Representative James Comer, chair of the House Oversight Committee, announced Monday that he has found “six additional members” of the Biden family who “may have benefited” from Biden family business dealings; Comer vowed to continue his investigation and determine whether the Biden family dealings pose a “national security threat.”
Right, sounds like more of the same.
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On Monday, Comer and Representative Marjorie Taylor Green rolled over to the Treasury Department so they could take a look at financial records relating to the Biden family.
“Thousands of pages of financial records related to the Biden family, their companies, and associates’ business schemes were made available to members of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, which confirm the importance of this investigation,” Comer said.
Of course he did. Typically the guy running an investigation – a very high-profile and public investigation – is going to think the investigation is important. But Comer sounds a little bit like Bill Clinton, then-president, explaining that “the president is relevant.”
Typically, the more important something is, the more obvious the importance of that something is, and the less likely you are to have to articulate the importance of that something. When you say something is important, the words can often be construed to suggest otherwise, as Bill Clinton found out. What I’m getting at is that Comer’s investigation doesn’t sound very important to me and the fact that Comer has to get up there and tell you why you think his investigation should be important suggests to me that the House’s investigation is partisan petulance.
“The Biden family enterprise is centered on Joe Biden’s political career and connections, and it has generated an exorbitant amount of money or the Biden family,” Comer said.
Yeah, typically when a family features a sitting President of the United States, that family’s entire universe, business and otherwise, is going to center around that person’s political career and connections. The question here is whether Biden leveraged his various political positions to extract business concessions. Said another way, did Biden ever promise to act in his capacity as an elected official, in exchange for something family- or business-related?
That’s the question, but Comer is careful with his words, because he doesn’t have anything concrete to go there yet. Instead, Comer goes vague, talking about how the Biden family enterprise is centered on Joe Biden. Of course it is. The Obama family enterprise is centered on Barack’s political career and connections; the Trump family enterprise is centered on Donald’s political career and connections; and so on and so forth, down the line – Bush, Clinton, Ford, Carter. And while nepotism is uniquely irritating and brown-nosing undignified, cutting deals with a president or a president’s family member, on account of that person being president is not illegal – and it’s certainly not worth a full-scale House Oversight investigation.
“The Oversight Committee will continue to pursue additional bank records to follow the Bidens’ tangled web of financial transactions to determine if the Biden family has been targeted by foreign actors and if there is a national security threat,” Comer continued, adding that he would “soon provide the public with more information about what we’ve uncovered to date … The American people need transparency and accountability, and the Oversight Committee will deliver much needed answers.”
Fair enough, Jim – we’re all looking forward to that. And maybe Comer and Co. will have some shocking revelations sufficient to justify the time and resources committed to investigating Biden – but until those revelations are made, spare me.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.