Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) sent a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray on Wednesday, requesting the agency to provide details on Hunter Biden's use of government security and travel accommodations while conducting business deals during the time his father, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, was vice president.
What are the details?
Grassley is chairman of the Finance Committee, and Johnson heads the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. The committees are "reviewing potential conflicts of interest posed" by Biden's business dealings in Ukraine and China and want to know whether or not those relationships were fostered on the public dime.The GOP senators requested that the Secret Service:
1. Please provide the protective detail that Hunter Biden received while his father was Vice President.
2. Please provide a list of all dates and locations of travel, international and domestic, for Hunter Biden while he received a protective detail. In your response, please note whether his travel was on Air Force One or Two, or other government aircraft, as applicable and whether additional family members were present for each trip.
The Daily Wire noted that the letter from Grassley and Johnson was sent "immediately following President Donald Trump's acquittal in the Senate on Wednesday." The chairmen asked that Director Murray provide the records no later than Feb. 19.
The Senate Finance Committee and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee have been investigating Biden's foreign business dealings for months, after the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump exposed Biden's contracts with firms in China and Ukraine — where his father represented the United States under the Obama administration.
In their letter Wednesday, Grassley and Johnson wrote that as part of their inquiry, the two committees have already written "several letters" to "other agencies," and "the Committee on Finance also has written to the Department of Treasury regarding potential conflicts of interest" involving Rosemont Seneca Partners, a company co-founded by Biden and Christopher Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry.
In November, the committees requested that the State Department release all records pertaining to the agency's interactions with Biden and his associates during the Obama administration.