House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), who has been leading the House GOP investigation of President Joe Biden and the Biden family's alleged influence-peddling, was just purportedly exposed for his own questionable business deals with family members, according to the Daily Beast.
The left-leaning media outlet scrutinized the Kentucky Republican's family farming business and land transactions in response to Comer's recent unveiling of supposed "loan repayments" to the president from his brother that may have been his share of the profit derived from potentially corrupt influence-peddling.
The Daily Beast was not the least bit coy about linking what it purported to uncover about Rep. Comer's own family business dealings with the chairman's ongoing probe of the Biden family's business dealings.
That includes the recent announcement from Comer that he had issued subpoenas for documents and testimony from the president's son Hunter Biden and the president's brother James Biden, as well as a former business associate named Rob Walker.
"The House Oversight Committee has followed the money and built a record of evidence revealing how Joe Biden knew, was involved, and benefited from his family’s influence peddling schemes," Comer said in a statement. "Now, the House Oversight Committee is going to bring in members of the Biden family and their associates to question them on this record of evidence."
"Unlike the many lies President Biden told the American people about his family’s business schemes, bank records don’t lie. These records reveal how the Bidens sold Joe Biden around to the world to benefit the Biden family, including Joe Biden himself, to the detriment of U.S. interests," he added. "The House Oversight Committee, along with the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, will continue to follow the facts and deliver the transparency and accountability that the American people demand and deserve."
One key aspect of the James Biden subpoena will likely involve a supposed $200,000 "loan repayment" to Joe Biden in 2018 that, per subpoenaed bank records, coincided with funds received by James in that same amount on the same day from a now-bankrupt company that James had convinced to give him money in exchange for exploiting his politician brother's influence for the company's benefit.
In attempting to flip the script on the Republican Oversight chairman, the Daily Beast in turn pointed to various land swaps and financial transactions worth similar amounts of money between James Comer and his brother Chad Comer that also appeared to make use of "shell companies" and his political influence, particularly after their father passed away in 2019.
Indeed, the leftist outlet made hay out of the fact that Comer, while being involved in a multi-million dollar family-owned farming and ranching operation in Kentucky, was also involved for many years in the regulation and oversight of the agricultural sector both in Kentucky and at the national level, which it asserted was at the very least a conflict of interest, if not an exertion of political influence to his own benefit.
"Conflicts of interest can occur when members serve on committees overseeing industries in which they are heavily invested or in which their business interests are intertwined," Delaney Marsco, a senior counsel for ethics for the purportedly "nonpartisan" watchdog group known as the Campaign Legal Center, told the Daily Beast.
The attorney added, "Voters have a right to know that lawmakers are using their considerable power in the interest of the public, not to game a personal business advantage."
Rep. Comer and his office did not respond to a request for comment for the Daily Beast's overt hit piece, but that didn't stop the outlet from running wild with an assortment of allegations of potentially shady business dealings that were obviously intended to discredit the evidence of influence-peddling he has uncovered with regard to the Biden family.
To be sure, some of what the leftist outlet uncovered about Comer's family business dealings appears questionable on the surface without further explanation or additional context and details, which could prove those transactions to be entirely reasonable and above-board.
The same could also likely be said of some of the Biden family's dubious dealings, hence the subpoenas and continuing investigation in search of more information that could either exonerate the president or expose corruption and criminal or unethical wrongdoing.