Cruz wants GOP investigations to focus on Joe Biden instead of his son

"It's not about the poor schlub who got caught. It's about the boss."

Updated: November 23, 2022 - 7:51pm

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As Republicans vow to investigate the alleged misconduct of the Biden family and, especially, first son Hunter Biden, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wants lawmakers to prioritize President Joe Biden instead.

On his "Verdict with Ted Cruz" podcast, the senator said "[t]he focus needs to be on Joe Biden; this is not about Hunter Biden, any more than if you're going after the mafia and you catch some low-level enforcer, or you're going after a drug cartel and you catch some mule who swallowed balloons full of heroin."

"It's not about the poor schlub who got caught. It's about the boss," Fox News quoted Cruz as saying. "It's about the big guy. It's about the Godfather, Joe Biden is the Godfather. He is the one who ultimately is profiting on this corruption. He is the one who is abusing official authority to further the criminal activity of his family members. And that's why this is an issue of public corruption."

House Republicans have long suggested that Hunter Biden and the president's other family members have traded off of the family name and engaged in corrupt business practices and influence peddling. With the GOP poised to take control of the House of Representatives in the next session, they are well situated to pursue investigations into their suspicions.

"You know what, we wouldn't be talking about it if it was just one deeply troubled soul," Cruz went on. "The reason we should talk about it, and the reason why the corporate media and the Democrats desperately don't want to talk about it, is there is now growing evidence of corruption from Joe Biden himself, when he was vice president of the United States... And now when he's president of the United States, personally enriching himself enriching his family by selling official favors to enemies, hostile foreign governments — that is an issue of highest importance."

Hunter's dealings with Chinese companies and the president's alleged involvement have drawn the most scrutiny and prompted many Republicans to question whether Beijing holds damaging information on the first family and is using it to influence American policy.