After winning a majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, top Republicans on Thursday outlined a wide range of investigative targets centered on the business dealings of President Joe Biden and his family.
“In the 118th Congress, this committee will assess the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign associates and whether he is a president who is compromised or exposed to foreign dollars and influence,” said Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, a top Republican. : Regarding the House Oversight Committee. “I want to say clearly. this is the Joe Biden investigation, and that’s where the committee will focus this next Congress.”
At a wide-ranging press conference flanked by GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, who is expected to become chairman of 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 to the president that they believe warrants further investigation. Comer said his team spoke with multiple whistleblowers who say they were involved in schemes involving the Biden family, reviewed Hunter Biden’s laptop and obtained “previously unknown transactions.”
Comer specifically zeroed in on more than 100 bank activity reports, known as Suspicious Activity Reports, allegedly linked to the Biden family and said the Treasury Department ignored his repeated requests when Republicans were in the minority to hand them over.
So far, Comer says he has seen only two of those reports and renewed his request for the rest today. Such reports do not always indicate criminal activity or illegality.
As part of his investigation, Comer said. “We would like to speak to people in the Biden family, specifically Hunter and Joe Biden.”
The White House has said the investigation is 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 spending, congressional Republicans’ top priority is to pursue President Biden with long-winded attacks full of politically motivated conspiracy theories,” White House counsel spokesmen. office, Ian Sams, said in a statement to CNN.
“President Biden will not allow these political attacks to distract him from focusing on the priorities of the American people, and we hope that Republicans in Congress will join us in addressing them instead of wasting time and resources on political vendettas,” Sams added.
Nellie Decker, a spokeswoman for House Oversight Committee Democrats, said Republicans have “revisited the same, partisan rhetoric” that has been circulating for years.
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“Now that former President Trump is running for office again, the top priority of House Republicans 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 little ability to enforce their filing requirements while they were in the minority. But after the new Congress takes office in January, Republicans will gain judicial power, a more powerful enforcement mechanism that would try to compel individuals and government agencies to provide information.
Private attorneys representing members of the Biden family did not respond to requests for comment.
At the heart of the Comer investigation is a series of suspicious activity reports that Republicans allege banks filed in connection with Hunter Biden’s financial activities. In a letter to the Treasury Department on Thursday, Comer sought any such reports regarding various members of the Biden family, their business associates and companies associated with Hunter Biden.
Comer also seeks communications within the Treasury Department, its Financial Crimes Enforcement Division 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 was involved in questionable activity, such reports are not conclusive and do not necessarily indicate wrongdoing. Financial institutions file millions of suspicious activity reports each year, and few lead to law enforcement inquiries.
Comer sent an email to a financial adviser who Comer said was managing Hunter Biden’s finances, seeking 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 associates, including communications between Hunter Biden and Joe Biden related to finances, taxes and debt.
The letters were part of a new round that Comer sent Thursday to various government agencies and individuals seeking more information to continue his investigation.
He also requested from the National Archives 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 compromise the Biden family” and former FBI agent Timothy Thibault, who Republicans accuse of politicizing the investigations. Thibault has pleaded not guilty.
Another letter was sent to Georges Burgess, a gallery owner who exhibited and sold Hunter Biden’s artwork. Among the requested documents were communications with the White House and Hunter Biden, discussions about the price of Hunter Biden’s work, and lists of those who attended Hunter Biden’s art shows and bought his work.
Federal prosecutors have been investigating Hunter Biden since 2018 and have yet to file any charges. Asked by CNN if they knew whether the claims filed Thursday had already been investigated by federal prosecutors, Jordan said, “We don’t know.”
Jordan also said that under his leadership, the House Judiciary Committee will look into the alleged “politicization” of the FBI. Jordan and other Republican lawmakers have previously claimed they heard from FBI insiders about an anti-conservative bias driving FBI decision-making, particularly in the FBI’s Washington field office.
“I’ve been in Congress for several years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Jordan said. “Fourteen (FBI) agents come with us while we’re in the minority of how political the place has become.”
According to Jordan, the alleged politicization could include attempts by the FBI to suppress media coverage of the Hunter Biden story in 2020.
Many of these claims circulated within Republican circles during the Biden administration. With Republicans taking over the House next year, they will have an official platform to investigate these issues and put them on full display.
At least one of the FBI agents being scrutinized by GOP lawmakers has previously denied any wrongdoing. The “influencers” are anonymous and have not testified at any public congressional hearings.
“The FBI has testified to Congress and responded to letters from lawmakers on numerous occasions to provide an accurate account of how we do our work,” an FBI spokesperson said in a 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 threats,” the spokesperson said. “Just to put it simply, we follow the facts without regard to politics.”