James Comer (R-Kentucky), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated that his panel must investigate if sensitive information discovered at President Joe Biden’s home and the former office was used “to profit for his family.”
Monday at the National Press Club, Comer was questioned about Rep. Marjorie Taylor- Greene’s (R-Ga.) suggestion that Biden’s mishandling of secret materials constitutes an impeachable violation. Following a question-and-answer session with NPC Vice President Emily Wilkins, Comer stated, “It’s impeachable” if he used those records to benefit his family, but there’s no proof that this occurred. Comer expressed his belief this is something that needs to be investigated.
Comer emphasized that his committee’s probe into Biden’s confidential documents and whether members of the president’s family benefitted from his involvement were not distinct inquiries.
Comer stated that the reason he was concerned about the Biden documents is that there has to be some reason that China’s donated so much money to different Biden interests. Comer stated that he has a hard time believing that they are doing it out of generosity. Comer continued by stating that he and his Republican colleagues had “attempted to be honest about this.”
This family has earned many millions of dollars from China. If you look at the wire transfers, the money was moving from China to different LLCs and then to pay Hunter Biden and Jim Biden their consulting salary, said Comer, whose hands formed a quotation mark at the end of the sentence.
Comer stated that they would like to know the nature of that consulting. If China or anybody else pays you millions of dollars, they want a return on their investment.
Comer stated that he hopes the Oversight Committee will develop legislation addressing two significant issues: first, how papers leave the president’s office and vice president’s office at the end of an administration. Then, whether proof of influence peddling existed.
Comer stated that he and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, had committed to working on legislation following the discovery of secret materials at Biden’s home and old office in Wilmington, Delaware, and the houses of former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Initially, the records discovered at Biden’s home and old office were during his stint as vice president during the Obama administration. However, the latest stash discovered contained documents from his senate days.
Comer told Wilkins it is crucial to reform the packaging of presidential and vice presidential documents when they exit their various offices so that they do not follow them into the private sector. There’s no rush, but this must occur before this administration leaves office and before the next administration takes office, Comer said.
Comer stated that he believes this issue will be resolved by bipartisan legislative action; he feels they can all agree that a problem exists.
Comer stated that the discovery of secret materials does not show malicious intent.
According to Comer, there is an issue there. No one is being accused of purposefully stealing these materials. Comer added that he heard a large portion of what Trump disputed with the National Archives was about what was classified and what was not.
Comer said he did not have the answers; all he knows is that a problem existed. When two special counsels ostensibly investigate the same subject, there is a problem.
Comer stated that the White House has not followed through on its pledge to share the discovered secret materials with the committee.
The chairman said that the Oversight Committee, which would begin hearings the following week, will investigate how the Biden administration handled COVID expenditure, the Afghanistan military pullout, and the migrant crisis along the southern border.
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