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Biden retained records related to Ukraine, China; Comer demands ‘unfettered access’ amid impeachment inquiry

According to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report, President Biden had documents marked “classified” and “classified” related to Ukraine and China.

Hoare, who released his report Thursday after a months-long investigation, did not recommend criminal charges against Biden for improper handling and storage of classified documents, even if he was not in the Oval Office. However, he said he had no intention of suing Biden. .

These records include classified documents regarding the military and foreign policy of Afghanistan and other countries, including records related to national security and foreign policy, which are classified as “classified”. sources and methods,” Hoare said.

President Biden speaks at an event at Earthrider Brewery in Superior, Wisconsin, U.S., Thursday, January 25, 2024. (Nicole Neri/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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But Biden also kept classified documents related to Ukraine and China.

Last year, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.), who is currently co-leading the impeachment inquiry into Mr. Biden, told Mr. was asking if there was anything related to the country they were doing business with.

Comer is now demanding “unfettered access to these documents to determine whether President Biden’s retention of these documents was used to help the Biden family expand their influence.”

Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings in June 2014. Hunter Biden also had joint ventures with Chinese energy companies.

This image from the Special Council Robert Hur investigation released by the Department of Justice on Thursday, February 8, 2024, shows Joe Biden's Delaware garage on December 21, 2022.

This image from the Special Council Robert Hur investigation released by the Department of Justice on Thursday, February 8, 2024, shows Joe Biden’s Delaware garage on December 21, 2022. (U.S. Department of Justice)

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Regarding the Ukraine documents, Biden kept a September 2014 memo with the subject line “U.S. Energy Assistance to Ukraine,” according to the special counsel’s report. The note was marked as confidential.

Biden implemented U.S.-Ukraine policy at the time.

The report also says the FBI found a green file folder labeled “Ukraine 2/19/15” kept by Biden. The folder was inside an “unlabeled green hanging folder”. Also within that folder was a red file folder labeled “VP Personal.”

The “VP Personal” file folder contained a record of a December 12, 2015 phone call and a summary of the call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. Attached was a handwritten note addressed to Biden’s executive assistant that read, “Please obtain a copy of this conversation from Sit Rm for your records.” The note is signed “Joe.” The document was marked “secret.”

Attached to that document was another document dated December 11, 2015. The report describes the document as “a transcript of a call between Mr. Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk on December 11, 2015.” This document is marked “confidential” and “do not copy.”

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The special counsel’s report analyzed the documents and said there was “reasonable suspicion that Mr. Biden knowingly kept the documents.”

“Mr. Biden’s handwritten memo does not ask presidential aides to keep in their records a confidential call sheet (A9) that lists the highlights of the call, but rather requests a record of the call itself.” the report states. “And no jury could reasonably conclude that the content of the call between Mr. Biden and the Ukrainian prime minister was national defense information.”

This image from the Special Council Robert Hur investigation released by the Department of Justice on Thursday, February 8, 2024, shows a box inside Joe Biden's garage containing classified Afghanistan documents from December 21, 2022. It is shown.

This image from the Special Council Robert Hur investigation released by the Department of Justice on Thursday, February 8, 2024, shows a box inside Joe Biden’s garage containing classified Afghanistan documents from December 21, 2022. It is shown. (U.S. Department of Justice)

The report states that Biden and Ukraine’s prime minister “exchanged pleasantries, and the prime minister praised Biden’s speech to the Ukrainian parliament on December 9, 2015.”

“They did not engage in substantive policy discussions. While there may be technical or nuanced reasons to maintain the call’s classification, no reasonable jury could have concluded that the call “We were unable to conclude that the content was or was post-Obama defense information by requesting records of calls that Biden intended to preserve defense information.” the report states.

Biden gave a speech on December 9, 2015 about corruption in Ukraine.

“Creating a new anti-corruption office and creating a special prosecutor to fight corruption is not enough,” Biden said in his speech. “The Prosecutor General’s Office is in dire need of reform.”

Joe Biden and Hunter Biden

Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In his speech, Biden also said that Ukraine’s energy sector “needs to be competitive based on market principles, not sweet deals.”

“It is not enough to enact laws to increase transparency about public revenue sources,” he said. “Elected officials must eliminate all conflicts between business interests and government responsibilities. Every other democracy in the world, its systems, is concerned.”

At the time, Burisma Holdings was under investigation by Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. A few months later, in March 2016, Biden successfully pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin. At the time Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, Hunter held a highly lucrative position on the board that paid him tens of thousands of dollars a month.

Mr. Biden at the time threatened to withhold $1 billion in vital U.S. aid if Mr. Shokin was not fired.

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“I said, ‘I’m not going to get a billion. I’m leaving here.’ I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. Prosecutor dismissed. You’re not going to get the money, you’re not going to get the money,” Biden recalled telling then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.Biden recalled the conversation at a Council on Foreign Relations event. In 2018.

“Well, B’s son, he got fired,” Biden said during the event. “And they had solid people in place at the time.”

Biden supporters have argued that the then-vice president pushed for Shokin’s removal over concerns that Ukraine’s prosecutors were mitigating corruption, and that Shokin’s removal was a policy position of the United States and the international community at the time. claims.

James Comer

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

But Comer slammed the discovery of the information as “concerning” and questioned the timeline.

Comer told Fox News Digital that Hunter Biden earned millions of dollars by joining Burisma’s board when Joe Biden was vice president, and that Burisma was the first company in the U.S. since 2013 to have been involved in the investigation of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. “It’s no secret that he profited from the removal of Joe Biden from office,” he said, adding, “Anything related to Joe Biden is classified.” At the same time that he called for the removal of Viktor Shokin, documents related to Ukraine were submitted. ”

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“The Department of Justice will seek unfettered access to these documents to determine whether President Biden’s retention of classified materials was used to support the Biden family’s influence-peddling schemes,” Comer said. We have to provide it to Congress.”

Meanwhile, regarding China, Mr. Biden kept a memo titled “Engagement with China in a Second Term.” The document is classified as suggesting activities that Vice President Biden could undertake in his second term to “build on last year’s gains by engaging with Chinese leaders in his second term.” was.

Comer’s investigation and the House impeachment inquiry will investigate Hunter Biden and James Biden’s business dealings in China and whether Joe Biden was involved in or had knowledge of them. It is being investigated.

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