Since the Republican Party regained a majority in the House of Representatives, GOP leaders have focused intently on probes into allegations and scandals that have plagued the Biden administration.
In addition to the Judiciary and Oversight panels, a House China Select Committee is looking into various aspects of the White House’s activities.
Among the most notable issues currently under the microscope of Republican lawmakers is the Biden family’s foreign business dealings — particularly the lucrative international entanglements involving the president’s son, Hunter.
Rep. James Comer announces the Republican House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into Joe Biden’s dealings with his son Hunter to determine whether the president “is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars.”
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For his part, Biden has remained outwardly defiant and dismissive of the investigations.
“Lots of luck in your senior year, as my coach used to say,” he asserted earlier this year. “Look, I think the American public wants us to move on and get things done for them.”
Biden went on to assert: “I can’t control what they’re going to do, all I can do is continue to try to make life better for the American people.”
Behind the scenes, however, there is mounting evidence that the administration is taking the concurrent probes quite seriously.
According to recent reports, lawyers, and advisers are working on behalf of the White House to develop a cohesive strategy and are even holding meetings in offices that had previously been used by the secretary of war to craft military plans.
Even Obama administration political adviser Eric Schultz recognizes the high stakes at play, explaining: “If there are hints of corruption or scandal or impropriety, that will undermine the president’s ability to stay in the good graces of the electorate.”
House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) explained about a month ago that he has been working closely with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) to optimize their respective probes.
“We talk every day,” he said. “We had breakfast together this morning, we work together, no problems there. He knows what we’re doing. We know what he’s doing. Our staffs are close, our committee rooms are next door to each other. So we work together really well.”
When it comes to working across the aisle to advance other aspects of the GOP agenda, however, some insiders say the ongoing investigations into the Biden administration could complicate matters.
In addition to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-IN) will be tasked with rallying support behind the Republican cause.
As Emmer acknowledged: “With a narrow majority, it’s about every voice. Every issue can be challenging.”