House Republicans vow to investigate Biden and his family’s business dealings

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After winning the House of Representatives majority in the midterm elections, top Republicans on Thursday outlined a wide range of investigative targets focused on President Joe Biden and his family’s business dealings.

“During the 118th Congress, this committee will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners and whether he is a president compromised or influenced by foreign dollars and influence,” said Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee. “I want to be clear: This is an investigation into Joe Biden, and that is what the committee will focus on at this next Congress.”

At an extended press conference, flanked by GOP Representative Jim Jordan, who is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee, and other Republicans on the oversight committee, Comer said Republicans have made connections between the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and the president who they believe needs further investigation. Comer said his team has spoken to multiple whistleblowers who say they were involved in schemes involving the Biden family, reviewed Hunter Biden’s laptop and received “previously unknown transactions.”

Comer specifically targets more than 100 banking activity reports — known as Suspicious Activity Reports — allegedly related to the Biden family and says the Treasury Department ignored his repeated requests when Republicans were outnumbered to turn them over.

So far, Comer says he’s only seen two of those reports, and he’s renewed his request for the rest today. Such reports are not always indicative of criminal activities or abuses.

As part of his research, Comer said, “We would like to talk to people in the Biden family, particularly Hunter and Joe Biden.”

The White House said the investigations are politically motivated and a waste of time.

“Instead of working with President Biden to address issues that matter to the American people, such as lower costs, the top priority for Congressional Republicans is to go after President Biden with politically motivated attacks brimming with long-debunked conspiracy theories,” said spokesmen for White House counsel. office, Ian Sams, said in a statement to CNN.

“President Biden will not let these political attacks distract him from his focus on the priorities of Americans, and we hope Congressional Republicans will join us in addressing them rather than wasting time and resources on political revenge,” Sams added.

A spokeswoman for Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, Nelly Decker, said Republicans were “repeating the same partisan talking points” that have been circulating for years.

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“With former President Trump running again, the House Republicans’ top priority is to attack President Biden and his family in a desperate attempt to return Mr. Trump to power,” Decker said in a statement.

Republicans had few options to enforce their document requests while outnumbered. But once the new Congress is sworn in in January, Republicans will have the power to issue subpoenas, a more powerful enforcement mechanism to compel individuals and government agencies to hand over information.

Private attorneys representing family members of Biden did not respond to requests for comment.

The core of Comer’s investigation is to investigate a series of suspicious activity reports that Republicans claim banks have filed regarding Hunter Biden’s financial activities. In a letter to the Treasury Department on Thursday, Comer asked about such reports regarding various members of the Biden family, their business partners and companies associated with Hunter Biden.

Comer is also seeking communications within the Treasury Department, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Department and the White House regarding those family members and associated businesses and associates.

While Republicans have seized on the suspicious activity reports as evidence that Joe Biden’s son was involved in problematic activities, such reports are inconclusive and do not necessarily indicate wrongdoing. Financial institutions file millions of reports of suspicious activity each year, and few result in law enforcement investigations.

Comer sent a letter to a financial advisor, who Comer said was managing Hunter Biden’s finances, looking for suspicious activity reports and financial information about Hunter Biden. He is also seeking information from one of Hunter Biden’s former business partners, including communications related to Hunter Biden and Joe Biden’s finances, taxes and debts.

The letters were part of a new round that Comer fired off Thursday to various government agencies and individuals seeking more information to continue his investigation.

He also asked the National Archives for flight manifests and other documents related to Air Force Two and Marine Two during Biden’s tenure as vice president, as well as communications related to Russia, Ukraine and Hunter Biden during his vice presidency.

From the FBI, he is seeking any documents related to “foreign intelligence efforts to endanger the Biden family” and information on Timothy Thibault, a former FBI agent accused by Republicans of politicking investigations. Thibault has denied wrongdoing.

Another letter went to Georges Bergés, the gallery owner who exhibited and sold Hunter Biden’s artwork. Documents requested included communications with the White House and Hunter Biden, discussions about pricing of Hunter Biden’s work, and lists of those who attended Hunter Biden’s art shows and purchased his work.

Federal prosecutors have been investigating Hunter Biden since 2018 and have not yet filed charges. When asked by CNN if they know if the claims presented Thursday have already been investigated by federal prosecutors, Jordan said, “We don’t know.”

Jordan also said that under his leadership, the House Judiciary Committee will investigate alleged “politicization” at the FBI. Jordan and other Republican lawmakers previously claimed they had heard from FBI insiders about anticonservative bias fueling FBI decision-making, especially at the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

“I’ve been in Congress for a few years now and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jordan said. “Fourteen (FBI) agents come to talk to us while we’re outnumbered on how political that place has become.”

According to Jordan, the alleged politicization may include efforts by the FBI to suppress media coverage of the Hunter Biden story in 2020.

Many of these allegations circulated in GOP circles during the Biden administration — with the Republicans taking over the House next year, they will have an official platform to investigate and fully expose these matters.

At least one of the FBI agents scrutinizing GOP lawmakers has previously denied any wrongdoing. The “whistleblowers” are anonymous and have not testified at public Congressional hearings.

“The FBI has testified before Congress and has responded to letters from lawmakers on numerous occasions to provide an accurate account of how we do our jobs,” an FBI spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

“The men and women of the FBI are committed to protecting the American people from terrorism, violent crime, cyber threats and other dangers,” the spokesperson said. “Simply put: we follow the facts without an eye for politics.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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