GOP Senator Johnson: Obama ‘Fully Aware’ of Influence Peddling

Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Saturday that a “full investigation” of Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings should include intense scrutiny of former President Barack Obama because he was “fully aware of a lot of this.”

“I know individuals in the Obama State Department were fully well aware of [Hunter Biden’s alleged influence peddling],” said Johnson during an appearance on Newsmax’s “America Right Now.”

“Let’s face it. Then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama and Vice President Biden about the scheme that the Hillary Clinton campaign had to accuse the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia,” said Johnson.

“They were briefed about that in August 2016,” continued Johnson. 

“President Obama knew full well that the Russian collusion scheme false narrative was a hoax. It was false. And yet he allowed the investigation to go forward. They certainly set up Michael Flynn so that he would never be involved in the Trump White House because he was just too generous. He knew too much. And so they totally took the legs out from underneath Gen. Flynn. I think Obama is fully aware of a lot of this and is as corrupt when it comes to this episode as so much of federal law enforcement and certainly the Biden family.”

After acknowledging in June the existence of 5,400 electronic records and emails associated with then-Vice President Joe Biden’s use of alias email accounts, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) missed the deadline of August 31 to turn over the documents to the House Oversight Committee, which is conducting the probe into Hunter Biden. 

NARA sent documents over to Obama Biden White House requesting permission to release records

Last week, NARA said it had sent the allotment of documents to former President Barack Obama and the Biden White House, requesting permission to release the records to the Oversight Committee.

“Sen. Grassley and I have written multiple letters, three to the White House, starting in the summer of 2021, asking for those same documents that were written, those emails under the pseudonym of Joe Biden,” said Johnson. 

“So, this is something the White House has been aware of, and they’ve been stonewalling us. I think it’s interesting during our 2020 investigation, we requested documents from the National Archives that President Obama also had to sign off on, and he signed off on it. He allowed the National Archives to release that. I don’t know why he’s not allowing them to release them now.”

“That’s one of the reasons you’d probably have an impeachment inquiry,” continued Johnson. “That really signals, for example, to the courts, that the Congress is doing its constitutional oversight, its constitutional duty when it comes to impeachment, and it allows those subpoenas to become much more enforceable by the courts.”