House Republicans pushed a memo Wednesday alleging an energy company linked to the Chinese Communist Party previously funneled more than $1 million in payments to at least three family members of President Joe Biden.
Investigations from the House Oversight Committee claim a recent subpoena of bank records from John Robinson Walker, a Biden family associate, and his company Robinson Walker, LLC used his business to transfer money from the Chinese State Energy HK Limited, a firm affiliated with CEFC China Energy, to Biden family members, including the Hunter Biden (son), James Biden (brother), Hallie Biden (daughter-in-law), and a fourth “unknown Biden” from 2015 to 2017.
According to the New York Post bombshell report on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, he and the president’s brother James earned at least $4.8 million from the CEFC China Energy between 2017 and 2018.
“The Committee is concerned about the national security implications of a President’s or Vice President’s immediate family members receiving millions of dollars from foreign nationals or companies without any oversight,” the memo reads from the office of committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY). “Current financial disclosure laws and regulations do not require non-dependent family members to provide any information to the public.”
Comer’s office published the memo amid the chairman making rounds in the media circuit, saying the new evidence of influence peddling runs deep into President Biden’s family tree.
“At the end of this, I think we’re gonna see there are probably six or seven Biden family members that were involved in various business schemes around the world,” Comer told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday night.
According to the memo, less than two months after then-Vice President Biden left office under the Obama administration in 2017, the Chinese state energy company wired $3 million to Robinson Walker, LLC. However, Walker’s business allegedly only had a balance of $159,000 at the time of the transfer.
Following the wire, the committee memo says Walker’s company transferred on March 1, 2017, $1,065,000 to European Energy and Infrastructure Group (EEIG) in Abu Dhabi, which is affiliated with James Gilliar, a business partner of Hunter Biden that has been previously involved in other foreign transactions dealing with the Biden family. Gilliar’s affiliated company allegedly received roughly the same $1,065,000 on March 2, 2017.
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Less than a week later, Biden family members and their companies began receiving incremental payments over a period of approximately three months, the memo claims.
On November 5, 2015, the memo says that Walker’s LLC received nearly $180,000 from an unknown company with an overseas bank account. It adds that Walker transferred $59,900 from the business account to his personal checking account the next day, which went to a bank account for “Robert Biden” three days later.
Committee members say the new evidence involving Walker’s company and Biden family financial records raises concerns about the timing of the Chinese energy company wiring $3 million after Biden left office in 2017.
It is unclear if Biden family members provided services to the Chinese energy company, however, the questions of why an unknown holder for the “Biden” bank account received $70 million in payments or Hallie Biden received nearly $25,000 from the LLC while she worked as a school counselor remains.
Hallie Biden is the widow of the president’s late son Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. She began dating Hunter Biden from around 2016 to 2019.
“The American people deserve transparency into the extent of the Biden family’s influence peddling, and we intend to deliver legislation that will preclude family members from capitalizing on their relatives’ public office,” the memo reads.
White House spokesman Ian Sams dismissed the committee’s findings as an “attack” on the president’s family members.
“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,” Sams said, according to The New York Post. “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.”
President Biden has denied having involvement in the business dealings of his son Hunter and brother James. Federal prosecutors are investigating Hunter Biden over his foreign business dealings in countries such as China and Ukraine, tax affairs, and more.
Though Hunter Biden has said he expects to be cleared of wrongdoing, Republicans have raised concerns about influence peddling, especially any that may include the president, spurred in part by findings on an abandoned laptop.
“What we’re finding out . . . is this Biden family business scheme involved a lot of members of the Biden family, none of whom had any experience in Chinese energy or Ukrainian energy deals,” Comer told Fox Business on Thursday morning.
Comer said he is so far familiar with about 12 or 13 transactions, and his team plans to request more bank records. “We’re making a lot of progress in this investigation, and it doesn’t look good for the Biden family,” he added.
Hunter Biden’s legal team defended the pay-outs in a statement to Fox News.
“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,” a spokesperson for Biden’s legal team said.
Daniel Chaitin contributed to this report.