Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre didn’t bite Wednesday when asked about members of President Joe Biden’s family receiving more than $1 million from an associate who started business with a Chinese energy company.
On Thursday, the GOP-led House Oversight Committee released a report based on bank records showing Hunter Biden’s business associate John R. Walker had received a wire transfer of $3 million from Chinese State Energy HK Limited, a CEFC affiliated company Porcelain Energy
Walker then distributed $1.3 million to accounts associated with Hunter Biden, Beau’s widow and Hunter’s girlfriend Hallie Biden, and the president’s brother in 2017.
Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre how much members of the Biden family were paid through the transaction.
“Look, I’m not going to answer that from here,” replied the White House press secretary. “Look, we’ve heard from House Republicans for years and years and years now: the inaccuracies and the lies when it comes to this issue.”
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer a question Wednesday about why Hunter Biden, Beau Biden’s wife Hallie, and other relatives received more than $1 million from an associate who had started business with a security company. chinese energy.
House Oversight Committee Republicans point to more than $1 million funneled into accounts owned by the president’s son Hunter Biden (left) and his then-girlfriend Hallie Biden (right), the widow of his older brother Beau
President Joe Biden responded to the Oversight Committee report on Friday by saying “that’s not true.” A spokesman for Hunter Biden’s legal team blasted the revelations as old news, saying the funds transferred to Hallie Biden were part of “shared costs.”
“And I don’t even know where to begin to answer that question because, again, it’s been lies and lies and inaccuracies for the last two years and I’m just not going to go into it from here,” he added.
President Joe Biden responded to the accusation Friday as he was leaving the White House for Delaware by saying “that’s not true.”
The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Kentucky Republican Rep. James Comer, has been investigating influence peddling by the Biden family since the GOP took over the House in January.
The investigation is primarily focused on Hunter Biden, who began conducting business abroad while his father was still serving as vice president.
However, the committee also discovered a $35,000 payment to Hallie, who dated Hunter Biden after the death of her husband Beau Biden in 2015.
The president’s brother, Jim, also received a portion of the money.
Comer wrote to Walker that the panel “is investigating President Biden’s involvement in his family’s business practices” and “identified him as a key witness in this matter and reviewed evidence showing that he received millions of dollars from a company energy from China and elsewhere.
The House Oversight Committee has ‘invited’ Hunter Biden associate John R. Walker for a transcribed interview
The White House responded after Republicans requested bank records and released documents purporting to prove Hallie Biden received a share of $3 million in cash from China. Beau Biden’s widow was identified Thursday as the third member of the first family involved in Rep. James Comer’s investigation into allegations that her names were used to profit from trade deals.
The committee ‘invites you to participate in a transcribed interview with committee staff, Comer wrote, in language that fell short of an outright demand but can be a prelude to a subpoena if a witness refuses to comply.
Democrats raged at Comer’s public campaign on Thursday, with the White House calling it an “attack” on the president’s daughter-in-law.
A spokesperson for Hunter Biden’s legal team blasted the revelations as old news, saying the funds transferred to Hallie Biden were part of “shared costs.”
Hunter previously acknowledged that he was in a relationship with her at the time.
“Here we go again as Rep. Comer takes something old and tries to make it new by wrapping it up in a wild and baseless right-wing conspiracy,” the spokeswoman said in a statement provided to DailyMail.com.
‘Hunter Biden, a private citizen with full rights to pursue his own business endeavors, joined several business partners in seeking a joint venture with a legitimate privately owned energy company in China. As part of that joint venture, Hunter received his share of the bona fide seed funds that he shared with his uncle, James Biden, and Hallie Biden, with whom he was involved at the time and shared expenses. The accounts listed so dramatically by Rep. Comer belonged to Hunter, his and Hallie’s uncle, no one else,” the spokeswoman said.
The White House has previously denied any involvement by President Biden in his family’s business practices.
The material published by the panel did not show anything illegal or inappropriate. But the explosive memo shows that Republicans are expanding their investigation into whether the Biden family used their names to profit from companies around the world.
Hallie, who had dinner with Joe in Delaware on Friday, was married to Beau until his death from cancer in 2015 and then was in a relationship with Hunter from March 2017 to 2019.
The transactions cited by Comer are from 2017, after Beau’s death when Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were romantically involved.
The GOP is also investigating what services, if any, Walker or his family members provided to receive the cash from China.
in the note DailyMail.com obtained, Comer asked ‘why Hallie Biden, who was publicly reported to be working as a school counselor, received money from Rob Walker, the account holder who received the initial deposit from the Chinese company.
And the Republican-led Oversight panel hit back again Friday, posting images of financial transactions involving Robinson Walker LLC, a company set up by Hunter Biden’s associate.
One shows a March 1, 2017 cable to him in the amount of $3 million. A transfer of $300,000 to Owasco PC
monitoring panel tweeted: ‘Hunter Biden did not “share” funds as his lawyer claims. The cables came directly from Rob Walker’s company, Robinson Walker LLC, to various Biden relatives and companies, including Hallie Biden. Here are two leads for the companies of James and Hunter Biden.
A second image showed a transfer of $25,000 to Hallie Biden on March 20, 2017.
The oversight also flagged payments to an “unknown” Biden who the panel said received incremental payments totaling more than $1 million. Comer had also cited this unidentified person after presenting a ‘third’ Biden in Fox News interviews before Hallie Biden was unmasked as the recipient of the $35,000, a far smaller sum than others received after the initial transfer.
The White House and House Democrats have portrayed the probe as a callous probe, noting that the $3 million to Walker was previously known.
“After a sickening attack lamenting that Beau, the President’s deceased son, was never prosecuted while alive, Congressman Comer has now decided to go after Beau’s widow,” White House spokesman Ian Sams told DailyMail. .com in a statement this week.
“Instead of bizarrely attacking the President’s family, perhaps House Republicans should focus on working with the President to achieve results for American families on important priorities like cutting costs and strengthening health care. he continued.
Comer was also criticized by Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the Oversight panel.
“Chairman Comer’s memo demonstrated once again that after four years of investigations by Senate and House Republicans into Hunter Biden, they have found no connection to the President of the United States or any official. of the government,” Raskin said in a statement.
A spokesman for Oversight Democrats accused Comer of giving the false “impression” that Hallie Biden was involved in obtaining money from China by not noting another transaction, though without providing information about what the payments were for.
“After issuing an overly broad and invasive subpoena for 14 years of financial records, Chairman Comer issued a memo based on speculation and a select handful of facts to spark new interest in a previously reported transaction,” the Democratic spokesman said. .