The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed a bank for Hunter Biden’s records, Oversight Chair James Comer has announced. The Committee obtained two wire transfers from Chinese nationals to Hunter Biden, which were sent in 2019, and listed President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home as the beneficiary address.
“The subpoena, which was quietly issued on Monday, is the first time the committee issued a subpoena to a bank for Hunter Biden’s records specifically,” CNN reported.
Comer said that the subpoena was “very specific.” Comer also emphasized that the wire transfers uncovered were the first examples of Hunter Biden receiving money directly from foreign nationals, rather than through a shell company.
“This went directly to Hunter Biden and the address listed was Joe Biden’s,” Comer claimed.
First Subpoena of its Kind
Previously, the Oversight Committee had issued six subpoenas to banks, but each of the six subpoenas had been for the records of Hunter Biden’s business associates – not for Hunter himself.
“According to the committee,” CNN reported, “the wires allegedly showed that Hunter Biden received a $10,000 wire from Wang Xin on July 26, 2019. Separately, on August 2, 2019, Hunter Biden allegedly received a $250,000 wire from Jonathan Li and Tan Ling. Both wires listed Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, as the beneficiary address.”
Hunter Biden’s camp is not impressed with Comer’s latest reveal. Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, said that the Oversight Committee’s newest allegation “evaporates in thin air the moment facts come out.” According to Lowell, Biden made a “substantial investment” in Bohai Harvest Rosemont Partners, where Li is CEO, in 2017. Lowell stated that the wire transfers, made in 2019, were for Biden to borrow the funds and use his equity as security. The wire transfers went to Joe Biden’s address because it was Hunter’s only permanent address at the time.
Also worth pointing out: Comer did not provide evidence suggesting that Joe Biden, who was not in office at the time of the transfers, ever received any of the money contained within the wire transfers.
“This was a documented loan (not a distribution or pay-out) that was wired from a private individual to his new bank account which listed the address on his driver’s license, his parents’ address, because it was his only permanent address at the time,” Lowell said in a statement. “We expect more occasions where the Republican chairs twist the truth to mislead people to promote their fantasy political agenda.”
The White House responded in kind, as well. White House spokesperson for Oversight and Investigations Ian Sams said in a statement that, “Extreme House Republicans are pushing out half-baked innuendo and conspiracy theories that yet again show no evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden, just more discredited personal attacks on him and his family, in a sad effort to distract from their chaotic inability to govern that is leading us to the brink of a dangerous government shutdown.”
The indignation from Lowell and Sams is expected and scripted – but also reasonable. House Oversight has been promising big news, big proof of corruption on behalf of Hunter and his father, for months. So far, the investigation hasn’t revealed anything of substance. Just a lot of hot air, marketed as conspiracy to a public who long ago decided how they felt about the Bidens.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor and opinion writer 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.