March 29, 2024

Biden Invited to Impeachment Hearing Over Role in Family Business

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer has extended an invitation to President Biden to testify in the Republican impeachment inquiry probing alleged corruption.

Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, penned a seven-page letter to Biden, asserting that evidence suggests he has "been repeatedly untruthful" regarding his purported lack of involvement with his son Hunter and brother James' overseas business associates during and after his vice presidency.

"I invite you to participate in a public hearing at which you will be afforded the opportunity to explain, under oath, your involvement with your family’s sources of income and the means it has used to generate it," Comer wrote Thursday. "The Committee is open to accommodating your schedule but proposes April 16, 2024, for the hearing to occur."

Biden, 81, has consistently denied any association with his relatives' business dealings, despite evidence indicating otherwise.

Republicans argue that Hunter, now 54, and James, now 75, leveraged their familial ties to gain access in countries where Biden wielded influence over US policy.

In addition to the invitation for testimony, Comer requested Biden to respond in writing to 10 specific questions concerning his connections to his family's foreign business associates.

"Hunter Biden contradicted his father’s denials by confirming several interactions during his own Feb. 28 testimony before the impeachment inquiry," the letter stated. Hunter acknowledged that his father dined with his business associates from Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine at Washington's Café Milano restaurant in 2014 and 2015.

The letter also referenced interactions between Joe Biden and individuals linked to Chinese government-backed ventures. Biden reportedly met with Jonathan Li, the incoming CEO of Chinese state-backed fund BHR Partners, in 2013.

Former Biden family associate Rob Walker testified that Biden met with CEFC China Energy Chairman Ye Jianming at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington in early 2017, shortly after leaving office as vice president.

Republicans have raised concerns about the financial transactions involving the Bidens and their associates, including a $3 million transfer from CEFC to a consortium of Biden family associates in March 2017, and a $40,000 payment from James Biden to Joe Biden in September 2017.

The invitation comes amid ongoing scrutiny over the Biden family's business dealings, with Republicans pressing for further investigation into potential conflicts of interest and ethical concerns.

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