WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Monday asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to share recordings of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur’s investigators and information about records that may concern his family’s foreign business dealings.
The chairmen of three House committees leading an impeachment inquiry against Biden for alleged corruption have warned they will issue a subpoena if Garland does not comply with the request by February 19 – which would result in to a high-stakes electoral showdown.
Republicans believe the information could bolster their investigations into Biden’s role in his family’s business dealings in China and Ukraine and that the recordings of the Oct. 8 and 9 interviews could also harm Biden by further documenting what Hur did. described the president’s cognitive decline as “well-intentioned cognitive decline.” , an elderly man with a bad memory.
“As detailed in Mr. Hur’s report, classified documents found at President Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement include documents related to China and Ukraine,” a statement said. writes the trio of legislative leaders to Garland.
“[T]there is concern that President Biden may have retained sensitive documents related to specific countries involving his family’s foreign business dealings,” wrote Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Oversight Chairman James Comer (R -Ky.) and fiscal ways and means. Nominate Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.).
“Additionally, we seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys imposed any limitations or scope restrictions during the interview that would have prevented any investigation regarding the evidence (emails, text messages or statements of witnesses) directly linking the president to embarrassing foreign payments.
The Congressional request seeks “all documents and communications, including audio and video recordings, related to the Special Advisor’s interview with President Biden” as well as “documents identified as ‘A9’ and ‘A10’ in the Annex A of Mr. Hur’s report, which concerns President Biden’s December 11, 2015 call with then-Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Joe Biden’s Classified Documents Investigation Report
- Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Biden “deliberately retained and disclosed classified documents” after leaving office as vice president in 2016.
- The records kept by Biden included documents on military and foreign policy in Afghanistan as well as other national security and foreign policy matters.
- Biden kept the classified documents in part to help him write his memoir. According to the report, Biden told a ghostwriter during a 2017 conversation that he “just found all the classified stuff down there.”
- Despite these findings, Hur’s 388-page report recommends that the president not face charges.
- The special prosecutor noted that Biden would likely present himself to a jury as an “older, friendly, well-meaning man with a poor memory” if he were to go to trial.
The Republicans further demanded “all communications between or among officials of the Department of Justice, including the Office of Special Counsel, the Executive Office of the President,
and President Biden’s personal attorney referencing or relating to Mr. Hur’s report.
Additionally, GOP chairs sought documents related to Biden’s book ghostwriter, Mark Zwonitzer, with whom Biden allegedly shared classified information, according to Hur’s report.
“Please produce this information as soon as possible, but no later than 5 p.m. on February 19, 2024. Given the seriousness of these matters, the Committees are prepared to require production of this material if necessary,” the panels wrote.
The White House and Justice Department did not immediately respond Monday to The Post’s requests for comment.
Hur’s nearly 400-page report, released Thursday, contained no mention of first son Hunter Biden or first brother James Biden, who regularly involved their powerful relative in their overseas business dealings.
There is evidence, including photos, emails and witness statements, that Joe Biden, as vice president and in the years since, interacted with his partners in two business ventures linked to the Chinese government and with their Russian, Mexican, Kazakh and Ukrainian patrons.
The House impeachment inquiry is investigating those relationships as well as an alleged Justice Department cover-up aimed at protecting the Biden family.
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