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GOP Oversight Chairman Comer vows to subpoena the Biden family

Comer's promise follows a Republican-led investigation that has largely focused on Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings but shown no direct links to the president.
Hunter Biden and Joe Biden at Fort McNair in Washington
Hunter Biden and Joe Biden at Fort McNair in Washington on June 25. Andrew Harnik / AP file

WASHINGTON — House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, who is leading the investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, said Thursday his panel plans to subpoena members of the Biden family, including possibly President Joe Biden.

“This is always going to end with the Bidens coming in front of the committee. We are going to subpoena the family,” Comer, R-Ky., said in an appearance on Fox Business

“Obviously, with all the opposition and obstruction we’re getting from the Biden attorneys now, we know that this is going to end up in court when we subpoena the Bidens,” he continued. “So we’re putting together a case, and I think we’ve done that very well.”

Comer said that had he issued a subpoena for Joe and Hunter Biden on his first day as Oversight chairman, a judge would have thrown it out. But after months of investigations, he argued, his team has put together a case that “would stand up in any court of law in America.”

Comer released a third memo Wednesday detailing bank records that show Hunter Biden and his associates received millions of dollars from foreign entities while his father was vice president — a fact that has been known for years. The White House and congressional Democrats point out that none of the records or the new memo demonstrate that Joe Biden was involved in his son’s business transactions.

“Comer and his fellow extreme Republicans in Congress are now admitting they haven’t uncovered any proof of involvement or wrongdoing by President Biden,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement. “They simply will continue to spread innuendo and lies as they pursue a baseless impeachment stunt to attack the President.”

Rep. James Comer, R-KY, speaks as Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic oversight hearing on CDC policies and decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2023.
Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., on June 13.Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images file

In fact, one of the GOP’s lead witnesses in the probe, Hunter Biden's business partner Devon Archer, testified last week that he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by Joe Biden, that he isn’t aware of Joe Biden’s having taken official policy actions to benefit his son and that he never overheard the Bidens discussing business during phone calls or dinners.

However, Archer said he believed Hunter Biden was selling his foreign business partners the Biden “brand” and the “illusion of access” to his then-vice president father. Last month, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to two charges of failing to pay federal taxes related to his business dealings.

Asked by Fox host Maria Bartiromo how soon Joe and Hunter Biden might be subpoenaed, Comer said his committee is still working on interviewing more witnesses. 

“We want to talk to about three or four more associates. We’ve been communicating with a couple of them. We’re trying to bring them in just like we did Devon Archer for a transcribed interview,” Comer said. “If they don’t come in voluntarily, then they’ll be subpoenaed. So this is taking a lot longer.”

Comer also acknowledged that it would be “very difficult” to get the president to agree to be interviewed by the committee, noting that former President Donald Trump blew off a subpoena by the special House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

“I know how hard the Democrats tried to get Donald Trump, so this is very difficult,” Comer said. “This has been an uphill battle from Day 1. That’s why our strategy was always to follow the money.”