House Oversight Committee Rejects GOP Effort to Investigate Hunter Biden



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The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday rejected a GOP effort to seek documents related to the Biden family’s international business deals, as Republicans try to lay the groundwork for an investigation into Hunter Biden under a GOP-led House.

Republicans on the committee forced a vote on the so-called “questioning resolution,” which asked the administration to turn over a wide range of documents related to the Biden family’s business dealings abroad. Democrats, however, voted down the resolution after two hours of debate on the issue. (At last count, 23 Democrats voted the resolution out of committee, while 19 Republicans voted against it.)

Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the Oversight panel, accused the Bidens of selling “access to the highest levels of government to enrich themselves” and said getting answers was imperative because of national security concerns.

“If Democrats vote against this resolution, then they are continuing a coordinated effort to shield a potentially imperiled president from necessary congressional oversight,” Comer said. “We need to shed light on the international business schemes of the Biden family to determine whether there is a threat to national security.”

Speaker Carolyn Maloney responded that the GOP’s priorities are “misplaced” and accused Republicans of trying to “smear” Biden and promote Donald Trump by targeting Biden’s relatives.

“This is a partisan effort,” said the New York Democrat, who said Republicans are “obsessed” with Hunter Biden and said the GOP abdicated all oversight responsibilities while Trump was in office.

While the resolution went nowhere, as expected, this is just the latest sign that House Republicans plan to investigate President Joe Biden’s son with investigative powers if they regain the majority this fall. Comer told CNN he wants to bring Hunter Biden before the congressional hearings committee, and Republicans have already sent dozens of letters to the administration seeking information on the matter.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and top Senate Republicans urged the Biden administration on Monday to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden, arguing it is necessary to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The letter was signed by more than 30 Senate Republicans, including McConnell, Senate GOP Whip John Thune and Sen. John Cornyn.