Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that House Republicans’ investigation into the business dealings of the Biden family will not be slowed down by Hunter Biden’s recent plea deal on tax and gun charges.
McCarthy criticized what he describes as a two-tiered justice system, suggesting that political opponents of the president face harsher treatment from the Department of Justice (DOJ) than the president’s family members.
During a press conference, McCarthy stated that Hunter Biden’s plea deal should actually enhance the GOP’s investigation since the DOJ should no longer be able to withhold information under the pretext of an ongoing investigation.
He called for the DOJ to provide any required information to House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer.
Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty to tax crimes and reached a diversion agreement related to the unlawful possession of a weapon. However, there seems to be a discrepancy between Hunter Biden’s attorney’s understanding that the matter was resolved and the statement from U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss’s office, which stated that the investigation is still ongoing.
McCarthy later suggested that the DOJ’s claims of an ongoing investigation are an attempt to withhold information from the House. He expressed his strong disagreement with this approach, emphasizing that Hunter Biden cannot plead guilty, avoid jail time, and then refuse to provide documents to the U.S. House of Representatives. McCarthy firmly stated that this will not stand and will not work.
When asked about future Republican investigations, McCarthy assured that they would continue to follow any leads provided by the information they have. Republicans have been investigating the foreign business dealings of President Biden’s family and associates, but have yet to produce evidence directly linking the president to those activities or proving his knowledge of the details.
Recently, the GOP has focused on an unverified FBI tip alleging President Biden’s involvement in a bribery scheme with a foreign national. McCarthy referenced this tip and financial records obtained by Republicans that purportedly showed money flowing through shell companies benefiting members of the president’s family, excluding President Biden himself.
Chairman Comer, who called the plea deal a “slap on the wrist,” affirmed that the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Hunter Biden will continue despite the recent developments. Comer claimed that growing evidence suggests a pattern of corruption, influence peddling, and potentially bribery within the Biden family.
McCarthy drew a comparison between the federal indictment of former President Trump and the ongoing DOJ investigation into President Biden’s potential mishandling of classified documents. However, he acknowledged significant differences between the cases, such as Trump’s alleged obstruction and Biden’s attorneys promptly alerting authorities and handing over discovered records.
McCarthy concluded his argument by suggesting that the justice system operates on a two-tiered basis, highlighting the perceived disparity in treatment between President Biden’s family and his political opponents. He expressed his belief that this situation is fundamentally wrong and gives the impression of an unfair system.