Republicans Subpoena President Biden’s Son, Brother

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
November 8, 2023Congress

Republicans investigating President Joe Biden and his family issued on Nov. 8 for the president’s son and brother.

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, signed subpoenas for Hunter Biden, the president’s son, and James Biden, the president’s brother, and is also seeking interviews with several other family members and associates of the family.

That group includes Melissa Cohen, Hunter Biden’s wife, and Sara Biden, James Biden’s wife.

“The House Oversight Committee has followed the money and built a record of evidence revealing how Joe Biden knew, was involved, and benefited from his family’s influence peddling schemes. Now, the House Oversight Committee is going to bring in members of the Biden family and their associates to question them on this record of evidence,” Mr. Comer said in a statement.

“Unlike the many lies President Biden told the American people about his family’s business schemes, bank records don’t lie. These records reveal how the Bidens sold Joe Biden around to the world to benefit the Biden family, including Joe Biden himself, to the detriment of U.S. interests.

“The House Oversight Committee, along with the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, will continue to follow the facts and deliver the transparency and accountability that the American people demand and deserve,” Mr. Comer added.

Representatives for Hunter Biden and James Biden did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Financial records obtained and made public by Republicans show a network of shell companies set up by the Biden family while President Biden was vice president. The network was designed to hide payments to the family from foreigners, according to Republicans.

The family, their associates, and their companies raked in more than $24 million from various sources, including business operators and companies in China, Russia, and Kazakhstan, according to the records.

A new subpoena is also being sent to Rob Walker, a former Biden family associate. Mr. Comer had asked Mr. Walker to appear for a transcribed interview in March, citing how records showed accounts linked to Mr. Walker had sent more than $1.3 million to Biden family members and their companies.

“The Oversight Committee has many questions for Rob Walker,” Mr. Comer said previously, “and we look forward to getting answers for the American people.”

Mr. Walker told FBI agents in 2020 that Joe Biden stopped in while Mr. Walker, Hunter Biden, and Chinese businessmen were eating lunch at the Four Seasons, according to a transcript given to Congress by IRS whistleblowers.

“He literally sat down.  I don’t even think he drank water. I think Hunter said ‘I may be tryin’ to start a company, or tried to do something with these guys and could you…’ and [I] think he was like ‘if I’m around,’ and he’d show up,” Mr. Walker was quoted as saying.

The appearances were aimed at bolstering the chances of making deals, Mr. Walker said.

Devon Archer, another former associate of Hunter Biden, has told Congress that Joe Biden took part in business meetings, though Mr. Archer said he did not recall Joe Biden ever discussing business.

Mr. Walker was commanded in a subpoena to testify at a deposition in Washington on Nov. 29.

James Biden was ordered to appear before the committee on Dec. 6. Hunter Biden was commanded to testify on Dec. 13.

James Comer
Committee chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) arrives for a House Oversight Committee hearing related to the Justice Department’s investigation of Hunter Biden on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 19, 2023. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Interview Requests

In addition to Sara Biden and Ms. Cohen, the panel is now also asking for interviews with Hallie Biden, who once dated Hunter Biden and is the widow of his brother Beau Biden; Elizabeth Secundy, Hallie Biden’s sister, who has communicated with Hunter Biden; and Tony Bobulinski, who has said President Biden lied when claiming he was not involved in his son’s business operations.

The White House did not immediately respond to a query.

The uncovered financial activity included two payments in 2018 from James Biden to Joe Biden, one in 2017 for $40,000 and one in 2018 for $200,000.

James Biden labeled the checks as loan repayments, but Republicans noted the former was sent after a series of payments from a Chinese company to businesses operated by Hunter Biden and the latter was cut on the same day James Biden received an equivalent amount from a now-bankrupt hospital operator.

“Now we can trace the money that Joe Biden got, the two checks, back to influence peddling schemes,” Mr. Comer said on Newsmax recently. “So now that we can trace the money, we have enough bank records that we can bring the Bidens in. So we’re preparing everything now to be able to serve them and try to bring them in.”

The White House has stressed the payments went to Joe Biden when he was a private citizen and that they were loan repayments.

“These extreme House Republicans have officially jumped the shark. In case that wasn’t clear already,” Ian Sams, a White House spokesman, said in a recent statement.

“One brother gives one brother money, the other brother pays it back. No one is elected at all. They’re both private citizens,” Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.), a member of the House Oversight Committee, added during a recent podcast appearance.

Mr. Comer said the lack of documentation on the alleged loan casts doubt on the stated reason for the payments.

Joseph Lord and Samantha Flom contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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