After winning a majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, top Republicans on Thursday outlined a series of investigative goals focusing on President Joe Biden and his business dealings. his family.
“During the 118th Congress, this committee will assess the state of Joe Biden’s relationships with his family’s foreign partners and whether he is an affected President and the dollar foreign countries hurt or shaken,” said Representative James Comer of Kentucky, a top Republican. on the House Oversight Committee. “I want to be clear: This is the investigation of Joe Biden, and that’s where the committee will focus on next Congress.”
In a wide-ranging press conference attended by Republican Representative Jim Jordan, who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Republican members of the oversight committee Investigators, Comer said Republicans had created a link between the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and the president that they believe warrants further investigation. Comer said his team spoke to multiple whistleblowers who said they were involved in plans involving the Bidens, reviewed Hunter Biden’s laptop and received “unapproved transactions.” known before”.
Comer specifically focused on more than 100 bank activity reports – known as Suspicious Activity Reports – believed to be related to the Biden family and said the Treasury Department ignored repeated requests. his money when the Republicans in the minority turned them over.
So far, Comer says he’s only seen two of those reports, and he’s extended his request for the rest of them today. Such reports do not always indicate criminal activity or misconduct.
As part of his investigation, Comer said, “We’d love to speak to people in the Biden family, specifically Hunter and Joe Biden.”
The White House said the investigations were politically motivated and a waste of time.
“Rather than working with President Biden to address issues that matter to the American people, like lower costs, the top priority for Republicans in Congress is to hunt down President Biden with The politically motivated attack is filled with conspiracy theories that have long since been debunked,” a spokesperson for the White House counsel said. office, Ian Sams, said in a statement to CNN.
“President Biden will not let these political attacks distract him from American priorities, and we hope congressional Republicans will join us in addressing them instead of wasting them. waste time and resources for political revenge,” added Sams.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, Nelly Decker, said Republicans “repeat the same, partisan arguments” that have circulated for years.
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“Now that former President Trump is running for re-election, the top priority for Republicans in the House is to attack President Biden and his family in a desperate attempt to bring Mr Trump back to power. ” Decker said in a statement.
Republicans have little ability to enforce their document requests when they are in the minority. But once the new Congress is sworn into office in January, Republicans will have the power to subpoena, a stronger enforcement mechanism to try to compel individuals and government entities to release information.
Private attorneys representing Biden family members did not respond to requests for comment.
At the heart of Comer’s investigation is digging into a series of suspicious activity reports that Republicans allege banks have filed related to Hunter Biden’s financial activities. In a letter to the Treasury Department on Thursday, Comer sought any such reports involving various members of the Biden family, their business associates, and affiliated companies. with Hunter Biden.
Comer is also seeking communications within the Treasury Department, financial crime enforcement, and the White House regarding those family members and related businesses and associates.
While Republicans have seized on reports of suspicious activity as evidence that Joe Biden’s son has engaged in questionable activities, those reports are not conclusive and does not necessarily indicate misconduct. Financial institutions file millions of suspicious activity reports each year, and a few lead to investigations by law enforcement.
Comer sent a letter to a financial advisor, who Comer said was managing Hunter Biden’s finances, looking for any reports of suspicious activity, as well as financial information about Hunter Biden. He is also seeking information from one of Hunter Biden’s former business partners, including communications regarding Hunter Biden and Joe Biden’s finances, taxes, and debts.
The letters are part of a new round that Comer sent to various government agencies and individuals on Thursday seeking more information to further his investigation.
He also requested the National Archives to provide flight manifests and other documents related to Air Force Two and Marines Two during Biden’s vice-presidency, as well as other communications involving Russia, Ukraine and Hunter Biden during his vice presidency.
From the FBI, he is seeking any documents related to “attempts by foreign intelligence agencies to compromise the Bidens” and information on Timothy Thibault, a former FBI agent who is Republican. Reconciliation alleges politicized the investigations. Thibault has denied wrongdoing.
Another letter was sent to Georges Bergés, the owner of the gallery that displayed and sold Hunter Biden’s artwork. Among the documents requested were communications with the White House and Hunter Biden, discussions about the valuation of Hunter Biden’s work, and a list of people who attended Hunter Biden’s art performances. and buy his work.
Federal prosecutors have been investigating Hunter Biden since 2018 and have not brought any charges. Asked by CNN if they knew if the statements presented Thursday had been investigated by federal prosecutors, Jordan said: “We don’t know.”
Jordan also said that under his leadership, the House Judiciary Committee will review allegations of “politicization” at the FBI. Jordan and other Republican lawmakers previously stated that they had heard from FBI insiders about the anti-conservative bias driving the FBI’s decision-making process, particularly at the Office Washington Field of the FBI.
“I’ve been in Congress for a few years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jordan said. “Fourteen agents (FBI) came to talk to us when we were in the minority about how the place had become political.”
According to Jordan, the allegation of politicization could include an attempt by the FBI to block media coverage of the Hunter Biden story in 2020.
Many of these claims have been circulated in GOP circles under the Biden administration – with Republicans taking over the House next year, they will have a formal platform to investigate these matters and bring them to justice. them to the public.
At least one of the FBI agents GOP lawmakers are scrutinizing has previously denied any wrongdoing. “The accusers” are anonymous and have not testified at any public hearings of Congress.
“The FBI has testified before Congress and has repeatedly responded to letters from lawmakers to provide an accurate account of how we do our job,” an FBI spokesman said in a statement. statement to CNN.
“The men and women of the FBI are dedicated to protecting the American people from terrorism, violent crime, cyber threats, and other dangers,” the spokesperson said. “To put it simply: we follow the truth without regard for politics.”