House Republicans preparing to launch a sprawling probe into the president’s involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings say they are ready to throw the book at the Bidens — and are zeroing in on a shady China energy deal.
“If evidence justifies it, then we will have criminal referrals,” Rep. James Comer told The Post during an exclusive interview at his Capitol Hill office this week.
Comer, the incoming chair of the House Oversight Committee, said the panel is particularly focused on a “potentially criminal” 2017 deal between Hudson West III — an LLC Hunter Biden managed and invested in — and CEFC, a Chinese energy behemoth looking to sell American liquified natural gas to China.
“What we have learned from interviews is it was more than that. It was also an effort to try to help China get their foot in the door to try to purchase drillers so they could start buying ownership into the infrastructure of our American energy industry,” Comer told the Post.
President Biden, who had just finished his tenure as vice president under President Obama at the time, was involved in the deal, Comer said.
Millions of dollars changed hands between the Biden family and the Chinese before Hudson West III was dissolved in 2018.
“This is China trying to buy ownership into our American industry, which is a national security threat — and oh by the way it was being conducted by Joe Biden. That’s a problem and that’s why we’re concerned that this White House is compromised,” Comer said.
President Biden has taken significant heat from Republicans and activists over a muted response to human rights protests now breaking out across China.
Comer, a Kentucky Republican, said his investigation into the Bidens will be “full steam ahead” despite his party’s disappointing performance in the 2022 midterm elections.
“We have been working on this for over a year,” said Comer. “We will be ready with subpoenas out the door.”
By Jon Levine