Rep. Comer warns DOJ against indicting Hunter Biden prior to Wednesday press conference

 May 9, 2023

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) warned the Justice Department on Sunday to not push forward swiftly with an indictment against Hunter Biden prior to a major press conference that the congressman has scheduled for Wednesday, the Daily Wire reported.

That is because Comer intends to unveil substantial evidence he claims to have uncovered in support of allegations of serious felony crimes of far greater importance and significance than the relatively minor set of misdemeanors and felonies that federal prosecutors are reportedly considering.

Recent reports indicated that the DOJ was possibly on the verge of charging Hunter Biden with a small handful of tax-related violations as well as for making a false statement on a federal gun purchase form.

"Do not indict Hunter Biden before Wednesday"

During an appearance on "Sunday Morning Futures" with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Chairman Comer provided a preview of what could be expected during his Wednesday press conference in terms of evidence obtained from bank records and whistleblowers that allegedly prove corrupt influence-peddling by members of President Joe Biden's family that included payments from rival foreign nations laundered through a "web of LLCs."

Asked about the possibility of Hunter Biden being indicted prior to that press conference, Comer said, "My message to the Department of Justice is very loud and clear: Do not indict Hunter Biden before Wednesday, when you have the opportunity to see the evidence that the House Oversight Committee will produce with respect to the web of LLCs, with respect to the number of adversarial countries that this family influence-peddled in."

"This is not just about the president's son -- this is about the entire Biden family, including the president of the United States," he continued. "So, we believe there are a whole lot of accounts that the IRS and DOJ don't know about, because we don't believe they've done a whole lot of digging in this, and we have."

"We've spent the past 100 days poring over bank documents. I've used subpoena power to get these bank documents. We've been meeting with former associates of the Bidens with their different influence-peddling schemes. We've been meeting with whistleblowers," Comer added. "We know exactly what this family was doing, and by all accounts from the media reports that we're getting, what they're looking at charging Hunter Biden on is a slap on the wrist, it's a drop in the bucket."

Possible tax- and gun-related charges could be imminent

One of the media reports that Chairman Comer was likely referencing was an article last week from The Washington Post about how Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a holdover from the Trump administration who is leading the years-long federal investigation of Hunter Biden, was close to making a decision on whether or not to press forward with a criminal indictment of the president's son.

That report followed a meeting at DOJ headquarters in Washington D.C. a week earlier that involved Biden's defense attorneys and top prosecutors, which was interpreted as a sign that the probe had largely concluded and criminal charges were potentially imminent.

Per a CNBC report in April, federal investigators were expressing "growing frustration" with the fact that FBI and IRS agents had essentially concluded their part of the probe last year with the presentation of evidence of criminal activity and were tired of waiting for prosecutors to stop delaying and move forward with an indictment.

Sources suggested that Hunter Biden could face four federal charges -- two misdemeanor counts for failure to file taxes in certain years, a single felony count of tax evasion related to business expenses, and a single felony count for making a false statement on the federal gun purchase form, in that he allegedly lied by claiming he was not a user of illicit drugs when he purchased a handgun in 2018 when he himself has admitted to rampant illicit drug use at that time.

White House, Biden, denounce GOP probe, defend Hunter

It remains to be seen what, exactly, Chairman Comer plans to unveil during his much-anticipated press conference on Wednesday, but the White House sought to get out ahead of it with a dismissive statement last week that decried the House GOP's "unfounded, unproven, politically-motivated attacks against the President and his family without offering evidence for their claims or evidence of decisions influenced by anything other than U.S. interests," per the Daily Wire.

Furthermore, in an interview with MSNBC last week, President Biden himself said of his son Hunter, "First of all, my son has done nothing wrong," and when asked how potential criminal charges could impact his presidency, replied, "It impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him."

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