GOP Focuses on Hunter Biden’s Business Dealings after Winning Control of House

House GOP members, fresh off winning the majority, quickly turned their attention to probes into the foreign business dealings of the son of the president Hunter Biden and the president’s brother James Biden.

The probes aim to inquire whether the president is “compromised” by foreign governments as the Republicans shift focus from a disappointing midterm to the 2024 presidential race and Oversight.

“We will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners and whether he is a president who is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars and influence,” said James Comer, Kentucky Republican House Oversight Committee ranking member, in a press conference. 

“I want to be clear: This is an investigation of Joe Biden. And that’s where the committee will focus in this next Congress,” said Comer.

Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, said his panel would aid Oversight in its investigation of the Biden family’s business dealings, with probes into the alleged politicization at the Department of Justice and FBI.

The Oversight Committee Republicans in the House also released a 32-page interim staff report into the Biden family. The staff has already reviewed a copy of Hunter Biden’s laptop; however, the GOP is trying to avoid its more salacious information in their investigation.

The last pages of the report say the probing investigations into Biden family business dealings will continue to inform any legislation “regarding government employees’ family members’ ability to lobby or engage government officials for financial gain.”

The Oversight Committee also said the probes will involve “elected officials’ mandatory disclosure of financial interests held in trust by family members or associates and interests held in businesses controlled or funded by America’s adversaries.”

Other investigations possible as GOP regains control of House

Other Republican priorities include investigating the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, policies at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the origins of the Covid-19 virus.

In a press conference, Comer said the committee would “love to talk to people in the Biden family” but that his single priority is obtaining suspicious activity reports from the Treasury Department, which connect transactions involving the president’s son and his associates. 

According to reports, U.S. banks flagged for review more than 150 financial transactions related to the business affairs of either James or Hunter Biden. Very few financial transactions per year are flagged as ‘suspicious,’ and only a tiny percentage of the reports filed by banks each year lead to investigations by law enforcement.