Tag Archives: Chuck Grassley

Grassley on Senate Impeachment Trial: ‘I Don’t Want to Hear’ from Any Witnesses

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday’s “Mornings with Maria” offered Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo his reaction to the House of Representatives voting to impeach President Donald Trump.

Senate GOP Seek Interviews from Obama-era Officials About Hunter Biden, Burisma Holdings

Some Republican senators are expanding their investigation into Hunter Biden and his one-time Ukrainian employer Burisma Holdings by requesting interviews and records from former Obama administration officials.

Grassley on IG Findings: If FBI Could Violate Trump’s Constitutional Rights, It Could Happen to Anybody in America

Wednesday, during an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) warned of the potential for future abuse regarding what was detailed in the report released Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz a day earlier.

Report: GOP Senators Seek Treasury ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ on Ukraine and Hunter Biden

Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the United States Treasury to inquire about “suspicious activity reports” related to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his employment with Ukrainian energy empire Burisma.

Senate Probing if Burisma Leveraged Hunter Biden Ties for Access to State Department

The United States Senate is probing whether a lobbying firm working on the behalf of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil and gas conglomerate, leveraged the company’s ties to Hunter Biden for access to the State Department. 

Senators Ask State Dept. for Docs on Hunter Biden

Leading Republican senators are asking the State Department to turn over all information relating to Hunter Biden and his business associates after newly released documents revealed that foreign companies attempted to leverage their ties to former vice president Joe Biden’s son.

Sens. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairmen of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Finance, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking for all records related to Hunter Biden, his business partners, and their companies on Thursday. The letter also requests information about Biden’s Ukraine dealings after documents emerged showing that a lobbyist for Burisma, an energy firm that paid Hunter Biden to serve on its board, dropped Biden’s name in emails to government officials.

The senators said the reports raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest. The documents would help lawmakers “better understand what actions, if any, the Obama administration took to ensure that policy decisions relating to Ukraine and Burisma were not improperly influenced by the employment and financial interests of family members,” the letter said.

Hunter Biden’s lucrative dealings with foreign companies during the Obama administration have become a source of controversy for Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden. In October, three different agencies briefed Grassley staffers about the Obama administration’s approval of a business deal involving Hunter Biden and a Chinese firm that previously stole U.S. military technology, the Free Beacon previously reported.

Investigative journalist John Solomon first obtained the internal documents through a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents revealed that Karen Tramontano, a top Burisma lobbyist from Blue Star Strategies, name-dropped the vice president’s son in an attempt to arrange a meeting between company officials and Undersecretary of State Catherine Novelli.

Tramontano “noted that two high profile U.S. citizens are affiliated with the company (including Hunter Biden as a board member),” a department official wrote in a February 2016 email. A meeting between Tramontano and Novelli was subsequently scheduled for March 1, 2016.

The email exchange took place as British and Ukrainian authorities investigated the owner of Burisma for criminal wrongdoing. Tramontano told the State Department official she believed Burisma was innocent and that the meeting would give the administration a “better understanding of how the U.S. came to the determination that the company is corrupt,” according to the newly released emails.

The documents also showed that Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business associate and fellow Burisma board member, was scheduled to meet then-secretary of state John Kerry one day after the Tramontano meeting. Archer was a former business partner of Kerry’s stepson, Chris Heinz.

A Heinz spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that his client cut ties with Archer and Biden over concerns about their relationship with Burisma.

“Mr. Heinz strongly warned Mr. Archer that working with Burisma was unacceptable,” said Chris Bastardi, a vice president at Sunshine Sachs, in a statement to the Free Beacon. “Mr. Archer stated that he and Hunter Biden intended to pursue the opportunity as individuals, not as part of the firm. The lack of judgment in this matter was a major catalyst for Mr. Heinz ending his business relationships with Mr. Archer and Mr. Biden.”

Johnson and Grassley requested all information regarding both the Tramontano meeting and the Archer meeting, as well as a pair of 2015 meetings between Hunter Biden and then-deputy secretary of state Anthony Blinken. The details of those arrangements were discussed in the emails obtained by Solomon.

“In light of the information recently released via FOIA and referenced in the letter, the senators are seeking additional details on any further actions by the State Department,” finance committee spokesman Taylor Foy told the Washington Free Beacon. 

The letter focuses on Hunter Biden’s Ukraine dealings, but could unearth details about his other foreign business relationships. The letter explicitly requests information about Rosemont Seneca Bohai, a company that partnered with Chinese financiers during the Obama administration. Bohai paid Hunter Biden $700,000 between 2014 and 2015, according to the Daily Caller.

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Hunter Biden’s Chinese Firm Invested in Company Blacklisted by U.S.

Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), a private equity firm bankrolled by the Chinese government that is tied to Hunter Biden, invested in a company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. government.

Chinese State-Backed Firm Weighing How to Explain Hunter Biden Ties

Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), a private equity firm bankrolled by the Chinese government, is weighing how and if it should explain its relationship with Hunter Biden, the youngest son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Senate Finance Committee Probes Biden-Linked, Chinese Military-Boosting Tech Sale

The Senate Finance Committee is probing the Obama administration’s 2015 decision to approve the sale of a U.S. company with insight into “military applications” to the Chinese government and an investment firm run by former Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son, Hunter Biden.

Bill Cassidy, Kyrsten Sinema Unveil ‘Common Ground’ Paid Family Leave Plan

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) unveiled Tuesday Congress’ first bipartisan paid family leave proposal, which could serve as the basis through which Congress passes a federal solution to help young parents start new families.

Americans for Limited Government Requests Docs Relating to DOJ Bribery Under Eric Holder

The Americans for Limited Government requested documents Tuesday relating to an Obama-era corruption case at then-Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.

Exclusive–Sen. Bill Cassidy Releasing Paid Family Leave Plan Next Week

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told Breitbart News Sunday that he will soon unveil his and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) paid family leave program. 

State Department Finds 30 Security Incidents Related to Hillary Clinton Email Probe

The State Department has identified “multiple security incidents” involving at least 15 individuals in the handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails as part of an ongoing probe into her use of a private email server, it was revealed Monday.

Questions Swirling Around Amazon Contract Complicate Acting Defense Secretary’s Future

Serious questions surrounding a high-value Pentagon contract, worth $10 billion and geared to be granted to web giant Amazon, could complicate Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan’s chances of confirmation by the U.S. Senate into a permanent position atop the Department of Defense should President Donald Trump follow through with nominating him for the post.