In response to reports that the Justice Department is investigating President-elect Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, for alleged tax fraud and money laundering, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said the conflict of interest involving Joe Biden, his son, and federal investigators is so obvious and consequential that it merits a "special counsel."
"The Biden campaign released details of a tax fraud investigation in Wilmington," said Sen. Cotton on America's Newsroom today. "I think that was just to show maybe the least damaging part of the investigation."
"There are allegations of securities fraud, money laundering related to Hunter Biden's Chinese businesses, a crooked hospital deal with Jim Biden, Joe Biden's brother out in western Pennsylvania," said Cotton. "These investigations span multiple jurisdictions."
"If Joe Biden becomes president, then all those prosecutors are in line to be fired next month," said the senator. "If there were ever circumstances that created a conflict of interest and called for a special counsel, I think those circumstances are present here."
"The Biden family has been trading on Joe Biden’s public office for 50 years," said Cotton. "Do we really think that will change if Joe Biden becomes president, the highest office in the land? If they did it when he was vice president and he was senator, of course it's going to happen when he has even more power."
Cotton continued, "Look, we know Joe Biden has misrepresented his family’s business dealings in the past. Hunter Biden flew all over the world with him. Joe Biden said they never talked about their business, Hunter Biden said they did. Emails from his laptops showed they did as well."
"And, really, on two 14-hour flights too and from China, do we really think Joe Biden never once said to Hunter Biden, 'So, what are you doing in China, son?'" asked Cotton. "To borrow from one of Joe Biden's favorite phrases, come on, man."
While it is not public what specifically the Justice Department is investigating about Hunter Biden, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Majority Staff Report, released in September 2020, raised numerous questions.
For instance, the report says that on "April 16, 2014, Vice President Biden met with his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, at the White House. Five days later, Vice President Biden visited Ukraine, and he soon after was described in the press as the 'public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.'
-- "The day after his visit, on April 22, Archer joined the board of Burisma.
-- "Six days later, on April 28, British officials seized $23 million from the London bank accounts of Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky.
-- "Fourteen days later, on May 12, Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma, and over the course of the next several years, Hunter Biden and Devon Archer were paid millions of dollars from a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch for their participation on the board.
-- "Hunter Biden’s position on the board created an immediate potential conflict of interest that would prove to be problematic for both U.S. and Ukrainian officials and would affect the implementation of Ukraine policy.
-- "Bohai Harvest RST (BHR). BHR was formed in November 2013 by a merger between the Chinese-government-linked firm Bohai Capital and a company named Rosemont Seneca Partners.
-- "Rosemont Seneca was formed in 2009 by Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, by Chris Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry, and others.
-- "In October 2015, senior State Department official Amos Hochstein raised concerns with Vice President Biden, as well as with Hunter Biden, that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine.
-- "Former Secretary of State John Kerry had knowledge of Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board, but when asked about it at a town hall event in Nashua, N.H. on Dec. 8, 2019, Kerry falsely said, 'I had no knowledge about any of that. None. No.' Evidence to the contrary is detailed in Section V.
-- "Hunter Biden received Secret Service protection on trips to multiple foreign locations, including Moscow, Beijing, Doha, Paris, Seoul, Manila, Tokyo, Mexico City, Milan, Florence, Shanghai, Geneva, London, Dublin, Munich, Berlin, Bogota, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, Hong Kong, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Brussels, Madrid, Mumbai and Lake Como.
-- "In addition to the over $4 million paid by Burisma for Hunter Biden’s and Archer’s board memberships, Hunter Biden, his family, and Archer received millions of dollars from foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds.
-- "Archer received $142,300 from Kenges Rakishev of Kazakhstan, purportedly for a car, the same day Vice President Joe Biden appeared with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arsemy Yasenyuk and addressed Ukrainian legislators in Kyiv regarding Russia’s actions in Crimea.
-- "Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.
-- "Hunter Biden opened a bank account with Gongwen Dong to fund a $100,000 global spending spree with James Biden and Sara Biden.
-- "Hunter Biden had business associations with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army. Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in cash flow.
-- "Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”