The latest controversy surrounding President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, involves the recent auction of his artwork.
Now, House Republicans are launching a new investigation into the “Biden family’s efforts to profit from proximity to the White House.
“To swell the coffers of his family members”
According to a statement released on Wednesday, the panel cited “disturbing and recurring” reports about the Bidens’ apparent attempts to cash in on the family’s political notoriety as the motivation for its probe.
“Unfortunately, these reports of President Biden using his former official positions of public trust to swell the coffers of his family members are widespread, and any hope the pattern of family self-dealing would finally stop when he assumed the presidency has been dashed,” wrote Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the committee’s ranking member.
The Biden family is treating the White House as their own personal cash cow.
Who would pay 500K for Hunter’s art if his last name wasn’t Biden?https://t.co/4PEvXG9l2U
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) July 14, 2021
“The Biden family’s actions during the Obama-Biden Administration are similarly concerning and reveal a potential pattern of using the White House for profit,” the statement continued.
Republicans included a series of requests in their letters to the White House Counsel’s Office and the National Archives and Records Administration, according to Fox News.
House Republicans list their demands
Among the requested documents are those “surrounding two international trips from the Obama-Biden Administration in which Biden family members and associates seemingly took advantage of a connection to the Oval Office.”
Additionally, GOP committee members requested a “list of all past and ongoing foreign business interests and relations for Biden family members” and documents related to “Hunter Biden’s artwork” as well as any “family members’ appearance in advertisements, public speaking, or in any nature to solicit business/investments/awareness.”
The letter also seeks any “policies and procedures the White House has to prevent the Biden family from profiting off the presidency.”
As for Hunter Biden’s artwork, the identities of buyers who paid as much as $500,000 have remained anonymous, leading to additional questions about the arrangement.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki asserted earlier this year that policies are in place to prevent the president’s name from being “used in connection with any commercial activities to suggest or in any way … they could reasonably be understood to imply his endorsement or support.”