October 3, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • The GOP group was led by Home Oversight and Reform Committee member Rep. James Comer
  • The group questioned whether or not Baturina evaded the sanctions due to her ties with Hunter
  • Baturina had been accused of paying $3.5 million to an funding agency allegedly owned by Hunter

A Russian oligarch who allegedly paid First Son Hunter Biden $3.5 million has not been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Division amid the battle in Ukraine, prompting Home Republicans to launch a probe. 

On Thursday, GOP lawmakers, led by Home Oversight and Reform Committee member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., despatched a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen demanding to know why Elena Baturina was not focused by the sanctions. 

“​If​ ​the USA is avoiding sanctioning sure Russian oligarchs due to issues they might try to affect American coverage by exploiting Hunter Biden’s connection together with his father​ – the President of the USA​ – the American folks need to understand it​,” lawmakers wrote within the letter, a duplicate of which was obtained by the New York Submit.

The GOP group instantly questioned whether or not Baturina was receiving preferential remedy due to her ties with Hunter. Comer and the 18 different Republicans cited within the letter famous that Baturina managed to evade the sanctions even after former President Donald Trump in 2018 categorised her as a Russian “political determine and oligarch.”

​“​As a result of Hunter Biden is now topic to sanctions issued by Russia, his overseas enterprise dealings are of heightened significance​,” the letter learn. “We request additional info to find out whether or not Hunter Biden’s relationships with Russian oligarchs are impacting the overseas coverage selections of the USA​.”

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Baturina was the previous spouse of the late Yuri Luzhkov, who served because the mayor of Moscow from 1992 to 2010. In 2014, Trump claimed Baturina wired $3.5 million to a checking account held by Rosemont Seneca Thornton as cost for a “consultancy settlement.” Rosemont Seneca Thornton was allegedly an funding firm based by the youthful Biden. Hunter’s lawyer, George Mesires, later refuted claims that Hunter was the proprietor of the agency.

Mesires instructed CNN that Hunter was a co-founder and CEO of the funding agency Rosemont Seneca Advisors. It’s unclear whether or not Rosemont Seneca Advisors is related to Rosemont Seneca Thornton. 

Senate Republicans had launched a partisan investigation into the alleged cost. Nevertheless, the report didn’t present proof that the cost was corrupt or that Hunter dedicated any wrongdoing.     

Then Vice-President Joe Biden (C) and sons Hunter Biden (L) and Beau Biden stroll in then-President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Parade January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC Picture: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / DAVID MCNEW

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