US midterm elections: House Republicans consider investigation of Biden family ‘top priority’
- Sam Cabral
- BBC Washington
Prominent Republican Party leaders said a day after winning a majority in the US House of Representatives that they would launch an investigation into President Joe Biden’s family and considered it a “high priority”.
Republican lawmakers said the probe will focus on offshore dealings of Hunter Biden, the president’s son.
Hunter, 52, is already under investigation nationwide but no charges have yet been filed against him.
Biden’s son is not involved in any capacity in the US government.
But Republican lawmakers insist their investigation will determine the extent of Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in his son’s business dealings, including during his tenure as vice president.
Lawmakers said during a news conference on Thursday that the president lied to the American people about his alleged involvement in his family’s business dealings.
James Comer, the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said: “The President’s involvement in the enrichment of his family is, in a word, abuse of the highest order.”
He added, “Let me be clear: this is an investigation into Joe Biden and that’s what we’re going to focus on in the next Congress.”
They have accused Hunter Biden of crimes such as tax evasion and wire fraud but have not announced any current plans to subpoena him.
Christopher Clarke, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, told the BBC his client had not commented on the GOP ad.
Comer was joined at the press conference by Congressman Jim Jordan, who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Jordan later tweeted, “The Biden family business deals pose a national security threat.”
DNC officials responded by releasing a memo stating that Coomer, the Kentucky congressman, “a Trump supporter, has made it clear that his falsified investigations are political practices designed to harm President Biden.” .
The White House said the investigation was politically motivated.
“Rather than working with President Biden to address issues that matter to the American people, such as Ian Sams.
The newly announced investigation is one of several that Republicans in the House of Representatives could lead. This may include the Biden administration’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and how it is handling the coronavirus pandemic.
The committee selected to investigate the January 6, 2021 riots by supporters of former President Donald Trump at Congressional headquarters will also be dissolved.
The prominent Republican representatives had nominated the chairman, Kevin McCarthy, for the position of speaker of the House of Representatives.
If McCarthy, the California congressman, is elected in January, he will succeed Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
McCarthy proposed that the Republican majority would cut funding to Ukraine, but he would have to contend with a slim majority in the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the Democrats retain their majority in the Senate.
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