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U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released a report today that "revealed millions of dollars in questionable financial transactions between Hunter Biden and his associates and foreign individuals, including the wife of the former mayor of Moscow and individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party."

Senators said Hunter Biden syphoned millions of dollars from Ukrainian energy company Birusma, which has "a long-standing reputation for corruption" while serving as a board member there.

This came about during Joe Biden's time serving as vice president under the Obama administration.

The report found that, in December 2014, Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky had reportedly paid a $7 million bribe to officials in the office of Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Vitaly Yarema, to “shut the case against Zlochevsky.”

Hunter Biden was a board member at this time.

In early 2015, George Kent, former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, expressed concerns to officials in Joe Biden’s office about Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board arising a possible conflict of interest.

In September 2016, after Kent’s concerns had gone unaddressed for some time, he emphasized in an email to his colleagues, “Furthermore, the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board was very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.”

In October 2015, senior State Department official Amos Hochstein told Joe Biden and Hunter Biden that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board "enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine."

Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden's business partner Devon Archer reportedly received millions of dollars from "foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds" in addition to $4 million designated to Hunter Biden and Archer by Burisma as compensation for their membership.

"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," senators said.

Hunter Biden then received a wire transfer to the tune of $3.5 million from the mayor of Moscow's widow, Elena Baturina.

"Hunter Biden had business associations with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and People’s Liberation Army," senators said. "Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in questionable transactions. Hunter Biden opened a bank account with Gongwen Dong that financed a $100,000 global spending spree with James Biden and Sara Biden."

Sara Biden then refused to answer questions about millions of dollars of wire transfers tracked between Hunter Biden's account and the account associated with her and James Biden's law firm.

The bank subsequently closed the account.

Finally, the report states that 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.”

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