for using funds from a company associated with a Kazakh oligarch” as well as “a diamond from a Chinese energy tycoon,” the report said, citing its sources.

Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop previously reported by the Washington Examiner show that he scheduled a meeting in 2014 with Karim Massimov, then the prime minister of Kazakhstan, to discuss an energy deal with Burisma.

The new report cited an email from Hunter Biden to former business partner Devon Archer in April 2014 in which he said an upcoming visit to Ukraine by “my guy,” then-Vice President Biden, should “be characterized as part of our advice and th… (Read more)

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