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House Republicans provided a shocking update Friday on the progress of their corruption investigations into President Joe Biden and his family.
Previously, House GOP leaders said investigators had uncovered what they believed was about $20 million in allegedly improper and illicit payments flowing into the pockets of various Biden family members, including a potential bribe of then-Vice President Joe Biden.
But it turns out that figure was woefully short, apparently.
“Republican lawmakers recently predicted their investigation into the Biden family could prove the Biden business raked in more than $50 million, about $30 million more than bank records show thus far,” Breitbart News reported on Saturday.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) told Fox News: “Based on the evidence I’ve seen so far, I think the number is going to be north of $50 million that we’re talking about here.”
Throughout the investigation, the House Oversight Committee unveiled several tranches of Biden business bank records. Those showed the Biden business received at least $20 million from business schemes in Romania, China, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. In total, nine Biden family members received payments from the family foreign business ventures, including two of Joe Biden’s grandchildren.
“This will go down as one of the most politically corrupt presidents and families in U.S. history,” Mace predicted. “And we’ve got to show and prove it to the American people. We’ve got to show them everything that we have.”
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.), in an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity, said he agreed with Mace’s assessment.
“Do you believe that number is realistic and right?” Hannity asked.
“I do think it’s realistic,” said Comer, who added that the GOP-led committees have yet to obtain bank records for Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and various members of the president’s family. That includes Jim Biden, Joe’s Brother, “who secretly negotiated a $140 million settlement deal in 2012 between a U.S. company and the Saudi Arabian government due to his relationship with then-Vice President Joe Biden, court documents revealed,” Breitbart added.
“We haven’t gotten to Jim Biden,” Comer said. “The subpoena for Jim Biden’s personal bank records will be the first crack at Jim Biden. Remember, Jim Biden didn’t leave a laptop lying around, so it’s not been as easy to track his transactions.”
Comer said he intends to issue a subpoena to Hunter and Jim Biden as early as this week in an attempt to compel them to testify.
“We believe that this was a very organized crime ring because of the way the money was disbursed through LLCs and the shell companies and the way the money was disbursed through the various Biden members,” Comer told Hannity.
“Joe Biden was very involved in this,” Comer added. “He knew what the family was doing.”
Meanwhile, an investigative journalist said in July that he got quite a surprise when he dialed the number to a secretive cell phone at the center of an alleged bribery scheme involving Joe Biden.
Just the News correspondent John Solomon said during an interview this week on the Real America’s Voice streaming network that when he called the number of the phone, which was reportedly being paid for by Hunter Biden, Joe was the one who picked up.
“There had been some documents that law enforcement had gotten to other media. One of those documents got leaked to me, and it had a cell phone number that Hunter Biden was paying for, so I figured this was my chance. I’ve been trying to get fair comment from Hunter Biden, so I’m gonna call the cell phone!” Solomon said.
“So I called the cell phone, and guess who picked up the phone? Joe Biden!” he said. “Joe Biden! Boy was he shocked when he got — when he picked up the phone and found out it was me. He hung up pretty quickly!”
John Solomon is an American treasure.
Busts Joe Biden on his secret global burner phone. pic.twitter.com/CfvFnq460t
— Big Fish (@BigFish3000) June 28, 2023