'Getting very close to Joe Biden': Congress probes dozen bank accounts that enriched first family
Rep. James Comer says Middle East, several new family members emerge as focus of inquiry as evidence mounts that some money was funneled to future president.
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Congressional investigators have identified a labyrinth of at least a dozen bank accounts that were used to funnel money from foreign sources to Joe Biden's family and uncovered the first evidence that some funds went to benefit the future president, the chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee has disclosed.
"It's getting very close to Joe Biden," Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) told Just the News.
In a wide-ranging interview with the "Just the News, No Noise" television show Wednesday night, Comer said his investigators were finally allowed to see Suspicious Activity Reports filed with the Treasury Department by banks flagging Biden family overseas business transactions dating back years.
Whistleblowers have augmented those financial records with testimony, Comer revealed.
The Kentucky Republican said the new evidence makes clear that several members of the Biden family were involved in receiving or forwarding foreign money and that some of the money came from places other than widely reported sources in China, Russia and Ukraine. He cited the United Arab Emirates as one new area of investigative interest.
"The Middle East, that's very underreported, especially with Jim Biden, the president's brother," Comer said. "He had a lot of deals in the Middle East. We know about a lot of these deals, because a lot of them are in federal bankruptcy court right now.
"And that's the other story here: I don't know if any of these business deals ever lasted. I mean, they were all scams and schemes and failures. So why would people continue to send this family massive amounts of money? Because they don't have any expertise. Were they getting something in return? If so, then Joe Biden would be the primary suspect, because I don't think that Hunter Biden or Jim Biden, or any of the family members of the Biden family can actually do something on behalf of the government. But Joe Biden could, and that's why we're investigating this."
Comer said investigators have identified "over a dozen accounts, at least, and maybe many more" through which foreign money flowed to the family and the committee is now in the process of subpoenaing the records directly from the banks. Money flowed to several family members, including one who has escaped any public notice, he said, declining to be more specific.
"We identified a very new Biden family member that I honestly never would have even suspected would have been a recipient of a big paycheck from an account that was funded through two individuals closely aligned with the Chinese Communist Party," Comer said. "So I think you're gonna find that there are many Biden family members that were involved in the schemes."
"It doesn't make sense for this family to receive these massive amounts of money from our adversaries," he added. "They're not dealing with Canada. They're not dealing with the Europeans, you know, the normal European Union countries. They're dealing with countries like Russia and China, and the United Arab Emirates. I mean, it's bizarre some of the countries that are doing business with the Bidens."
A spokesperson for the Biden White House and a personal lawyer for the president did not return calls and emails seeking comment Wednesday.
The president's son Hunter Biden has acknowledged he is under federal investigation for tax matters, but his lawyers have expressed confidence he will be cleared of any wrongdoing. They admit Hunter Biden recently paid $2 million in overdue taxes.
Joe Biden has adamantly insisted he did not get involved or benefit from his son's or family's business dealings and did nothing wrong, suggesting the investigations were nothing more than political paybacks. But White House officials now say it is possible the president met with some of his son's foreign business partners, including from China and Ukraine.
Comer said the bank records have been augmented with information from cooperating witnesses and whistleblowers who allege money flowed from foreign sources through limited liability companies and then in some cases was routed to pay bills or provide other benefits directly to Joe Biden, not just to Hunter Biden or other family members. Moreover, Comer revealed, the future president met with some of the foreign players during his last year as Barack Obama's vice president.
"One of the things that all of our whistleblowers have told us," Comer said, "is that they were all — through these LLCs — paying for things for Joe Biden. So that's very curious, you know. This is getting to the point where it's getting very close to Joe Biden.
"I mean, he's not going to be able to say that he had no knowledge of his family's business activities, because a lot of these people that sent this money to the LLCs that then sent it to the Bidens, Joe Biden then met with, especially during the last year of his vice presidency. So, you know, Biden was in on the game. But what we want to know is did he benefit personally from it? We know his family did. But did he benefit personally, and that's what we're investigating."
Comer said if the records corroborate the witness allegations that money got funneled to Joe Biden, it raises a slew of new legal questions for the sitting president.
"There's so many problems," he said. "He would have ethics violations, disclosure violations, tax evasion problems. So at the end of the day, we're investigating Joe Biden. I know the press calls it the Hunter Biden investigation, but there's so many Biden family, I mean, it's investigating Joe Biden for the Biden family influence peddling. And I can tell you with confidence, they were influence peddling."