Hunter Biden federal probe to ‘investigate his business dealings in China and Ukraine’
THE federal probe into Hunter Biden's finances reportedly extends into his dealings with companies in Ukraine, China and more than two dozen other entities.
The subpoena is seeking a wide-range of information relating to President-elect Joe Biden's son and his international business ventures, according to the Associated Press.
Hunter, 50, confirmed on Wednesday that his taxes were under federal investigation.
His dealings with Ukrainian gas company Burisma in particular have long been under scrutiny, but it is unclear at this time if Hunter's work with the company is a central part of the Department of Justice's investigation.
Hunter joined the board at Burisma in 2014, while his father was vice president during Barack Obama's presidency.
It happened to be around the same time that then-VP Biden was conducting the administration's foreign policy with Ukraine.
President Donald Trump has alleged that Hunter's work in the Ukraine influenced Obama administration policies with the nation, however, no evidence of that claim has been made public.
As he disclosed the federal investigation into his taxes, Hunter shared that the probe has been ongoing since 2018, but he only learned about it on Tuesday.
The Biden campaign has not commented on the probe.
The president-elect is not believed to be a focus of the investigation, and when asked for comment, only stated that he is "proud" of his son.
The probe has led to a spat between the president and Attorney General Bill Barr, who reportedly was aware of the investigation into Hunter before the 2020 election.
Trump believes that the AG should have gone public with that information, suggesting that it could have changed the results of the election.
In an interview with Fox and Friends that aired on Sunday, Trump slammed Barr for failing to "step up" – which is just the latest in a series of insults the president has unleashed on the AG.
"All he had to do is say an investigation is going on," the president said. "And by the way, I don't want to say anything bad happened to Hunter Biden."
"Whatever it is, it is the facts, but I don't want to say anything bad happened to Hunter Biden – and I purposely stay out of it.
"But when you affect an election … when they are saying things, making statements and the press is purposely not reporting it, Bill Barr, I believe, not believe I know, had an obligation to set the record straight," he added.
The president also retweeted a call for the AG to be fired on Saturday.
Barr is reportedly "not intimidated" by the president's repeated insults, and has referred to Trump's tirades as "deposed king ranting."
The rift between the two men allegedly began over what Trump perceived as inaction from the Department of Justice over his claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" against him.
After the Hunter probe story broke, Trump was reportedly furious to learn that Barr was aware of the probe before the election.
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