House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman James Comer is accusing Hunter Biden’s lawyers of “testing the limits” of witness intimidation in the Republican-led investigation into the Biden Family’s influence-peddling operation.
Rep. Comer (R-Ky.) said witnesses and subpoenaed individuals cooperating with their probe have told his staff that Biden’s attorneys have inappropriately contacted them with veiled threats about their own potential liability in regard to the Biden clan’s shady business schemes.
“We feel that this is close to crossing the line,” he told Fox News’ Sandra Smith Monday. “Obviously their objective, in my opinion, is witness intimidation.”
Comer added that his subpoena authority has proven to be a “very fruitful” oversight tool in the Oversight Republicans’ Biden probe.
“We have bank records, we have access to all the bank violations in the Treasury cabinet and now we have whistleblowers who are coming forward,” he said.
When asked if he stands by his accusation of witness intimidation,” Comer replied, “it depends on your definition of intimidation.”
“If you get a call from the lawyers and they remind you of your potential liability in some of these business schemes, then yes, I would consider that witness intimidation,” he said. Comer told Smith that Republicans are now trying to get immunity for the witnesses “going forward” due to the threats.
“Hopefully, the Department of Justice and Merrick Garland, the Attorney General will grant immunity,” he added. “This is a major investigation. We plan on in the next seven to ten days a public press conference to give the press and the American people the facts of what we’ve uncovered thus far.”
On Twitter, George Washington University Professor and constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley said Biden’s attorneys appear to be walking on thin ice.
“Biden recently assembled a new team pledging hardball tactics,” Turley explained. “Trump associate Roger Stone was pursued over contacts with witnesses. This can be a dangerous line for lawyers to walk.”
Comer first brought up the alleged witness tampering over the weekend, telling Just the News in an interview that Biden’s lawyers had made some potential whistleblowers “fear for their lives.”
“We’ve got witnesses that are scared to death to come forward. They fear for their lives,” Comer said. “You’ve got the banks that have worked with us that are being squeezed by attorneys, by high-ranking officials in the Democrat party for having the nerve to work with us, to comply with our subpoenas.”
Additionally, the Oversight chairman noted that “high-ranking Democrat officials in Congress” have been funding “dark money groups” in an effort to intimidate House investigators and thwart their probe.
Comer also accused White House Communications Director Ben Labolt of posting tweets designed to intimidate him.
On Fox News Monday, the congressman said the regime’s intimidation efforts were not working.
“They’re not intimidating us. We’re going to press forward with the facts and present the facts to the American people,” he declared.
In addition to the House investigation, Hunter Biden is also facing a federal criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney of Delaware, and perilous child support proceedings in Arkansas, where his counsel has refused to admit ownership of the infamous abandoned laptop.
Federal prosecutors are reportedly considering four charges: “two misdemeanor counts for failure to file taxes, a single felony count of tax evasion related to a business expense for one year of taxes and a potential felony count on falsifying a form linked to a gun permit.”
However, as Professor Turley noted in an opinion piece for the Hill, there is a “conspicuous omission” from the list of potential charges.
There is no mention of a charge as an unregistered foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). The Justice Department aggressively used this charge against Trump figures like Paul Manafort and, if the same standard is applied, it is hard to see the basis for discarding the charge in the Hunter Biden case.
The laptop shows emails from various foreign sources, including some with close connections to foreign governments and intelligence services. There are also records of visits of clients and business associates to the White House as well as pictures with then-Vice President Joe Biden. Finally, there are emails showing Hunter reached out to high-ranking officials like Antony Blinken for “advice.” Now our secretary of state, Blinken was then deputy secretary of state.
A top Republican Senator is now accusing Blinken of lying under oath during his confirmation hearing in December of 2020, when he was asked about his contacts with the younger Biden.
“He said he did not email Hunter Biden, and now we have those emails. We also know that his wife, using her private email address when she was a[n] employee of the State Department, was basically a conduit between her husband and Hunter Biden as well,” said Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Sunday.
“He needs to be subpoenaed. I don’t have subpoena power. He’s got to come in just voluntarily. If he wants to proclaim his innocence, I doubt he’ll do that, but he must and she must preserve their records, their personal emails. When you get to the bottom of this, we need to show how corrupt these individuals are,” Johnson added.
On Fox and Friends, Monday morning, Turley noted that this is a “very serious” accusation.
“It is a crime to lie to Congress. He did this in the course of becoming a cabinet member,” Turley said. “So you couldn’t have anything more serious than this allegation in terms of wrongdoing in the sense that it is a federal crime. So we’re going to have to see if Johnson can stick the landing. But he seems quite confident that there was no equivocation that this was an outright false statement made to Congress by Secretary Blinken.”
Hunter, meanwhile, was forced to appear in Arkansas Monday for a court hearing in the appalling paternity case in which he is fighting against paying child support for his 4-year old daughter Navy Joan.
“If one were to combine all of Hunter’s influence peddling, drug abuse, orgies and prostitution controversies, they would not hold a candle to the utter depravity shown toward this little girl,” Turley wrote in a Fox News piece over the weekend.
Not only has President Biden refused to refer to her as a grandchild or even include a Christmas stocking with the other children, her father Hunter is fighting to prevent her from using the Biden name. Indeed, the only reason that Hunter is coming to the same state that his daughter lives in is to seek to reduce his child support.
The viciousness of the Biden family in dealing with this little girl is only matched by that of the media. Reporters who profess to support women and denounce deadbeat dads have either ignored this story or belittled her mother Lunden Roberts.
According to Turley, Hunter’s efforts to limit his child support “may have backfired and could prove costly.”
Hunter has struggled to conceal his finances, including money that he received from alleged influence peddling. Now the court is considering the laptop as possible evidence in millions of past assets. While a U.S. Attorney in Delaware is exploring criminal charges and House committees are looking into the influence peddling, his fight against this toddler could force a decision on the authenticity of the laptop.
During the court proceedings Monday, the judge ordered Biden “to answer written questions about his current finances – including investments, his art sales and other financial transactions,” according to the New York Post. The judge ordered Hunter to sit for a deposition in mid-June to answer questions under oath.