Top Republican signals 2023 investigative focus: Biden 'compromised' by son's business deals
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the likely chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also plans to investigate Biden administration effort to disperse illegal aliens across the country as illegal human trafficking.
Some conservatives have fretted the four years it has taken federal prosecutors to investigate Hunter Biden's business dealings. But make no mistake, the man most likely to run the main House investigative committee if Republicans win control of Congress next year is determined to document how President Joe Biden's foreign policy has been compromised by his son's infamous wheeling and dealing.
"We feel that Hunter Biden is a national security threat," Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) told Just the News in a wide-ranging interview Friday laying out his priorities if he becomes chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. "We've been poring over his financial records for many weeks now, and it's troubling.
"So we've got a lot of questions about Hunter's business dealings and questions for Biden administration officials to determine if thepresident is in fact compromised because of Hunter's shady business dealings."
Comer was asked whether the evidence he has seen shows the president's son ran "an influence peddling scheme" that sold access to his father to foreigners. "There's no question," he answered.
"That was confirmed with the recent tape that emerged last week from the laptop that showed that Hunter Biden said that, you know, his dad would do anything he asked him to do," said Comer. "I think that was the sales pitch that Hunter would make to the questionable shady figures in Russia who he received compensation from, the shady, questionable figures in communist China he would receive payments from, and those in Ukraine and Africa and everywhere else around the world."
"No one would think that anyone wanted to do business with Hunter Biden because of his stellar resume or his record of achievement," Comer added. "It was because his last name was Biden. And his father was the vice president of the United States."
Comer said the House oversight committee's job wouldn't be to focus on whether Hunter Biden evaded taxes, an issue already under investigation by federal prosecutors since late 2018, but rather on what government or policy favors countries and players got for paying the presidential son, including for a recent set of paintings.
"We've got national security concerns with respect to Hunter Biden," Comer said. "We want to know if you remember who bought that expensive artwork when he was an artist for about three days and sold the artwork for half a million dollars. We want to know why the Russian oligarchs who paid Hunter Biden money were mysteriously left off the sanctions list when Joe Biden started putting sanctions on Russians and Russian oligarchs.
"We've got a lot of questions about shady business dealings that Hunter had and whether or not they impacted the Biden administration."
Comer said if Republicans win control of Congress in the November midterm elections, the investigative agenda will expand well beyond political corruption.
"We're going to start bringing in Cabinet secretaries in January," he said. "We're going to be asking them questions I think every American taxpayer wants answered. With respect to policy, we believe a lot of policy decisions that have been made that are detrimental to the American economy and the American taxpayer have been made for purely political reasons. We're gathering information and data right now to be able to come out of the gate really fast."
One investigative focus that hasn't been discussed much, Comer said, is exploring whether the Biden administration has used tax dollars and federally-paid contractors to traffic illegal aliens from the southern border to the interior of the country.
"There's so many unaccompanied minors, for example, that have come across the border," he said. "The Biden administration is offering no-bid contracts to contractors who are coming in, buying old motels and strip malls and converting them into temporary housing for them.
"The federal government's paying for plane rides all across the United States, bus trips, are paying for food," he added. "They're putting these people on Medicaid. When you have Medicaid, you have free health care. So there's a lot of issues with the illegals who are pouring across the border."