The report was published less than two months before the presidential election and days before the first debate between Biden and President Donald Trump.
The report focuses mainly on Hunter Biden’s role on board Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company. The report says concerns have been expressed in the Obama administration and directly with Biden about potential problems with Hunter Biden’s position. But Republicans do not write that US policy has changed because of the role of Hunter Biden, a key statement made by Trump and other Republicans that has never been backed up by any evidence.
“To what extent Hunter Biden’s role on the Burism board has influenced US policy toward Ukraine is unclear,”
The Republican inquiry into Joe and Hunter Biden, led by Senate Homeland Security and Government Secretary Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Finance Senate President Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has been criticized by Democrats and the Biden campaign as a party attempt to boost the Trump and Johnson have previously said the report would hurt Biden’s candidacy.
Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican on the National Security Committee, also expressed concern last week about the investigation, saying it was not the government’s legitimate role to “use it to try to harm political opponents.”
Biden’s role in Ukraine while he was vice president, in which he demanded the dismissal of Attorney General Viktor Shokin, was an important topic during Trump’s impeachment last year.
Democrats accused Johnson of presenting a story in line with Russian disinformation efforts to denigrate Biden. Earlier this month, the finance ministry sanctioned Andriy Derkach, a Ukrainian lawmaker who spreads Russian disinformation, calling him an active Russian agent.
Johnson denied working with Derkach for the investigation, accusing Democrats of spreading their own misinformation by leveling the charge.
Republicans write that Hunter Biden’s position and financial transactions have created a conflict of interest for the vice president, and notes that these concerns were raised by State Department officials Amos Hochstein and George Kent, who testified during the impeachment proceedings that he testified that he matters in the State Department while Biden was vice president.
“What the presidents found during this investigation is that the Obama administration knows that Hunter Biden’s position on the Burism board is problematic and is interfering in the effective implementation of Ukraine’s policy,” the report said.
But Republicans do not write that US policy has changed because of the role of Hunter Biden, a key statement made by Trump and other Republicans that has never been backed up by any evidence.
Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates accused Johnson of issuing a report “to subsidize a foreign attack on the sovereignty of our election with taxpayer dollars – an attack based on a long-disproved, hard-line conspiracy theory of the right.”
Hunter Biden said last year that he used “bad judgment” when serving on the board, but said he had done nothing wrong.
Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, the best Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, objected to Johnson publishing the report without publishing transcripts of the committee’s interviews after the committee voted to publish the transcripts at the same time last week.