House Republicans will hold their first hearing in the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden next Thursday – and plan to subpoena the president’s son Hunter’s and brother James’s bank records.
The GOP has accused Biden of corruption and abuse of power over his alleged links to Hunter’s foreign business deals while he was vice president.
They hope the new records will shed more light on the Biden family finances and help the next stage of the investigation.
Republicans say bank records show that Biden family and associates raked in more than $20 million from China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Romania.
There are also WhatsApp messages Hunter sent to an associate claiming Joe was in the room while they were discussing business, and damning testimony from IRS and FBI whistleblowers.
House Republicans will hold their first hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden next Thursday – and plan to subpoena son Hunter’s and brother James’s bank records
The White House insists Republicans have no evidence to back up their claims and have called the investigation a sham.
On Tuesday, the West Wing upped its attacks and claimed the Republican plan is to ‘declare guilt first, figure out the “evidence” later.’
White House spokesperson for oversight and investigations Ian Sams called the hearing a ‘political stunt’ days before an anticipated government shutdown in a statement Tuesday.
‘Extreme House Republicans are already telegraphing their plans to try to distract from their own chaotic inability to govern and the impacts of it on the country,’ said Sams.
He accused the Republicans of being more focused on ‘baseless personal attacks’ on President Biden than governing the country.
A House Oversight Committee spokesman confirmed the first hearing on September 28 to DailyMail.com.
‘The House Oversight Committee will hold its first hearing on the impeachment inquiry next Thursday, September 28.
‘The hearing will focus on constitutional and legal questions surrounding the President’s involvement in corruption and abuse of public office.
‘The Committee also intends to subpoena Hunter and James Biden’s personal and business bank records as early as this week.
‘The Oversight Committee will continue to follow the evidence and money trail to provide the transparency and accountability that Americans demand from their government.’
Last Tuesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden for his alleged connections to Hunter’s business dealings, which Republicans say is likely to have a long-term impact on his political career.
Days after the impeachment inquiry announcement, Hunter was indicted on three felony charges for lying about his crack cocaine addiction when buying a gun.
A Delaware grand jury returned three charges against him, including two counts of false statements on his gun forms, and one of possessing a firearm while addicted to illicit drugs.
The prosecution is being led by Special Counsel U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is also investigating Hunter for tax crimes connected to his foreign business dealings.
It is a shattering blow for President Joe Biden who has stood by his son and is running for reelection in 2024.
Biden is said to be worried he might die before Hunter’s legal issues are resolved – and thinks they could get even worse.
Republicans allege that Hunter is guilty of even more felonies and that Weiss’ indictment on just the gun charges is insufficient.
The maximum time in prison would be 25 years total if he is convicted on all of the counts, although federal sentences are usually less than the maximum. Hunter could also be slapped with a max $250,000 fine and three years probation.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., who is leading an investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings, reacted to the indictment saying the charges are a ‘very small start.’
‘Unless U.S. Attorney Weiss investigates everyone involved in the fraud schemes and influence peddling, it will be clear President Biden’s DOJ is protecting Hunter Biden and the big guy,’ he continued.
Earlier this summer, the president’s son had reached a deal after the five-year investigation that would have allowed him to avoid trial for the firearms charges if he abided by parole conditions over 24 months.
Republicans in Washington complained that the president’s son had gotten himself a ‘sweetheart deal’ designed to protect President Biden.
However, the plea deal spectacularly fell apart in court in July, opening Hunter up to new charges.
Judge Maryellen Noreika questioned the ‘diversion agreement’ of Hunter’s plea deal – a clause that gave him blanket immunity for a wide range of other potential charges, including illegal foreign lobbying – killing the deal.
In August, Attorney General Merrick Garland elevated Weiss to special counsel status after increased scrutiny.
Garland’s decision to promote Weiss came after IRS whistleblower allegations that Hunter received ‘special treatment’ during the criminal probe.
IRS agents Joe Ziegler and Gary Shapley testified under oath to House Republicans that their investigation into the president’s son ‘supported felony and misdemeanor tax charges,’ which were ultimately not brought against Hunter due to political pressures.
Weiss tried to bring felony charges against him in Washington, D.C., they said, but was blocked by the district’s top federal prosecutor Matthew Graves, a Biden appointee.
The ‘special treatment’ for Hunter became a pattern that kept happening, said the whistleblowers, who were told they would get in ‘hot water’ if they tried to speak with President Joe Biden’s adult children and grandchildren over the course of their investigation.
Shapley also shared handwritten notes from a meeting from October 2022 in which he quoted Weiss saying he was ‘not the deciding person’ on charging Hunter Biden with tax crimes, raising questions about potential improper handling of the case by DOJ.
Hunter’s legal team sued IRS whistleblowers Shapley and Ziegler yesterday, alleging they illegally made his tax information public.
The president’s son is seeking all the documents involving the disclosure of his tax information, $1,000 for each unauthorized disclosure and attorneys fees.
The GOP has accused Biden of corruption and abuse of power over his alleged links to Hunter’s foreign business deals while he was vice president
Republicans plan to subpoena son Hunter’s and brother James’s bank records
The White House and the president himself have maintained that he has never been involved in Hunter’s business dealings
The collapse of Hunter Biden’s original plea deal also presented more problems for his father, Joe Biden.
As part of the GOP-led probe, they spoke with Hunter’s ex-business partner Devon Archer, who testified that President Biden was in fact aware of his son’s dealings and sat in on at least 20 calls and multiple dinners with his son’s business partners.
Additionally, Republican have uncovered over a dozen shell companies that Hunter and at least 12 members of the Biden family used to funnel in foreign money.
Joe Biden also used various private email addresses from which he would sometimes send, receive and forward government correspondence according to emails found on Hunter Biden’s now-infamous laptop.
‘Robin Ware,’ ‘Robert L. Peters’ and ‘JRB ware’ were three pseudonyms used on emails that were about both official and family business.
The president is now facing more headlines and questions involving his drug-addict son’s case as he hits the 2024 campaign trail.
The White House and the president himself have maintained that he has never been involved in Hunter’s business dealings.
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