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House investigators to press Secret Service about who had access to Biden's classified records

Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer raised concerns about Chinese money laundering as he presses ahead with probe. "This has all the pattern of an influence peddling scheme," he said.

Published: January 22, 2023 8:18pm

Updated: January 22, 2023 11:13pm

Stonewalled by the White House, House investigators are turning their attention to the Secret Service in hopes of finding records showing who had access to the five tranches of classified records found in President Joe Biden's Delaware home and Washington think tank office.

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said Sunday the latest discovery of documents by the FBI during a search Friday had escalated the scandal from simply a question of incompetence, especially since the home where many of the documents were found was frequented by Hunter Biden as he pursued significant business deals with communist China.

"This has all the pattern of an influence peddling scheme, and it also has the makings of a potential coverup," Comer told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo. "... There's a lot of connections with the CCP directly to both Hunter Biden, Hunter Biden's Uncle Jim and Joe Biden."

The Biden administration has refused to provide any information about the classified documents, citing last week an ongoing special counsel probe into the discoveries of five tranches of classified documents at the Wilmington, Del., family home and the Penn Biden Center in Washington since Nov. 2.

Comer said Sunday the distribution of the documents at multiple locations raised concerns.

"Does anyone believe that those classified documents, when they left the vice president's office, they just took them to multiple locations all over the East Coast?" he asked. "It has the appearance that someone would have taken them and moved them around. I mean, this is very concerning."

Comer said his committee would be sending letters to the Secret Service on Monday for any records the presidential security agency has about who visited either location.

"Hopefully, the Secret Service is going to work with us," he said. "We're requesting tomorrow formally any type of correspondence, any type of emails, any type of documentation that would help us determine who actually had access to those documents. And hopefully the Secret Service will work with us despite the fact that this White House is not."

Just the News reported last week that Hunter Biden listed the Wilmington home as his personal residence on multiple documents during a period in 2018-19 when he suffered from self-described addiction and also pursued deals with a Chinese energy company that included the gift of a large diamond and a $5 million interest-free, forgivable loan.

Comer said his investigators have learned significant new details about those transactions.

"Look, you know, we know a lot more about the diamond than I need to talk about right now," he said. "You know, that diamond was given to Hunter at about the time these documents were being transported to different locations. It's very concerning.

"You know, two ways the Chinese tried to launder money into the United States are through the art world and through diamonds."

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