House Republicans plan to fire off subpoenas for the Biden family in a major escalation of their investigation into their foreign business deals.
Hunter Biden and James Biden, the president’s brother, and Biden family associate Rob Walker have been called in for depositions before the Oversight Committee – which has taken the lead on the Biden impeachment investigation.
The committee has requested Hunter Biden come in on December 13 and James Biden appear on December 6.
Committee Chair James Comer is also requesting transcribed interviews with Melissa Cohen, Hunter’s wife, Sara Biden, Frank’s wife, Hallie Biden, Hunter’s ex-girl friend and Beau Biden’s widow, Elizabeth Secundy, Hallie’s sister who Hunter is believed to have had a romantic relationship with while she was married, and Hunter associate Tony Bobulinski.
Comer says he has traced some $24 million from foreign actors to Biden family and Biden associate bank accounts. Through issuing subpoenas for bank records, the GOP-led committee says it has found 20 shell companies related to the Biden family, most of which were set up when Joe was vice president. The money was traced to foreign actors in China, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Kazakhstan.
Hunter Biden will be hit with a subpoena to testify before Congress and Melissa Cohen, his wife, right, is requested to sit for an interview
James Biden, left, has been subpoenaed. His wife Sara has been requested to sit for an interview
Comer says the shell companies were used to give a convoluted path to the payments that didn’t set off alarm bells.
White House spokesperson Ian Sams scoffed at the new subpoenas and accused Republicans of trying to ‘distract’ – pointing to the government funding deadline on November 17.
‘With just over a week to go until House Republicans may again thrust the country into a harmful and chaotic government shutdown, the most extreme voices in their party like James Comer are trying to distract from their repeated failures to govern.’
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not respond to a shouted question from DailyMail.com on if Hunter and James should comply with the subpoenas.
Top Oversight Democrat Jamie Raskin noted the committee has already obtained business records from Hunter, James and Rob Walker and has interviewed many of his business associates.
‘Comer has decided what he needs to jump-start this epic flop of an investigation is a big pile of subpoenas and interview requests, all to private citizens,’ Raskin said.
‘For all the Chairman’s impressive acrobatic efforts to conceal evidence and turn somersaults around the facts, all the voluminous information gathered discredits their false claims about President Biden.’
Comer recently touted an image of a $200,000 check James Biden mailed to his brother Joe Biden as a ‘smoking gun,’ but the check was marked as a loan repayment.
Weeks ago Comer unveiled a $40,000 direct payment to Joe from 2017 labeled as a ‘loan repayment’ that he claims is ‘laundered money’ that can be traced back to the Chinese.
Bank records seen by DailyMail.com show that Joe had loaned James the exact amount he was paid $240,000 – weeks before he was paid back by his brother.
Hallie Biden, Hunter’s ex and Beau Biden’s widow, has been requested to sit for an interview
Hunter and Hallie Biden dated between 2016 and 2019
In WhatsApp messages from August 2017 previously published by DailyMail.com, Hunter demanded $10 million from CEFC, and claimed his father was ‘sitting here’ next to him during the exchange.
After an initial $5 million from CEFC was put in the joint venture on August 8, 2017, and a transfer of $400,000 was placed into Hunter Biden entity Owasco, P.C. on the same day. Then, $150,000 was transferred directly from Owasco into the bank account of James and Sara Biden – Joe’s sister-in-law – on August 14, 2017.
Then on September 3, 2017, Sara wrote a $40,000 check direct to Joe – just six days after she took out $50,000 in cash, according to the obtained documents.
‘In taking funds sourced to a CCP-linked company that wanted to advance China’s interests, Joe Biden exposed himself to future blackmail and put America’s interests behind his own desire for money,’ Comer said in a video published Wednesday.
This is the fourth ‘Bank Records Memorandum’ released by the committee so far this year to inform members of their ongoing investigation.
Joe Biden has previously stated that Hunter never made money from China, and the White House has maintained that the president never benefitted from his family’s business ventures.
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