House Oversight Committee James Comer (R-KY) accused the Biden administration of “operating in bad faith” and obstructing his committee’s investigation into the Biden family’s finances.
Comer said in a letter to the Treasury Department revealed on Monday that the department has been suspiciously slow to respond to committee requests for Suspicious Activity Reports filed over deals members of President Joe Biden’s family made with foreign businessmen.
“During the Committee’s dialogue with Treasury, you have made several excuses for Treasury’s delay regarding this production,” Comer wrote. “Given the amount of time that has passed since our initial request and Treasury’s inability to provide a projected timeframe when the [Suspicious Activity Reports] will be produced, the Committee believes Treasury may be delaying its production to hinder our investigation and operating in bad faith.”
The Treasury Department is obstructing our investigation into the Biden family’s business schemes.
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) February 27, 2023
Last week, Isabella More, the deputy assistant secretary for oversight at the Treasury, told congressional investigators that the department must still meet with “law enforcement partners” because of the sensitivity of the documents requested by the committee. “[T]his entire process takes considerable time to complete,” More said, according to Comer’s letter.
“Treasury’s excused and delay tactics are unavailing given you have known about our requests since last year and previously produced relevant [Suspicious Activity Reports] to others,” Comer wrote.
The committee chairman said More could better explain herself in a meeting before the committee, and he invited the Treasury official to testify before the committee on March 10.
Comer’s investigation into the Biden family’s finances is one of multiple investigations House Republicans have launched in the Biden administration since taking Congress’s lower chamber in the midterm elections. Comer has taken up investigating questions about President Biden’s family’s foreign business deals as one of his primary endeavors, however.
Much of the focus of Comer’s probe is on two of Biden’s direct relatives: his son Hunter and brother James, both of whom were involved in overseas business deals in countries such as China, Turkey, and Ukraine. Comer is seeking to uncover the extent to which President Biden knew about and was involved in any of those deals.
The president has denied on numerous occasions knowing anything about his son’s overseas business dealings, though evidence found in Hunter’s abandoned laptop has suggested otherwise. A voicemail the president left his son in 2018 showed that Biden knew something of his son’s dealings; he left a message for Hunter about a New York Times story on one of Hunter’s former business partners, Chinese businessman Ye Jianming.
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