January 28, 2023


Washington: House Republicans have opened their long-promised investigation into President Joe Biden and his family, wielding the power of their new majority to demand information from the Treasury Department and former Twitter executives while laying the groundwork for public hearings.

“Now that the Democrats no longer have a one-party government in Washington, oversight and accountability is drawing near,” Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement Wednesday (AEDT Thursday ).

Representative James Comer speaks to reporters as he walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.Credit:access point

The Republican-led committee sent a series of letters requesting financial information from the Treasury Department on financial transactions by members of the Biden family that were flagged as suspicious activity. Those reports are routine, with larger financial transactions automatically flagged to the government, and are not by themselves evidence of misconduct.

Lawmakers also requested testimony from several former Twitter executives who were involved in the company’s handling of an October 2020 story from the New York Post about Hunter Biden, the president’s youngest son. Republicans say that story was suppressed for political reasons.

Moving quickly after seizing control of the House, Republicans are staging a politically explosive and messy showdown with the White House that could delve into the president’s family affairs and shape the contours of the White House race in 2024.

Charging

“In their first week as a ruling majority, House Republicans have not taken any significant steps to address inflation and cut costs for Americans, but they are jumping out the door with political stunts pushed by the most extreme members of MAGA in their caucus in an effort to gain attention on Fox News,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement, referring to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.

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In a statement, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, the ranking Democrat on Oversight, echoed the sentiment of the White House, saying Democrats will work with Republicans “when they are serious about addressing the issues that affect the American people.”

The Treasury Department declined to comment.