Democrats BLOCK Republican bid to get access to Hunter Biden documents

Democrats BLOCK Republican bid to get access to Hunter Biden documents on his foreign business dealings after arguing they could jeopardize national security

  • Democrats on the House Oversight Committee quashed a Republican effort Tuesday to secure documents on Hunter Biden and his business associates
  • In a vote 23-19, Democrats opposed Resolution 1243 that asked President Joe Biden to send documents related to Hunter Biden’s business deals to the House
  • The effort was led by Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the committee, who said Joe Biden needed to answer questions about his family’s ‘schemes’ 
  • With his party in the minority, the GOP members didn’t have enough votes to move the resolution on 
  • The resolution specifically names not only Hunter, but the president’s brother James Biden and his wife Sara, along with Hunter’s former business associates 
  • Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney pointed out that ‘none of these people have a role in the Biden administration’ 
  • It asked the president to send within 14 days ‘copies of any document, record, report, memo, correspondence or other communication in his possession’ 

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee quashed a Republican effort Tuesday to advance a resolution that asked President Joe Biden to send documents related to his son Hunter’s business dealings to the House of Representatives. 

In a vote 23-19, Democrats voted to oppose Resolution 1243, which asked Biden to send within 14 days of passage ‘copies of any document, record, report, memo, correspondence or other communication in his possession’ that related to ‘the Biden family’s international business schemes.’ 

‘It is time for President Biden to answer some questions about his participation in his family’s business schemes with some of our most signficant adversaries for years,’ said Rep. James Comer, the Oversight top Republican, during a mark-up hearing Tuesday. 

With Comer’s party in the minority, the GOP members didn’t have enough votes to move the resolution on. 

There’s no further action Republicans can take currently, without winning back a majority in the House. 

‘The American people deserve transparency about the Biden family’s suspicious foreign business deals, but Democrats today voted to conceal this information from them,’ Comer said in a statement after the vote.  

House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney

House Oversight ranking member, Rep. James Comer

House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (left) and Democrats quashed a GOP effort Tuesday, led by Rep. James Comer (right), to advance a resolution that asked President Joe Biden to send documents related to his son Hunter’s business dealings to the House 

House Resolution 1243 asked President Joe Biden to send documents related to Hunter Biden's (pictured) business dealings over to the House of Representatives within 14 days of passage. The resolution did not make it out of the Oversight committee during a vote Tuesday

House Resolution 1243 asked President Joe Biden to send documents related to Hunter Biden’s (pictured) business dealings over to the House of Representatives within 14 days of passage. The resolution did not make it out of the Oversight committee during a vote Tuesday 

The resolution specifically names not only Hunter Biden, but the president’s brother James Biden and his wife Sara, along with Hunter Biden’s former business associates: Eric Schwerin, John Robinson Walker and Devon Archer. 

Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, who urged Democrats not to support the resolution, pointed out that ‘none of these people have a role in the Biden administration.’ 

Maloney said it also ‘reveals the misplaced priorities of our Republican colleagues.’

‘These same Republicans turned a blind eye when Donald Trump incited a deadly riot in the Capitol, violating the peaceful transfer of power. And illegally removed highly classified presidential records from the White House,’ she said. 

Maloney, who recently lost her New York primary to Rep. Jerry Nadler, said the resolution aimed to ‘smear President Biden by targeting his family.’

‘This is a nakedly partisan effort so it is no surprise that it was led by none other than former President Donald Trump,’ she claimed. 

Rep. Jody Hice, a Georgia Republican, chimed in arguing, ‘If there is nothing to fear with Hunter Biden, than there is no reason Democrats should refuse an investigation.’

‘Whether Democrats care to admit it or not, there are serious concerns about the business dealings of the Biden family. There are serious concerns,’ Hice said. ‘These get to whether our commander-in-chief, the president of the United States, have sought to enrich himself and his family at the expense of our national security.’ 

The president has long denied involvment in Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals in Ukraine and China – and no documents, including from Hunter Biden’s laptop, have proven a serious connection. 

Trump’s first impeachment involved the Republican president asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July 2019 to announce an investigation into the Bidens’ business dealings in Ukraine, as Joe Biden was looking like a formidable 2020 foe. 

The resolution push is a preview of the moves Republicans will likely take if they take control of the House of Representatives in January. 

GOP leaders have promised investigations into Hunter Biden should they flip control of the House in the November elections.  

Democrats on the committee complained Republicans were going after Hunter to boost Trump’s chances should the ex-president seek the White House for a third time in 2024. 

‘This investigation is about promoting … former President Trump and hurting President Biden. It’s pure politics. I urge my colleagues to oppose the resolution,’ said D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. 

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