The GOP Is Slim Up Its Probe Into the Biden Family

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Republicans on the The House Oversight Committee has issued six subpoenas for financial records belonging to the members of the Biden family, according to a memo obtained by Politico.

The news of the subpoenas — which were issued to various banks and a business associate of Hunter Biden — comes as the GOP seeks to escalate its dubious probe into allegations of influence peddling against the president and his family, and just days after former President Donald Trump was arrested and arranged in New York City.

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The memo, sent by ranking member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) to other Democrats on the committee, accuses Committee Chair Rep. Jim Comer (R-Ky.) of issuing the subpoenas “based on information Committee Republicans know to be false.”

“To date, Chairman Comer has issued six subpoenas and sent 39 letters in the Biden family investigation alone. Notably, Mr. Comer has failed to issue a single document subpoena in any other Committee investigating this Congress. This significant use of resources duplicates efforts by Senate Republicans in the 116th Congress, which, after three years, has failed to reveal any wrongdoing by President Biden,” wrote Raskin.

Additionally, “in a break with long-standing Committee precedent, Chairman Comer has issued these subpoenas privately, refusing to provide the Minority proper notice before issuance,” wrote Raskin. The Maryland congressman pointed to Comer’s stalling of several other investigations involving members of Trump’s administration and their business dealings, in favor of digging for dirt on the Biden family.

Comer went on Fox News to defend his decision to deny Democrats access to witnesses and whistleblowers called to testify, arguing that “Democrats have attempted to undermine the committee’s investigation into the Biden family’s business schemes at every turn.”

Comer has been hell-bent on finding a way to penalize the Bidens for businesses being conducted abroad. In the aftermath of Trump’s indictment, Comer suggested to Fox News that the charges were an intentional distraction from his own investigation into Biden and his son Hunter’s finances.

While Hunter Biden has pursued business relationships with Chinese companies, Comer and Trump’s political allies have so far failed to muster substantial evidence of criminality. Regardless, Trump is still pushing for results. As previously reported by Rolling Stone, advisers close to the former president are urging congressional Republicans to move forward with criminal referrals against the Bidens as payback for the indictment against him.

The please have not gone unnoticed on the other side of the aisle. As Raskin wrote to his fellow Democrats, “their actions reveal that their real purpose is to do former President Trump’s bidding by damaging President Biden politically while bolstering the former President’s reelection.”

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