Republicans ready for subpoena, says Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committeeand the records of his business dealings, if he takes control of the House. Comer, who may chair the committee, said Republicans are going to “proceed with the investigation of the President of the United States” concerning his son’s business dealings.
The Kentucky congressman made the remarks Friday in an interview with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Katherine Herridge as control of the House remains undecided, but CBS News predicts Republicans have leaned.
“We are ready to tame Hunter Biden,” Comer told Herridge. “We would certainly hope that he would like to appear before the committee and clear his name.”
“What Joe Biden said is, ‘Our son is innocent.’ If I were Hunter Biden, I would want to clear my name and make some Republicans look bad,” Comer said. “So we’ll ask Hunter Biden to appear before the committee. If he refuses, I doubt he’ll receive a subpoena.”
Comer said he believes the Biden son’s business deals abroad “could compromise this White House.”
“Therefore, it is a national security concern,” Comer said. “And we take this very seriously, and we are going to proceed with a credible, formal investigation of the President of the United States.” Comer said that a public hearing will be held as part of the investigation.
The US Attorney’s office in Delaware has been investigating Hunter Biden since at least 2019, as reported by CBS News. A federal subpoena from that year, obtained by CBS News, sought the 2014 bank records of Hunter Biden, when Joe Biden was vice president. According to sources familiar with the matter, investigators are investigating whether the young Biden owed taxes on income from a controversial stint as a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, during his father’s vice-presidency.
It had long been expected that Republicans would make the investigation into Hunter Biden and the Biden family a major focus if they took control of the House. Comer stressed that Republicans would also focus on kitchen table issues such as addressing inflation and crime.
Not all Republicans are eager to pursue the Hunter Biden investigation. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah appeared to encourage the party to avoid hearings of this type, and instead, focus on inflation, debt, spending, and eligibility and immigration reform. focused on things like ,
“Two roads separate before this potential GOP majority,” Romney wrote on Thursday. “A ‘less traveler’ would be to pass bills that would make things better for the American people. A more lucrative and historically more frequent road would be to pursue pointless investigations, messaging bills, threats and government shutdowns. “
Comer said he thinks Republicans will end up with “somewhere around 220” seats, just two more seats than what Republicans need to take a majority. Such a narrow GOP majority in the House would complicate the agenda of Republicans, to put it one way. Still, Comer said, a win is a win.
If former President Donald Trump is going to announce a third presidential bid, Comer would “prefer” that he wait until after the Georgia runoff race on December 6, but said that “obviously,” the former president is going to do whatever he wants. are.
“I think the Senate needs to focus on trying to overturn it,” Comer said. In addition to Georgia, there are two more Senate races to be decided, and Republicans must win two out of three to keep control of the Senate. He added that “getting America on the right track” means “we also need a Republican Senate.”