A powerful Republican House committee chairman said on Saturday that his panel will be bringing in additional new witnesses in an ongoing and widening probe into alleged Biden family influence peddling.
In an interview with Fox News host Mark Levin, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who heads up the House Oversight Committee, blamed “the deep state bureaucracies” for turning a “blind eye” to what he has claimed is a years-long effort by the first family to enrich itself off Joe Biden’s name.
Nevertheless, he said, the committee has managed to make some progress despite major pushback from President Biden’s administration.
“Our job in the House Oversight Committee is to follow the money. And we have more bank records coming in. We’re gonna start bringing in key figures in the Biden family influence-peddling schemes for depositions,” Comer told Levin.
“I think we’ve done as much as we could do with the obstacles we’ve had to overcome,” Comer added. “No one thought I would get bank records. No one thought we would get access to the Treasury, and Cabinet’s suspicious activity reports, but we would not take no for an answer.”
Earlier this month, the FBI caved to subpoena demands from Comer and agreed to allow members of his panel to read the FD-1023 informant file that is believed to have alleged President Biden participated in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme during his vice presidency.
For weeks, the bureau had resisted his demands, publicly warning that the informant file contained “unverified reporting by a confidential human source.” Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) claimed they were tipped off about its existence by a whistleblower.
Republicans who have reviewed the file assert that it contains information about two separate transactions, each worth $5 million. These transactions allegedly involve payments to both Joe Biden and his son Hunter, made by Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings. According to the claims, the payments were part of a scheme aimed at pressuring Ukraine to remove a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma. At the time, Hunter Biden served on Burisma’s board of directors, The Post noted.
Comer went on to say that the FBI’s excuses for refusing to hand over subpoenaed documents only further reinforce his claim that the bureau and other agencies are attempting to protect the Bidens.
He also asserted that both the DOJ and the FBI lack transparency with the American people, citing their inconsistent excuses as evidence.
“You heard in the testimony when Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley grilled the deputy FBI director as to why they wouldn’t release the Form 1023, they said, ‘Well, we don’t want to endanger the life of our paid informant who’s one of our most trusted, highest paid, most credible FBI informants,’” Comer told Levin.
“If this is the case — and the FBI informant [is] credible and the FBI informant tells the FBI that the vice president of the United States took a bribe from a foreign national in exchange for foreign policy and foreign aid — then why did the FBI not investigate it?” Comer said.
Earlier in the week, Comer said that Biden is currently under investigation for bribery by the FBI.
During an interview on “Sunday Night in America,” Comer and host Trey Gowdy discussed the ongoing House Republican investigation into Biden and his family’s alleged business dealings. Comer said the FBI told him that Biden is “currently under investigation for bribery.”
Comer spoke about the unclassified FD-1023 FBI form alleging that then-Vice President Biden was involved in a bribery pay-to-play scheme.
Comer said FBI Director Christopher Wray “finally” admitted to the existence of that form after Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley said they read the document, reportedly sourced from a whistleblower.