On Friday, President Joe Biden pushed back against a Republican report that his family members received more than $1 million in payments from China, saying it was not “true”.
“That’s not true,” Biden said when asked about it as he left the White House to spend the weekend at his home in Wilmington, Del.
He was responding to a report by House Republicans released Thursday that showed President Hunter Biden, Beau Biden’s widow Hallie and others close to the president’s family received more than $1 million in 2017 from a partner who had entered into a commercial agreement with a Chinese energy company. business.
The findings were part of a House GOP investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings and how the presidential son earned his money amid allegations that he used his father’s position for profit. personal.
President Joe Biden has pushed back against a Republican report that his family members received more than $1 million in payments from China
The House Oversight Committee, led by Republican Representative James Comer of Kentucky, obtained more than a decade of bank documents through subpoenas while investigating the Biden family.
They zeroed in on Hunter Biden associate John R. Walker for questioning after reviewing his bank statements for years and uncovering a $35,000 payment to Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow.
The GOP findings indicate that Walker received a $3 million wire transfer from Chinese State Energy HK Limited, an affiliate of CEFC China Energy, and then distributed $1.3 million to accounts associated with members of the Biden family.
Hunter Biden and Joe’s brother Jim were the others to get a share of the money.
Comer wrote to Walker that the panel was “investigating President Biden’s involvement in his family’s business practices” and “identified you as a critical witness in this case and reviewed evidence showing that you received millions of dollars from a Chinese energy company and elsewhere”.
House Oversight Committee ‘invited’ Hunter Biden associate John R. Walker to come in for transcribed interview
The White House hit back after Republicans subpoenaed bank records and released documents purporting to show Hallie Biden received a $3 million cash cut from China. Beau Biden’s widow was identified Thursday as the third member of the first family as part of Rep. James Comer’s investigation into allegations they used their name to profit from business deals.
The committee “invites you to participate in a transcribed interview with committee staff,” Comer wrote — in language that stops at an outright request but can be a prelude to a subpoena if a witness refuses to comply with.
Democrats railed against Comer’s public campaign Thursday, with the White House calling it an “attack” on the president’s daughter-in-law.
A spokesperson for Hunter Biden’s legal team called the revelations old news – and said the funds transferred to Hallie Biden were part of “expense sharing”. Hunter previously admitted he was in a relationship with her at the time.
“Here we go again as Rep Comer takes something old and tries to make it new by wrapping it in a savage and baseless right-wing conspiracy,” the spokeswoman said in a statement provided to DailyMail.com .
“Hunter Biden, a private citizen with every right to pursue his own business activities, has joined several business partners in seeking a joint venture with a legitimate private energy company in China. As part of this joint venture, Hunter received his share of good faith start-up funds which he shared with his uncle, James Biden, and Hallie Biden, with whom he was involved at the time, and shared the expenses. The accounts listed so dramatically by Rep. Comer belonged to Hunter, his uncle and Hallie – no one else,” the spokeswoman said.
The White House has previously denied any involvement by President Biden in his family’s business practices.
The material released by the panel showed nothing illegal or inappropriate. But the bombshell memo shows Republicans are expanding their investigation into whether the Biden family used their names to profit from businesses around the world.
Hallie, who had dinner with Joe in Delaware on Friday, was married to Beau until his death from cancer in 2015, then dated Hunter from March 2017 to 2019.
The transactions cited by Comer date from 2017, after Beau died when Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were romantically involved.
The GOP is also investigating what services, if any, Walker or family members provided to receive the money from China.
In the memo obtained by DailyMail.com, Comer asked “why Hallie Biden – who has publicly stated that she works as a school counselor – received money from Rob Walker, the account holder who received the initial deposit from the Chinese company. “.
And the Republican-led oversight panel retaliated again on Friday, releasing footage of the financial dealings involving Robinson Walker LLC, a company set up by Hunter Biden’s associate.
One shows him a transfer from March 1, 2017 for $3 million. A transfer of $300,000 to Owasco PC
House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) Called it an investigation into “President Biden’s involvement in his family’s business practices.”
Letter ‘invites’ Walker to participate in transcribed interview
Hallie Biden, seen here with Beau Biden, received $35,000 from Biden associate John Robinson Walker, according to Rep. James Comer. Comer, who as chairman of House Oversight subpoenaed banking information, claims Walker’s company got $3 million from a Chinese firm in 2017
The monitoring panel tweeted: ‘Hunter Biden did not “share” the funds as his lawyer claims. The leads came directly from Rob Walker’s company, Robinson Walker LLC, to various Biden relatives and companies, including Hallie Biden. Here are two leads to James and Hunter Biden’s companies.
A second image showed a $25,000 transfer to Hallie Biden on March 20, 2017.
Oversight also flagged payments to an “unknown” Biden who the panel said received additional payments totaling more than $1 million. Comer had also quoted this unidentified person after tossing a “third” Biden in Fox News interviews before Hallie Biden was unmasked as the recipient of the $35,000 – a much smaller sum than was paid to the others after the initial transfer.
The White House and House Democrats have touted the investigation as a cruel investigation and pointed out that Walker’s $3 million was already known.
“After a disgusting attack lamenting that the President’s deceased son, Beau, was never prosecuted while alive, Congressman Comer has now decided to prosecute Beau’s widow,” the House spokesperson said. Blanche, Ian Sams, to DailyMail.com in a statement this week.
“Instead of bizarrely attacking the President’s family, perhaps House Republicans should focus on working with the President to get results for American families on important priorities like cutting costs and strengthening health care,” he continued.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat in the watchdog group, also lambasted Comer.
“President Comer’s memo proved once again that after four years of investigations by Senate and House Republicans into Hunter Biden, they have found no connection to the President of the United States or even with no government official,” Raskin said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Oversight Democrats accused Comer of giving the false ‘impression’ that Hallie Biden was involved in getting money from China by failing to note another transaction, although without providing information on the purpose of the payments.
“After issuing an overbroad and invasive subpoena for 14 years of financial records, Chairman Comer has released a memo based on speculation and a handful of selected facts to spur new interest in a previously reported transaction,” he said. said the Democratic spokesperson. .