House Republicans on Thursday morning are set to hold their first impeachment inquiry public hearing, where they will present all evidence uncovered to date as part of their investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings while examining ‘the value’ of the inquiry.
The House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., will ‘examine the value of an impeachment inquiry and present evidence House Republicans have uncovered to date regarding President Joe Biden’s knowledge of and role in his family’s domestic and international business practices,’ according to the panel. The hearing is to begin at 10 a.m.
Bruce Dubinsky, a forensic accountant with decades of experience in financial investigations and consulting – and who the committee says has testified in more than 80 trials, including trials that involved financial fraud – will testify, along with former Assistant Attorney General Eileen O’Connor, who served in the Department of Justice Tax Division.
Law professor and Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley, who testified in the Clinton and Trump impeachments, will also testify.
‘The House Oversight and Accountability Committee has uncovered a mountain of evidence revealing how Joe Biden abused his public office for his family’s financial gain,’ Comer is expected to say in his opening statement. ‘For years, President Biden has lied to the American people about his knowledge of and participation in his family’s corrupt business schemes.’
‘Evidence reveals that then-Vice President Joe Biden spoke, dined, and developed relationships with his family’s foreign business targets. These business targets include foreign oligarchs who sent millions of dollars to his family,’ Comer is expected to say. ‘It also includes a Chinese national who wired a quarter of a million dollars to his son.’
Comer was referring to subpoenaed Hunter Biden financial records, which revealed he received two wires originating from Beijing and linked to BHR Partners in 2019.
Fox News Digital first reported that Hunter Biden received the wire payments, which originated in Beijing, for more than $250,000 from Chinese business partners during the summer of 2019 — wires that listed the Delaware home of Joe Biden as the beneficiary address for the funds.
The White House declined to comment.
‘To date, the House Oversight Committee has uncovered how the Bidens and their associates created over 20 shell companies and raked in over $24 million dollars,’ Comer will say, adding that the committee has also ‘identified nine members of the Biden family who have participated in or benefited from these business schemes.’
‘What were the Bidens selling to make all this money? Joe Biden himself,’ Comer will say. ‘The American people demand accountability for this culture of corruption.’
Comer is expected to say that the American people ‘demand to know how these schemes have compromised President Biden and threaten our national security,’ and ‘demand safeguards to be put in place to prevent public officials from selling access to their public office for private gain..’
‘Today, the House Oversight Committee will examine over two dozen pieces of evidence revealing Joe Biden’s corruption and abuse of public office,’ Comer will explain. ‘This includes e-mails, text messages, bank records, and testimony of Biden business associates.’
The House of Representatives formally launched the impeachment inquiry this month – something Comer said Congress had a duty to do while stressing that Americans ‘demand and deserve answers, transparency and accountability’ for Biden’s alleged corruption and ‘abuse of public office.’
Biden faces accusations that he was involved in foreign business deals set up by his son, Hunter Biden, who allegedly promised his father would use his public office to grant favors in exchange for payments.
The White House maintains that President Biden was ‘never in business with his son.’
White House officials, though, have blasted House Republicans for the impeachment inquiry, calling it an ‘evidence-free’ probe and a ‘political stunt.’ The White House is also slamming GOP lawmakers for holding the hearing just days before the government runs out of funding.
Congress is currently negotiating a continuing resolution to extend the current year’s funding, but without passing a deal by Sept. 30, they risk sending the government into a partial shutdown.
‘Extreme House Republicans are already telegraphing their plans to try to distract from their own chaotic inability to govern and the impact of it on the country,’ White House spokesperson Ian Sams told Fox News Digital.
‘Staging a political stunt hearing in the waning days before they shut down the government reveals their true priorities: to them, baseless personal attacks on President Biden are more important than preventing a government shutdown and the pain it would inflict on American families,’ Sams said.
The hearing will be the first since House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., formalized an impeachment inquiry last week. McCarthy directed Comer and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, along with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., to lead the investigation.