Chuck Grassley Rails Against Media For Ignoring His Hunter Biden Probe

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has criticized the media for its coverage of his investigation into Hunter Biden, President-elect Joe Biden's son, following reports that he's facing an investigation about business dealings in China.

"For over 1yr I led review of Hunter Biden's biz deals overseas w big focus on China but many Dems/news orgs dismissed/ignored," Grassley tweeted on Wednesday.

"Some even baselessly said it was foreign disinfo... Now those same orgs report IRS/FBI subpoenaing Hunter Biden in tax fraud probe over his China ties," he said.

The Department of Justice is investigating Biden's finances and the probe will involve some of his business dealings in China, according to the Associated Press.

"I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors," Biden said in a statement.

During the presidential campaign, President Donald Trump focused heavily on Hunter Biden's alleged corruption and made unsubstantiated allegations about his foreign business activities.

Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, investigated the accusations and issued a joint report with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).

Grassley and Johnson's report was accused of "repackaging" facts that were already known and it did not provide evidence of the accusations against then former Vice President Biden.

In their minority report, Senate Democrats described Grassley and Johnson's report as "based on conspiracy theories with roots in Russian disinformation efforts."

On October 19, more than 50 former intelligence officials signed a letter saying that a batch of emails released by the New York Post allegedly tying President-elect Biden to his son's business dealings "has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

The emails were reportedly found on a laptop that belonged to Hunter Biden and was obtained by former New York Mayor and Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

"If we are right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this," the signatories wrote.

The AP reported on Wednesday that a person close to the new investigation said the probe into Biden's finances was not related to the laptop, though this has not been independently confirmed.

"My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict, where there's appropriate distance from the presidency and government," the president-elect told CNN last week.

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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) makes a statement after voting in the Judiciary Committee to move the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court out of committee and on to the Senate for a full vote on October 22, in Washington, D.C. Grassley has pointed to his investigation of Hunter Biden following news of a probe into his finances. Samuel Corum/Getty Images