WASHINGTON – Three House committee chairmen briefed their fellow Republicans on Thursday on the status of the impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s alleged role in his family’s overseas businesses, and their colleagues say: “ Show us the money.”
The closed-door meeting included presentations on all the developments since the last GOP conference in July, before the long August recess that ended this week.
A three-page pamphlet reviewed by The Post shows that committee leaders emphasized recent allegations that have emerged about Joe Biden’s role in his son’s affairs while he was vice president, and an alleged cover-up by the Justice Department in the criminal investigation of the first case. son Hunter Biden.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) spoke about the explosive claims that emerged from a July 31 interview with Hunter’s former business partner, Devon Archer, and the requests that sent to the National Archives Air Force Two flight manifests and emails in which Biden used a pseudonym while he was vice president.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer addressed the explosive claims that emerged from a July 31 interview with Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Devon Archer.Getty Images
Comer also discussed his plan to subpoena the bank records of Hunter and his first brother James Biden, which could provide additional evidence of foreign income while also establishing whether any foreign funds flowed to Joe Biden or went to cover his expenses. maintenance.
The Oversight Chairman, who was joined by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and tax-focused Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.), added that his panel plans to hold a public hearing on the matter later. this month.
“Until we have those bank records, until we have the information in the National Archives… you basically don’t want to say, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach this and then we’ll find out’ something,” the representative told reporters. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), former chairman of the Oversight Committee, after the meeting. “You want us to know all the facts and be deliberative about it.”
Three House committee chairmen briefed their fellow Republicans on the status of the impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s alleged role in his family’s overseas businesses. AFP via Getty Images
“If everything was correct, show us the bank records, show us the credit card statements and everything will be fine,” added Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), referring to the Biden administration, “but that’s not what they are doing”. I’m going to do”.
Comer also presented some of the key findings contained in three Oversight Committee memos outlining more than $20 million in transfers from Chinese, Kazakh, Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian businessmen to Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family through his associates.
He also briefed the Republican conference on allegations of misconduct by the Justice Department in the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden, which yielded an indictment against the 53-year-old Thursday afternoon for false statements related to gun purchases.
Gary Shapley says US attorneys appointed by President Biden prevented Weiss from bringing charges against Hunter Biden in DC and Los Angeles. ZUMAPRESS.com
The member pamphlet revealed that one of the committees recently interviewed DC IRS Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon about IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley’s claim that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss said that lacked the power to bring charges, despite Attorney General Merrick Garland telling Congress otherwise.
“Waldon confirmed much of what Gary Shapley testified to the Ways and Means Committee about the October 7, 2022 prosecution team meeting he attended just as he did at the time, responding to Shapley’s report and saying: ‘you covered it all’. ” says the brochure.
“While he did not remember certain aspects of the meeting, he was unable to identify a single factual inaccuracy in Mr. Shapley’s account of the meeting. He also confirmed that he did not raise any concerns about accuracy at that time and that he agreed with the IRS’s recommendation that felony charges should be filed in the Hunter Biden case.”
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) (above) and tax-focused Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.) also spoke.Getty Images
Baltimore FBI Special Agent in Charge Tom Sobocinski told the Judiciary Committee last week that he did not recall Weiss saying he lacked decision-making power.
Shapley says U.S. attorneys appointed by Joe Biden prevented Weiss from bringing charges against Hunter Biden in D.C. and Los Angeles, resulting in a probation plea deal that Weiss approved in June before it fell apart under scrutiny. of a federal judge.
Some House Republicans told reporters after the meeting that they were still unconvinced about voting to impeach Biden, although a top GOP aide on Capitol Hill told The Post that major parties that historically hold out embrace that. result as the accusation investigations develop, pointing to nearby parties. online votes in recent proceedings.
Thursday’s impeachment update was overshadowed by bold critics of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) filing a motion to remove him from office. fake images
“If you’re selling your country to Communist China, I don’t think you should be president, and anyone who says there’s no evidence is simply not telling you the truth,” Mace said. “Text messages, emails, phone calls, meetings, flights, everything that is admissible in a court of law, and the Department of Justice and the FBI will not do their job, and there is clear evidence that they prevented this investigation. “
Thursday’s impeachment update was overshadowed by bold critics of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who filed a motion to impeach and remove him from office from office while fiscal hawks demand high spending. cuts ahead of the September 30 government funding deadline.
McCarthy announced the impeachment inquiry Tuesday after Gaetz began campaigning to potentially unseat the president.
Some House Republicans told reporters after the meeting that they were still not convinced about voting to impeach Biden. Shutterstock
The sudden launch of the investigation took many Republicans by surprise since the president said on September 1 that he would first hold a floor vote to open the investigation.
McCarthy cited evidence that Joe Biden was involved in nearly all of his relatives’ major foreign business relationships and said the president has lied several times by claiming he “never” discussed business with his family when, in fact, he had dinner and He repeatedly posed for photos with , waved in DC and abroad, and spoke on the phone with his son and his brother’s associates, according to documents from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, witness statements and other evidence.
“Through our investigations, we have discovered that President Biden lied to the American people about his own knowledge of his family’s overseas businesses,” the speaker said.
“If this were a criminal investigation, and the president had made statements to the FBI or the Department of Justice that were inaccurate as he did, he would probably be charged with perjury or making false statements to government officials,” Issa acknowledged Thursday. “And they would have a case.”
The Constitution says the House can impeach a president for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” and the decision on what qualifies is left to members of Congress; Recent impeachments include charges such as abuse of power and obstruction.