GOP launches long-promised investigation into Biden family

House Republicans opened their long-promised probe into President Joe Biden and his family on Wednesday, using the power of their new majority to demand information from the Treasury Department and former Twitter executives while laying the groundwork for public hearings.

“Now that Democrats no longer have one-party rule in Washington, comes oversight and accountability,” Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement.

The Republican-led committee sent a series of letters asking the Treasury Department for financial information about financial transactions by members of the Biden family that were flagged as suspicious activity. These reports are routine, with major financial transactions automatically reported to the government, and do not in themselves constitute evidence of wrongdoing.

Lawmakers also solicited testimony from several former Twitter executives involved in the company’s editing of an October 2020 New York Post story about Hunter Biden, the president’s younger son. Republicans say the story was suppressed for political reasons.

Having seized control of the House, Republicans are quickly preparing a chaotic, politically explosive showdown with the White House that could delve deep into the affairs of the President’s family and shape the contours of the 2024 White House race.

“In their first week as a majority in government, House Republicans failed to take meaningful action to address inflation and bring down the costs of Americans, and yet they are jumping out the gate with political stunts pushed by their faction’s most extreme MAGA members will be an attempt to draw attention to Fox News,” said Ian Sams, a White House spokesman, in a statement, referring to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.

In a statement, Maryland Assemblyman Jamie Raskin, senior oversight Democrat, echoed the sentiment in the White House, saying Democrats would work with Republicans “if they are serious about addressing issues that affect the American people.” .

The Treasury declined to comment.

Comer and other Republicans unveiled their plan to probe the Biden family the day after they won a narrow majority in November’s midterm elections. The Kentucky Republican told reporters there were “troubling questions,” particularly about the business relationships between Hunter Biden and one of the president’s brothers, James Biden, that needed further investigation.

GOP investigations into the Biden family are nothing new. Republican lawmakers and their staff analyzed news and financial transactions found on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden over the past year. But Republicans now have subpoena power in the House of Representatives, giving them the power to compel testimony and conduct far more aggressive investigations.

Republicans have debated issuing congressional subpoenas to foreign companies doing business with Hunter Biden, and they recently hired James Mandolfo, a former federal attorney, to help with the investigation as general counsel for the oversight panel.

Hunter Biden’s tax and foreign dealings are already under investigation nationwide, with a grand jury in Delaware hearing testimony in recent months. While he never held a presidential campaign position or the White House, his serving on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company and his efforts to secure deals in China have long raised questions about whether he acted in his father’s public service, including reported references in his Emails to the “big guy”.

Joe Biden said he never discussed his overseas business with his son. And there is no evidence that the federal investigation affects the president in any way.

Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Fatima Hussein contributed to this report.

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