Republican inquiry finds no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden while in office
WASHINGTON — An election-year 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 around the world. It also concluded that his work for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company mired in a corruption scandal while the former vice president was directing U.S. policy toward Kyiv, had given the appearance of a conflict of interest and alarmed some State Department officials.
But an 87-page 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 delivered on Wednesday appeared to be a rehashing of unproven allegations that echo an active Russian disinformation campaign and have been pushed by Trump.
Hunter Biden’s position “hindered the efforts of dedicated career-service individuals who were fighting for anti-corruption measures in Ukraine,” the Republicans wrote. They did not clarify the nature of that hindrance beyond saying that the situation had been “awkward” for career State Department officials, who “were required to maintain situational awareness of Hunter Biden’s association with Burisma.”
It was also filled with details that emphasized the unseemly appearance created by the younger Biden’s involvement with Burisma, given his father’s position.