President Joe Biden on Friday pushed back on a Republican report that members of his family received more than $1 million in payments from China, saying it wasn’t ‘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 House Republicans released on Thursday that showed the president’s Hunter Biden, Beau Biden’s widow Hallie and other relatives of the president’s family received more than $1 million in 2017 from an associate who had entered into a business deal with a Chinese energy 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 money amid allegations he used his father’s position for personal profit.
President Joe Biden pushed back on a Republican report that members of his family received more than $1 million in payments from China
The House Oversight Committee, led by Republican Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, has obtained more than a decade of bank records through subpoenas as it investigates the Biden family.
They have zeroed in on Hunter Biden’s associate John R. Walker for questioning after poring over years’ worth of his bank records and uncovering 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 firm affiliated with CEFC China Energy, then distributed $1.3 million to accounts associated with Biden family members.
Hunter Biden and Joe’s brother Jim were the others to get a cut of the cash.
Comer wrote 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 matter and has reviewed evidence showing you received millions of dollars originating from a Chinese energy company and elsewhere.’
The House Oversight Committee has ‘invited’ Hunter Biden associate John R. Walker to come in for a transcribed interview
The White House hit back after Republicans subpoenaed bank records and released documents purporting to show that Hallie Biden received a cut of $3 million in cash from China. Beau Biden’s widow was identified on Thursday as the third member of the first family wrapped up in Rep. James Comer’s investigation into allegations they used their names to profit on business deals
The committee ‘invites you to participate in a transcribed interview with Committee staff, Comer wrote –in language that stopped short of an outright demand but which can be a prelude to a subpoena if a witness declines to comply.
Democrats fumed at 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 blasted the disclosures as old news – and said the funds transferred to Hallie Biden were part of ‘sharing expenses.’ Hunter has previously acknowledged 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 wild and baseless right-wing conspiracy,’ said the spokeswoman in a statement provided to DailyMail.com.
‘Hunter Biden, a private citizen with every right to pursue his own business endeavors, joined several business partners in seeking a joint venture with a privately-owned, legitimate energy company in China. As part of that joint venture, Hunter received his portion of good faith seed funds which he shared with his uncle, James Biden, and Hallie Biden, with whom he was involved with at the time, and sharing expenses. The accounts so dramatically listed by Rep. Comer belonged to Hunter, his uncle and Hallie – nobody else,’ said the spokeswoman.
The White House has previously denied any involvement by President Biden in his family’s business practices.
The material released by the panel did not show anything illegal or improper. But the bombshell memo shows Republicans are expanding their investigation into whether the Biden family used their names to cash in on ventures across the globe.
Hallie, who had dinner with Joe in Delaware on Friday, was married to Beau until his cancer death in 2015 and then had a relationship with Hunter from March 2017 until 2019.
The transactions cited by Comer are from 2017, after Beau’s death when Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were romantically involved.
The GOP is also investigating what, if any, services Walker or the family members provided to receive the cash from China.
In the memo DailyMail.com obtained, Comer asked ‘why Hallie Biden—publicly reported to work as a school counselor—received money from Rob Walker, the account holder who got the initial deposit from the Chinese firm.
And the Republican-run Oversight panel hit back again Friday, posting images of the financial transactions involving Robinson Walker LLC, a company set up by the Hunter Biden associate.
One shows a March 1, 2017 wire to him in the amount of $3 million. A $300,000 wire to Owasco P.C.
House Committee on 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’
The letter ‘invites’ Walker to take part in a 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 chair of House Oversight, subpoenaed bank information, says Walker’s company got $3 million from a Chinese firm in 2017
The Oversight panel tweeted: ‘Hunter Biden didn’t “share” funds as his lawyer claims. The wires came directly from Rob Walker’s company, Robinson Walker LLC, to various Biden relatives and companies, including Hallie Biden. Here are two wires 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 that the panel said got incremental payments totaling more than $1 million. Comer had also cited this unidentified person after floating a ‘third’ Biden in Fox News interviews before Hallie Biden was unmasked as the recipient of the $35,000 – a much smaller sum than went to others following the initial transfer.
The White House and House Democrats have cast the probe as a cruel investigation and pointed out that the $3 million to Walker has been known previously.
‘After a disgusting attack lamenting that the President’s deceased son Beau was never prosecuted while he was alive, Congressman Comer has now decided to go after Beau’s widow,’ White House spokesman Ian Sams told 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 deliver results for American families on important priorities like lowering costs and strengthening health care,’ he continued.
Also blasting Comer was Rep Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the Oversight panel.
‘Chairman 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 indeed any government official at all,’ 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 what the payments were for.
‘After issuing an overbroad and invasive subpoena for 14 years of financial records, Chairman Comer has issued a memo based on speculation and a handful of cherry picked facts in order to gin up new interest in a previously-reported transaction,’ said the Democratic spokesperson.
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