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House Republican leaders have reportedly established a date for the first impeachment inquiry hearing regarding President Joe Biden amid some turmoil among GOP members regarding other issues, including the appropriations process.
Fox News reported exclusively that the first hearing would be conducted Thursday, Sept. 28.
“The House Oversight Committee led by Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., is likely to subpoena bank records of Hunter Biden and James Biden this week. GOP lawmakers hope these records will provide insight into Biden’s alleged involvement in his family’s business dealings and fuel the next steps in their investigation,” Fox News noted.
“Next week’s hearing will be the first hearing since House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) formalized an impeachment inquiry last week. McCarthy directed Comer and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, along with Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., to lead the investigation,” the outlet added.
A source familiar with the situation said that the hearing next week won’t necessarily be covering any new ground but will simply be a rehash of alleged evidence uncovered so far as well as an explanation regarding the current status of the inquiry.
In addition, Fox News reported that sources said the Oversight Committee is planning to subpoena the bank records of Hunter Biden and James Biden later this week. Also, Fox News noted Republican leaders would like the inquiry to be completed before the primary season.
The outlet added:
Biden faces accusations that he was involved in foreign business deals set up by his son, Hunter Biden, who allegedly promised his father would use his public office to grant favors in exchange for payments.
Comer and the other Republican investigators briefed McCarthy last week on House Republicans’ findings since July related to the president’s alleged involvement in his family’s business dealings.
A source told the network that Comer, himself a former bank executive, will attempt to get more transcribed interviews with former Hunter Biden business associates like Eric Schwerin and Rob Walker.
Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed that he wasn’t aware of any of his son’s business dealings, despite mounting evidence that suggests otherwise.
In July, Biden got testy again with Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy after he asked him a question about Hunter Biden.
The back-and-forth came in regards to the president insisting again that he “never” talked about Hunter’s business dealings even as Republicans continue to find evidence to the contrary as Biden finally addressed the allegations he was involved in lucrative foreign deals, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
“There’s this testimony now where one of your son’s former business associates is claiming that you were on speaker phone a lot talking business,” Doocy asked in regard to testimony from Devon Archer last week, a former business partner of Hunter’s.
During the hearing, Archer claimed that Joe Biden was on speakerphone with prospective business partners Hunter was working in order to “sell” the Biden “brand.”
“I never talked business…I knew you’d have a lousy question,” Joe Biden said in response.
“Why is that a lousy question?” Doocy said in response.
“Because it’s not true,” Biden snapped in response before walking off.
The Daily Mail noted further:
His response came hours after Republicans released new bank statements detailing payments from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan to the Biden family and associates.
Hunter’s former business partner Archer testified to the House Oversight Committee last week that the then-vice president had been present on speakerphone or in person around 20 times over 10 years while Hunter was meeting with associates.
Archer did not claim to have ever heard Joe Biden discussing business but said Hunter would use his father as a flex – and hearing the voice of the vice president on speed dial was enough to sell the ‘brand’ to foreign executives.
‘I can definitively say at particular dinners or meetings, he knew there were business associates,” Archer told former Fox News star Tucker Carlson for a “Tucker on Twitter” that same month.