House Republican lawmakers will subpoena members of President Joe Biden’s family as part of a sweeping corruption investigation into possible influence peddling.
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer (R-KY), made the announcement in a Fox Business interview Thursday, confirming the panel is “putting the case together to win in court” and that the subpoena includes the Bidens.
“This was always gonna end with the Biden’s coming in front of the committee. We are going to subpoena the family,” Comer said. “Obviously with all the opposition and obstruction we are getting from the Biden attorneys now, we know that this is going to end up in court when we subpoena the Bidens.”
The GOP-led Oversight Committee has identified more than $20 million in payments to the Bidens from foreign sources, raising questions of the president’s potential vulnerability to influence peddling. Comer has accused at least a dozen members of the First Family of partaking in a “influence peddling scheme.”
Leaders of the investigation are hoping to construct “legislative solutions” to protect the ethical disclosure of financial interests. Though not yet confirmed, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said last month the probe into the Biden family’s finances is “rising to the level” of an impeachment inquiry, potentially leading to an inquiry as soon as fall as the 2024 presidential election cycle begins.
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At the forefront of the investigation is Hunter Biden, the president’s son, and his former business partner Devon Archer. Archer recently testified to the committee that the Biden family “brand” helped pave the way for their lucrative business dealings when the elder Biden was Vice President. Archer also commented on the frequent calls between Hunter and his father — “On more than 20 occasions he [Joe Biden] was on speaker phone,” Archer said at the hearing. Joe Biden has insisted that he never discussed his son’s business dealings.
Though Democrats have characterized the probe as an example of Republican’s obsession with Biden, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) accused the GOP of “rehashing the same Hunter Biden business dealings that Congressional Republicans identified at least three years ago.” Comer, however, is confident the subpoenas will produce results, as “Bank records don’t lie.”
Before pulling out all the stops, the chairman said the panel will speak with more witnesses, including a few who will likely need to be issued subpoenas.
“We continue to produce evidence about every two weeks,” said Comer. “We are going to do everything legally possible to get to the truth about the influence peddling with members of the Biden family.”
“Your son’s former business associates is claiming that you were on speakerphone a lot with them talking business?”
BIDEN: “I never talked business with anybody! I knew you’d have a lousy question.”
“Why is that a lousy question?”
BIDEN: “Because it’s not true!” pic.twitter.com/R4OYvbc12N
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