Republican lawmakers have vowed to use their newfound majority in the House of Representatives to investigate President Joe Biden, particularly allegations of his involvement in shady international business deals by members of his immediate family.
U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-KY), who is expected to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, outlined the panel’s intentions in a news conference shortly after the GOP majority was confirmed.
“We’re not trying to prove Hunter Biden is a bad actor,” he said, referencing the president’s son. “He is. If anybody wants to disagree with that, there’s nothing we have to talk about. Our investigation is about Joe Biden. And we already have evidence that would point that Joe Biden was involved with Hunter Biden on this.”
The contents of the younger Biden’s abandoned laptop, which were initially dismissed as part of a right-wing conspiracy, have since been authenticated and could implicate members of the first family in federal crimes.
When White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre fielded a question about the developing scandal, she clearly had a tough time forming a response.
At first, she produced a garbled statement asserting that “there’s some, a little bit of, uh, interesting, uh, you know, kind of, uh, on-brand thinking here” in reference to the president’s alleged connection to business deals involving his son and brother.
Going on to reference the GOP’s promised investigation, Jean-Pierre accused them of “not coming up with solutions on how we’re going to lower costs for American families” or other important issues that Democrats have not meaningfully addressed during their two years in power.
REPORTER: "Can you address whether the President was involved in any of his son Hunter or his brother's foreign business dealings?"
KJP: "So look, I, you know, um, there's some, a little bit of, uh, interesting, uh, you know, kind of, on brand, uh, thinking here." pic.twitter.com/7h1msnvOBW
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“Look, the midterm elections were very clear,” she added. “They were very clear where Americans said they wanted us to deal with real issues. They wanted us to deal with what we were seeing with democracy. They wanted us to deal with how are we going to fight for freedoms and for rights of the American people.”
Despite Jean-Pierre’s apparent belief that legislators cannot work on more than one issue at a time, House Republicans have addressed the need to bring down costs that have skyrocketed throughout the Biden administration.
Prior to the recent midterms, Republicans have advocated for tax reform, reduced government spending, energy independence, and supply chain improvements in a bid to tackle inflation.