House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) intends to investigate donations to the Penn Biden Center and who is buying Hunter Biden’s artwork in order to examine the Biden family’s financial ties.
Comer has already sent requests for documents and other information to the White House, the University of Pennsylvania, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and others. He plans to make more inquiries in the future and is willing to subpoena information if he needs to, he told The Washington Examiner.
“We’re trying to trace the money,” Comer told the examiner. “We’ll look at the bank statements. We will investigate bank violations. This is the next phase of our investigation as we try to find out who these anonymous sources are that are sending so much money to the Biden family schemes – the Biden Center for Diplomacy and Hunter Biden’s artwork.”
The Penn Biden Center, a University of Pennsylvania-affiliated think tank in Washington, DC, recently made headlines after secret government documents were found hidden in an office used by President Joe Biden. The university has received tens of millions of dollars in foreign donations, including around $60 million from Chinese institutions.
The President’s son is an aspiring artist who is putting his art up for sale, much to the dismay of ethics experts. The White House has denied allegations of tampering with the first son’s pieces, which are priced in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Last year, the White House and the gallery that displayed Biden’s artwork said safeguards were in place to prevent such ethical or potentially illegal violations. Ethics experts said safeguards were sorely lacking.
“It’s not real protection,” said Jessica Tillipman, associate dean of public procurement law at George Washington University Law School. “They say it is, but to say it is doesn’t mean it is.”
She said a better policy would be much more transparent. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant, or you just have to turn it off,” she said.
Comer and other Republicans have long been critical of Hunter’s amateur artistic career, particularly given the awards his art has received.
“For years Mr. Biden has sought to capitalize on his father’s position in government, and the art deals are but the latest iteration of that effort. The investigation into Mr. Biden’s business ventures and those who aided him in his dubious ventures has been ongoing for over two years and will continue until the next Congress if necessary,” Comer said in September 2021 before Republicans took control the house and obtained subpoena power.
According to Comer, the recent revelations that classified documents were discovered at the Penn Biden Center and the President’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, only underscores the need for transparency regarding Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
“If there’s nothing there, then the president should be more than willing to work with the House Republicans because he might make us look bad,” Comer told the Examiner.