Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the House Oversight and House Reforms Committee, says Republicans are ready to be called outand records of his business dealings if and when they take control of the House. Comer, who will likely chair the committee, said Republicans would “proceed with an investigation of the president of the United States” related to his son’s business dealings.
The Kentucky lawmaker made the remarks in an interview with CBS News senior correspondent Kathryn Herridge on Friday as control of the House remains undecided but, CBS News estimates, is leaning toward Republicans.
“We’re ready to subpoena Hunter Biden,” Comer told Herridge. “We would certainly hope that he would want to come 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 added. “So we’re going to ask Hunter Biden to come before the committee. If he refuses, then I suspect he’ll get a subpoena.”
Comer said he believes son Biden’s business dealings abroad may have “compromised this White House.”
“As such, it is a national security concern,” Comer said. “And we take this very seriously, and we will proceed with a credible, formal investigation of the president of the United States.” Comer said there will be public hearings as part of the investigation.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Delaware has been investigating Hunter Biden since at least 2019, CBS News reported. A federal subpoena that year, obtained by CBS News, sought Hunter Biden’s bank records dating back to 2014, when Joe Biden was vice president. Investigators have been looking into whether the younger Biden owes taxes on income from a controversial stint during his father’s vice presidency as a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, according to sources familiar with the matter.
It has long been expected that Republicans would make the investigation into Hunter Biden and the Biden family a key focus if they take control of the House. Comer insisted that Republicans will also focus on kitchen-table issues, such as tackling inflation and crime.
Not all Republicans are eager to continue investigating Hunter Biden. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Thursday, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah appeared to encourage the party to avoid such hearings and instead focus on things like inflation, debt, spending and tax reform. rights and immigration. .
“Two roads diverge before this potential GOP majority,” Romney wrote Thursday. “The one ‘less traveled’ would be to pass bills that would make things better for the American people. The more tempting and historically more crowded road would be to pursue pointless investigations, messaging accounts, threats and government shutdowns.”
Comer said he thinks Republicans will end up with “somewhere around 220” seats, which would be just two more seats than Republicans need to take the majority. Such a narrow GOP majority in the House would complicate the Republican agenda, 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 run, Comer would “prefer” to wait until the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff, but said “obviously,” the former president will do whatever he wants.
“I just think the focus should be on trying to overturn the Senate,” Comer said. In addition to Georgia, there are two more Senate races to be decided, and Republicans need to win two of the three to take control of the Senate. He added that “America on the right track” means “we also need a Republican Senate.”