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Grassley And Johnson Demand Hunter Biden’s Full Travel Records From Secret Service

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Two top Republican senators want the Secret Service’s full travel records on Hunter Biden and are criticizing the agency for years of missing documents and “inappropriate redactions” — especially related to a controversial Kazakhstan trip plan.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa have long sought access to the records on President Joe Biden’s son “and his use of government-sponsored travel while he conducted private business” during Biden’s vice presidency under President Barack Obama. They have specifically zeroed in on records between the Secret Service, Hunter Biden, and his business associates at Rosemont Seneca.

In a new letter to James Murray, the director of the Secret Service, the senators noted that the Secret Service had handed over 259 pages of records but with “extensive” and improper redactions.

“These inappropriate redactions impede our offices’ ability to understand the full scope of the interactions between Hunter Biden, his associates, and the USSS,” Johnson and Grassley wrote. “The USSS hid names and other information contained in email conversations regarding Hunter Biden without any proper legal justification.”

Emails from Biden’s laptop previously reported by the Washington Examiner show that Biden scheduled a meeting in 2014 with the then-prime minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Massimov, in Kazakhstan to discuss an energy deal with Burisma. Biden said he planned to ditch his Secret Service security detail before departing from Paris to Kazakhstan to discuss the deal.

While serving on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, Biden shared a close business relationship with Massimov during his second stint as Kazakhstan’s prime minister from 2014 through 2016. Massimov was arrested earlier this month by Kazakh authorities on allegations of treason.

The laptop emails between Biden, his Rosemont Seneca business partner and fellow Burisma board member Devon Archer, and Ukrainian Burisma official Vadim Pozharskyi show their desire to work out a deal with Massimov.

Johnson and Grassley noted that the Secret Service records “do not show whether USSS personnel or Hunter Biden traveled to Kazakhstan in May or June 2014.”

The redacted emails do show redacted names working for the Vice Presidential Protective Detail, and the Secret Service emailed someone at Rosemont Seneca on May 23, 2014, asking about the plans for Biden’s “travel to and return from” Paris. A heavily redacted email that day from someone at Rosemont Seneca indicates that the plan was for Hunter Biden and two unnamed associates to fly from New York to Paris on May 28, 2014, and for the tr… (Read more)

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