Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has revealed that House Republicans are preparing to establish a select committee to investigate President Joe Biden’s family if they win control of the House in the November 2022 midterms.
“I can tell you all the discussions I’ve had with my colleagues have been positive about a select committee,” Gaetz told Breitbart News on Monday.
The lawmaker said the committee would consist of members with expertise in a range of areas, including those from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Financial Services, Oversight Committee, and Judiciary Committee.
“There have already been discussions among members about what different committees need to contribute to a select committee to look into Hunter Biden,” Gaetz said, referring to President Biden’s son.
The Republican noted that the Jan.6 committee investigating the breach of the U.S. Capitol had “set a precedent” in creating such a committee and how it can be “populated” from a congressional member’s position but noted that this was not about “political payback” and rather to ensure that “we don’t have a compromised First Family.”
“I’m not suggesting we establish a select committee for political payback, but to look into very legitimate concerns about influence peddling and compromise and leverage that may exist today over the Biden family,” he said.
Hunter Biden is currently under federal investigation for alleged tax fraud, lobbying crimes, and money laundering.
He confirmed in December 2020 that his business deals were being investigated, saying at the time that he was “confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
Subpoenas May Be Issued
The U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware is investigating his finances, and the probe dates back to as early as 2018.
Gaetz told Breitbart on Monday that he believes some of Hunter Biden’s former partners “may want to come forward” and speak to the yet-to-be-established committee.
“We may have more Tony Bobulinskis that simply haven’t been given the protection of a Republican majority that could honor whistleblower protections—and do something with the information,” Gaetz said.
Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, went on the record to speak about the Bidens’ overseas business dealings in 2020, claiming that the family was compromised due to connections business partners have to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
As has happened with the Jan. 6 select committee, Gaetz said Republicans may also subpoena phone companies, travel records, expense reports, foreign officials, and more that might provide information linking President Biden’s official activity with such business dealings.
Those dealings have included transactions with individuals and entities in China, which have been linked to the CCP as well as Russia, Ukraine, and other countries, and were conducted at the time Joe Biden was vice president during the Obama administration.
Power to subpoena could be secured if Republicans obtain the House majority, Gaetz said.
“We need to understand how influence in our government was bought and sold through Hunter Biden’s various entities,” Gaetz said. “Having someone become vice president, corresponding with an adult son’s automatic and raging success as an international businessman, is likely not a pattern we want to repeat as a country,” he added.
Gaetz added that the committee would likely want to talk to people with knowledge of the joint venture called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) between Rosemont Seneca Partners (in which Hunter was a partner) and Chinese investment firm Bohai Capital.