President Joe Biden hit back on a Republican report on Friday that members of his family had 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 released Thursday by House Republicans that found that the president’s Hunter Biden, Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie and other members of the president’s family received more than $1 million in 2017 from an associate who entered into a business deal with a Chinese energy supplier. company.
The findings were part of an investigation by the House GOP into Hunter Biden’s business dealings and how the presidential son made his living amid allegations that he used his father’s position for personal gain.
President Joe Biden opposed a Republican report that members of his family had received more than $1 million in payments from China
The House Oversight Committee, led by Republican James Comer of Kentucky, has obtained more than a decade of banking records through subpoenas as it investigates the Biden family.
They’ve taken John R. Walker, an associate of Hunter Biden, for questioning after years of digging through his bank records and discovering a $35,000 payment to Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow.
The GOP findings stated that Walker received a $3 million wire transfer from Chinese State Energy HK Limited, a company affiliated with CEFC China Energy, and then distributed $1.3 million to accounts related to Biden’s family members.
Hunter Biden and Joe’s brother Jim were the others who got a share of the money.
Comer wrote to Walker that the panel is “investigating President Biden’s involvement in his family’s business practices” and “has 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’.
The House Oversight Committee has ‘invited’ Hunter Biden associate John R. Walker for a transcribed interview
The White House hit back after Republicans subpoenaed bank records and released documents showing Hallie Biden had received a $3 million cash rebate from China. Beau Biden’s widow was identified Thursday as the third member of the first family embroiled in Rep.’s investigation. James Comer to allegations that they used their name to profit from business deals
The commission “invites you to participate in a transcribed interview with commission staff,” Comer wrote — in language that stopped at an outright demand, but could be a prelude to a subpoena if a witness refuses to comply.
Democrats were furious with 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 — saying the money transferred to Hallie Biden was part of “expenditure sharing.” Hunter has previously acknowledged that he was in a relationship with her at the time.
“Here we go again as Rep. Comer is taking something old and trying to make it new by wrapping it in a wild and baseless right-wing conspiracy,” the spokeswoman said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
Hunter Biden, a private individual with every right to pursue his own business endeavors, joined several business partners in seeking a joint venture with a private, legitimate energy company in China. As part of that joint venture, Hunter received his share of the seed capital funds in good faith that he shared with his uncle, James Biden, and Hallie Biden, with whom he was involved at the time, and shared the cost. The accounts that Rep. Comer so dramatically listed belonged to Hunter, his uncle and Hallie – nobody else’s,” 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 to whether the Biden family used their name to monetize ventures around the world.
Hallie, who had dinner with Joe in Delaware on Friday, was married to Beau until his death from cancer in 2015 and then dated Hunter from March 2017 to 2019.
The transactions cited by Comer date back to 2017, after Beau’s passing when Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were romantically involved.
The GOP is also investigating what services Walker or the family members provided to receive the money from China.
In the note DailyMail.com, Comer asked “why Hallie Biden – who publicly reported working as a school counselor – received money from Rob Walker, the account holder who received the initial deposit from the Chinese company.
And the Republican-run Oversight panel hit back again Friday, posting images of the financial transactions involving Robinson Walker LLC, a company founded by the Hunter Biden associate.
One shows a wire transfer dated March 1, 2017 to him in the amount of $3 million. A $300,000 wire to Owasco PC
Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Committee Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) called it an investigation into “President Biden’s involvement in his family’s business practices”
The letter “invites” Walker to participate in a transcribed interview
Hallie Biden, seen here with Beau Biden, received according to Rep. James Comer $35,000 from Biden associate John Robinson Walker. Comer, who subpoenaed bank records as chairman of House Oversight, says Walker’s company got $3 million from a Chinese company in 2017
The Oversight panel tweeted: “Hunter Biden has not “shared” money as his lawyer claims. The wires came directly from Rob Walker’s company, Robinson Walker LLC, to several of Biden’s family members and companies, including Hallie Biden. Here are two wires to James and Hunter Biden’s businesses.”
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 incremental payments totaling more than $1 million. Comer had also quoted this unidentified person after bringing up a “third” Biden in Fox News interviews before Hallie Biden was exposed as the recipient of the $35,000 — a much smaller amount than went to others after the initial transfer .
The White House and House Democrats have portrayed the investigation as a brutal one, pointing out that the $3 million to Walker was previously known.
“Following a disgusting attack complaining that the president’s late son, Beau, was never prosecuted in his lifetime, Congressman Comer has now decided to go after Beau’s widow,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said this week. in a statement to DailyMail.com.
Instead of outlandishly attacking the president’s family, maybe House Republicans should focus on working with the president to deliver results for American families on key priorities like cutting costs and strengthening health care,” he continued.
Comer was also defeated by Representative Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the Oversight panel.
“Chairman Comer’s memo proved once again that, after four years of Senate and House Republican investigations into Hunter Biden, they have found no connection to the President of the United States or even any government official,” Raskin said in a statement. declaration.
An Oversight Democrats spokesperson accused Comer of giving the false “impression” that Hallie Biden was involved in getting money out of China by failing to record another transaction, albeit without providing information about what the payments were for.
“After an overly broad and invasive subpoena covering 14 years of financial data, Chairman Comer has issued a memo based on speculation and a handful of picked facts to spark new interest in a previously reported transaction,” the Democratic spokesman said. .