Chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee James Comer (R-KY) joined Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo to discuss the latest developments in the committee’s investigation into Biden family corruption. Comer’s exchange with Bartiromo covered several topics, not least of which were the emails revealing Joe Biden’s use of pseudonyms to conduct government business and share related information with Hunter Biden, as well as the roadblocks being placed in the committee’s way not only by the Bidens’ attorneys but by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as well.
Following the appearance, Comer shared video of the exchange via X/Twitter.
🚨 VP Joe Biden emailed Hunter under the aliases “Robin Ware,” “Robert L. Peters” & “JRB Ware” to keep his son informed on his communications with Ukraine.@POTUS is lying when he says he didn’t participate or know about his family’s influence peddling schemes. @MariaBartiromo pic.twitter.com/rngOqiBDj7
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) August 20, 2023
Some highlights of their exchange:
Bartiromo: Let’s discuss these pseudonyms, or alias names — what exactly have you learned?
Comer: Well, we’ve learned that Joe Biden used at least three pseudonyms, or fake names, in emails that he was receiving from people within the federal government, people that worked for him. And even more troubling than that, Maria, we’ve learned that when he was receiving emails pertaining to Ukraine, his son, Hunter, was copied on them — which we’ve always heard that the White House has said that Hunter Biden wasn’t an employee of the government, he wasn’t any part of the government, they couldn’t understand why House Republicans on the Oversight Committee were investigating Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, because Hunter wasn’t a part of the government — well, if that were true, then why was he receiving emails from the government?
Why the subterfuge? What was Joe Biden’s purpose?
Bartiromo: Well, this also pertains to the firing of the special prosecutor in Ukraine, Viktor Shokin — was that what these emails were about? Because you have told us in the past that that was one decision you were looking at, as far as a decision that Joe Biden may have been paid for, to get involved in getting that prosecutor off the back of Burisma.
Comer: I think the evidence is mounting every day to prove that Joe Biden went to Ukraine for the sole purpose of firing Shokin, who was the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating his son for corruption. What we heard in the transcribed interview with Devon Archer was that he said that the owners of Burisma were squeezing Hunter, saying, “We need help in Washington. You need to call Washington for help.” Of course, the Democrats tried to say that, “Well, that could have been anybody in Washington.”
Well, what we’ve now learned is Joe Biden was using a fake email name to receive correspondence from his staff that he was copying Hunter Biden on. And I believe, Maria, that Hunter had to prove value to the Burisma owners that they were working on this, so he was forwarding those to the owners of Burisma.
Look, this is obvious that Joe Biden abused his power as vice president for the sole purpose to protect his son, who was receiving millions and millions of dollars from this corrupt Ukrainian energy company. And this email ties Joe Biden and Hunter Biden into this corruption scheme, without a shadow of a doubt.
Comer went on to explain that the only emails they’ve seen where Joe Biden was copying Hunter pertained to Ukraine and in the critical timeframe in which the vice president was traveling to Ukraine and forcing the firing of Shokin, noting, ironically that this is evidence of a quid pro quo. (Remember when that was all the rage?)
Bartiromo then raised the question of whether the recent appointment of David Weiss as Special Counsel might serve as an impediment to the committee’s investigation.
Bartiromo: I want to know if your information flow is about to get to a screeching halt because they have a new Special Counsel on this investigation, David Weiss, who actually was the same person who tried to get immunity for Hunter just recently. So do you feel that you are about to see a change in terms of what you’re able to uncover? And can you identify where this money was going — are these all domestic accounts? Or was there money overseas as well?
Comer: Well, first of all, we’re about to find out whether the Special Counsel’s going to interfere in our investigation because we’re headed to court. There are some bank records that we believe will tell a big story about what level of involvement not only Joe had with the business schemes but how he benefited from the business schemes. So the Biden attorneys know exactly where we’re headed with this investigation. They have lawyered up — I mean, they are building Fort Knox around these bank accounts that we’re going to subpoena next, so we’re headed to court, Maria. And we’ll see if the Special Counsel shows up in court and holds their hand up and says, “Your Honor, there’s no need in working with the House Oversight Committee, even though they’ve produced all this evidence that no one knew about before. We’re now in charge, we’re the Special Counsel, and we’re in charge.”
How ironic would that be, Maria, considering that less than two weeks after a judge threw out U.S. Attorney Weiss’s blanket immunity for Hunter Biden, he gets appointed Special Counsel and supposedly, in the eyes of the Department of Justice, is now the lead investigative agency with respect to Hunter Biden? The House Oversight Committee, for all practical purposes, has been the Special Counsel over the past six months, and we’ll continue to do our work and continue to be transparent with the American people about the evidence that we’re uncovering every day.
Bartiromo then keyed on in the additional bank records that the committee intends to subpoena and what light they might shed on the flow of money between Biden family members.
Bartiromo: You think those bank records — these final two or three or four bank records that you’re suggesting — they are going to tell you how the money was moving within the Biden family?
Comer: We know, talking to the banks, that they’re under considerable pressure not to cooperate with us. I’ve been saying for months, Maria, that we are facing obstruction like has never been demonstrated in the history of congressional investigations. Not only are we being obstructed by the Biden legal team, we’re being obstructed by the Department of Justice, we’re being obstructed by the FBI, by the Secret Service, by the IRS, by the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee. And the next question is: Will we be obstructed by the new Special Counsel, David Weiss, investigating this? We have produced — with every subpoena we’ve issued — we have produced more, new, damaging evidence of Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s influence-peddling schemes. And we believe the next bank records that we’re going to subpoena will tell a whole lot bigger story about how involved Joe Biden was in this Biden influence-peddling scheme, or Biden corruption.
Bartiromo circled back on the domestic versus overseas nature of the accounts on which the committee is seeking additional information.
Bartiromo: Congressman, I know you said that we are waiting for this information, and you have identified 20 shell companies where money was going, but are there only domestic accounts? Or are there overseas accounts that Biden has?
Comer: We’ve heard a report from a whistleblower that there are overseas accounts, and we’re going to be working with the Ways and Means Committee to try to get those overseas accounts. But I’ll close with this, Maria: You think about Joe Biden was using a fake name for his email correspondence with respect to what he was about to do in Ukraine. How ironic is the guy that uses a fake name with his government email accounts is the same guy whose family has 20 fake companies to launder money from foreign nationals in adversarial countries to his family members. I mean, this fits a pattern of deception by the Biden family. We’re going to continue to get the facts out to the American people.
What will it finally take to blow the lid off the Biden family corruption scheme? When even Jake Tapper is acknowledging that there is a problem, one has to believe it’s only a matter of time, though it sounds like Comer anticipates more obstacles ahead in the committee’s quest to expose the tangled web. Stay tuned…