GOP Sen. Johnson rips Biden on first family business deals: 'Big fat liar'
A Biden campaign official in 2020 explicitly denied that the president spoke with his brother about the company.
Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson on Monday excoriated President Joe Biden over his 2020 campaign claims denying any involvement in the business dealings of his son Hunter and brother James.
Appearing on the "Just the News, No Noise" television show, Johnson fielded questions as to recent revelations from the House Oversight Committee that the president received a $200,000 payment from his brother James connected to the healthcare firm Americore. A Biden campaign official in 2020 explicitly denied that the president spoke with his brother about the company.
"He was a big fat liar. He always has been, we've known about it, the press has known about it," Johnson said. "And I've also said it as serious it is concerning is the Biden crime family corruption is ... even more concerning scandals are the corruption and complicity of federal law enforcement, the FBI, Department of Justice, those intelligence community officials that signed on to the letter. And then, of course, the complicit and corrupt and compliant media."
"You wouldn't have corrupt federal agencies, if you had a media that was unbiased, and holding both sides equally accountable," Johnson asserted. "So again, we've got serious problems in this in this nation. And the fact that we don't have a free press that is largely unbiased is maybe the greatest of those problems."
The check itself was marked as a loan repayment, though House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer has cast doubt on that claim and contended that, even if that is true, the document remains indicative of likely influence peddling by the first family.
"[W]e've already called for the president to release the terms of the so-called loan that he apparently claims he made to his brother," Comer said Monday on the same program. "But look, whether or not he made it a loan is irrelevant. What matters is Joe Biden benefited to the tune of $200,000."
"From this, either he made a loan to his brother like they claim – which I don't believe, but let's say they pull something out of their rear end, John and say they made a loan to his brother for $200,000 – [h]is brother could not have paid that loan back without influence-peddling the company, Americore Health, out of $200,000."
"We have Jim Biden's bank records and I can say with 100% confidence that he had very little money in that checking accounts for a long time," Comer continued. "And the only way he could have paid that back was with that $200,000 payment. So, either Joe Biden was paid $200,000 as part of the influence peddling scheme – payback, kickback dividend, whatever you want to call it – or Joe Biden actually made a loan to his brother."
"And because his brother influence-peddled Americore health, he paid him back 200,000. So, either Joe Biden made $200,000 or he didn't lose $200,000. Either way, Joe Biden's $200,000 better off today because of his family's influence-peddling scheme," Comer concluded.
Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.