At a news conference on Thursday, House Republicans announced the initiation of an inquiry against President Joe Biden, charging that the older Biden was “engaged” in his son Hunter’s offshore business transactions.
Republican Reps. James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio claimed, using anonymous whistleblowers, that Joe Biden was the “chairman” of the Biden family business enterprise and also controlled Hunter’s numerous and potentially illicit foreign activities.
Both representatives then continued, claiming there was proof of conspiracy to defraud the US and money laundering on the part of both Hunter and Joe Biden.
Hunter Biden presently owns a minority position in a Chinese private equity business that invested in a previously sanctioned technology company that perpetrated human rights violations against Uyghurs.
Hunter has reportedly also been the subject of a federal investigation since 2018, when he was accused of failing to pay taxes and lying on a handgun application.
The investigation was led by U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who would be the one to file the charges if it is determined such charges are appropriate.
Over 30 Senate Republicans asked US Attorney General Merrick Garland in September to award Weiss special counsel protections and authority while he continues to probe the Hunter Biden case, so as to make prosecution easier.
The request for counsel follows a September accusation by Tony Bobulinski, one of Hunter Biden’s former business colleagues, who claimed that former FBI agent Timothy Thibault sought to suppress critical information concerning the Biden family and its numerous alleged misdeeds.
In October, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa demanded that law enforcement reveal data pertaining to possible criminal activity perpetrated by Biden’s son.
It remains to be seen how much interest remains in pursuing the investigation, in light of midterm elections that saw the President’s party overperform expectations.