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Ron Johnson Report On Joe Biden’s Son Alleges Conflict Of Interest, But Offers No Evidence Of Wrongdoing

Senate Report Examines Hunter Biden's Work With Ukrainian Energy Firm

Ron Johnson
Senate Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., questions witnesses during a hearing on 2020 census on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo  

Two Republican-led Senate committees, including one headed by Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, have issued a politically charged report alleging that the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president.

But the report, which comes just weeks before Election Day and which Johnson and other Republicans had suggested for months could be damning for Biden’s campaign, said it was ultimately “unclear” what impact Hunter Biden’s position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company had on Obama administration policy with regard to Ukraine.

And it offered no evidence to support one of Republican President Donald Trump’s more incendiary allegations — that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor as a way to protect his son.

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Biden’s campaign immediately panned the report. In a statement, a campaign spokesperson said the Senate investigation was subsidizing “a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars — an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory.”

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