House Oversight Pushes Back On White House’s Claim Of ‘No Evidence’ Linking Joe Biden To Hunter Business Deals

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The House Oversight Committee is pushing back against the Biden administration’s claim there is “no evidence” connecting President Joe Biden to Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.

House Oversight responded Tuesday to talking points from White House spokesperson Ian Sams, who said House Republicans “have turned up no evidence” of wrongdoing by President Biden and “no link to POTUS [President Biden]” after news broke of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s support for an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.

“Mounting evidence reveals that then-Vice President Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ that his family sold around the world to enrich the Bidens,” a House Oversight spokesperson told the Daily Caller. “Then-Vice President Biden spoke over 20 times by speakerphone with Hunter Biden’s foreign business associates, dined with corrupt oligarchs who funneled millions to Hunter Biden, had coffee with one of his son’s associates in Beijing, and may have engaged in a bribery scheme.” (RELATED: House Oversight Demands Records Of Joe Biden’s Push To Remove Ukrainian Prosecutor Going After Burisma)

“The Oversight Committee has a duty to continue to follow this pattern of corruption and hold President Biden accountable for abusing public office for the financial benefit of his family. We will continue to work to provide the transparency and accountability that Americans demand and deserve.”

Hunter Biden’s former business associate Devon Archer testified to House Oversight on July 31 and said Joe Biden spoke with his son’s business associates on more than 20 occasions, including a spring 2014 dinner with Russian oligarch Elena Baturina and Kazakh oligarch Kenes Baturina. Archer also testified about a spring 2015 dinner Joe Biden attended with Vadim Pozharskyi, an executive at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, and a meeting in Beijing between Joe Biden and Hunter’s Chinese business associate.

Archer told House Oversight about how the Biden family “brand” protected Burisma from scrutiny while the firm was paying Hunter Biden more than $80,000 per month to sit on its board, bank records released by House Oversight show. The Biden family and its associates received more than $20 million worth of payments from Ukrainian, Russian, Chinese, Kazakh and Romanian business partners, according to the House Oversight Committee.

In addition, Archer said Hunter Biden “called D.C.” at Burisma’s December 2015 board meeting due to pressure from Pozharskyi and Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky. Archer was unable to confirm whether Joe Biden was on the other end of Hunter Biden’s phone call. (RELATED: Joe Biden’s Office Colluded With Hunter Biden’s Business Associate On Burisma Inquiries, House Oversight Says)

Zlochevsky was named in an FBI FD-1023 form based on intelligence from a confidential human source alleging Joe and Hunter Biden participated in a bribery scheme with the Burisma founder. Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said in June the FBI is investigating the bribery allegations.

IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler have testified that the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave Hunter Biden special treatment in his tax case. Shapley testified to the House Ways and Means Committee in May that former Hunter Biden business associate Rob Walker told the FBI about a meeting between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s business associates at Chinese energy firm CEFC energy.

Hunter Biden’s plea deal for two tax misdemeanors collapsed in July after Delaware U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika scrutinized an immunity provision in the pretrial diversion agreement for Hunter’s felony gun charge. The DOJ is now seeking an indictment for the felony gun charge, and special counsel David Weiss withdrew the tax charges to potentially charge Biden in another jurisdiction. (RELATED: Reporter Heidi Przybyla Falsely Claims Evidence Linking Joe Biden To Hunter’s Business Dealings ‘Doesn’t Exist’)

Hunter Biden’s former business associate James Gilliar referred to Joe Biden as “the big guy” in a May 2017 email about a potential business deal, Hunter’s abandoned laptop archive shows. “10 held by H for the big guy?” Gilliar said of a proposed equity agreement.

Another of Hunter’s former business associates, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed to the New York Post that Gilliar was using a nickname for Joe Biden. Additional emails on Hunter Biden’s laptop indicate he wired himself $100,000 from Joe Biden’s bank account while he was dealing with financial troubles.

“It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike pop [Joe], I won’t make you give me half your salary,” Hunter Biden texted his daughter Naomi in 2019, according to the New York Post.

Joe Biden has said Archer’s testimony is “not true” and the White House previously said the president was “not in business” with his son.