GOP probe: No ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing by Bi­den

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - NATION - By Nicholas Fandos Nicholas Fandos is a New York Times writer.

WASH­ING­TON — An elec­tion­year in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Se­nate Repub­li­cans into cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions against Joe Bi­den and his son, Hunter, in­volv­ing Ukraine found no ev­i­dence of im­proper in­flu­ence or wrong­do­ing by the former vice pres­i­dent, clos­ing out an in­quiry its lead­ers had hoped would tar­nish the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that Hunter Bi­den had “cashed in” on his fa­ther’s name to close lu­cra­tive busi­ness deals. It also con­cluded that his work for a Ukrainian en­ergy com­pany had given the ap­pear­ance of a con­flict of in­ter­est and alarmed some State De­part­ment of­fi­cials.

But an 87­page re­port sum­ming up the find­ings, re­leased jointly on Wed­nes­day by the Se­nate Home­land Se­cu­rity and Fi­nance com­mit­tees, con­tained no ev­i­dence that the elder Bi­den im­prop­erly ma­nip­u­lated U.S. pol­icy to­ward Ukraine or com­mit­ted any other mis­deed. In fact, in­ves­ti­ga­tors heard wit­ness tes­ti­mony that re­but­ted those charges.

The home­land se­cu­rity panel’s Repub­li­can chair­man, Sen. Ron John­son of Wis­con­sin, had made lit­tle se­cret of his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions for his re­port, boast­ing for weeks that his find­ings would demon­strate Bi­den’s “un­fit­ness for of­fice.” In­stead, the re­sult ap­peared to be lit­tle more than a re­hash­ing of un­proven al­le­ga­tions echo­ing an ac­tive Rus­sian dis­in­for­ma­tion campaign pushed by Trump.

The Trump campaign quickly pro­moted the “ex­plo­sive new rev­e­la­tions,” ze­ro­ing in on fi­nan­cial records that showed Hunter Bi­den re­ceiv­ing sums of money from for­eign­ers while his fa­ther was in of­fice.

Democrats noted that all 10 wit­nesses tes­ti­fied that nei­ther Bi­den nor any­one else al­tered U.S. pol­icy be­cause of his son.

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