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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) laid out the evidence against President Joe Biden and accused the president of lying about his family’s foreign business dealings in a Tuesday letter to his colleagues detailing why he had launched an impeachment inquiry.
“Through our investigations, we have found that President Biden lied to the American people about knowledge of his family’s foreign business dealings,” McCarthy wrote in the letter.
The inquiry will be headed up by Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY), Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO).
In the letter, McCarthy discussed the key findings of the investigations into Biden, including that lawmakers had heard eyewitness testimony that said Biden was present on phone calls with Hunter Biden and Hunter’s business associates.
“For example, Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner, testified that Joe Biden spoke or met with Hunter Biden’s business associates around 20 times, and that after meeting with President Biden, foreign nationals sent Hunter Biden millions of dollars, and bought him a Porsche,” McCarthy wrote.
This testimony contradicts Biden’s long-standing claim that he never discussed business with Hunter.
McCarthy also pointed to bank records that House Republicans say show almost $20 million in payments from shell companies to the Biden family. Biden family banking transactions were also flagged at least 150 times by U.S. banks for possible “suspicious activity.”
The letter also pointed out that lawmakers had heard from a “trusted” FBI informant who discussed alleged bribes to the Biden family.
“There is also evidence that Biden used his official office to coordinate with Hunter Biden’s business partner about Hunter’s role in Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company,” McCarthy said.
House Republicans are currently looking into why the State Department changed its “perception” of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who initially appeared to please U.S. officials over his anti-corruption efforts before he was fired after pressure from then-Vice President Joe Biden. Shokin was in part brought on to investigate corruption allegations at Burisma, where Hunter was a board member.
McCarthy said that House investigators were also working to gain access to thousands of emails purportedly sent by Biden under a pseudonym from the National Archives.
“These allegations should concern every American, regardless of political party,” McCarthy wrote. “Taken together, they paint a picture of a culture of corruption, obstruction, and abuse of power that rises to the level of formal investigation.”
The House speaker said that Republicans would go wherever the facts led and that there would be a conference on Thursday with Jordan, Comer, and Smith to discuss the inquiry.
“Simply put, the American people deserve to know that public offices are not for sale and that the federal government is not being used to cover up the actions of a politically-connected family.”