The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee pressed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday for information on the shady foreign dealings of first son Hunter Biden — accusing the White House of thwarting the panel’s probe in order to protect the president.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) claimed in a letter to Yellen that the Biden administration may be preventing the release of suspicious activity reports related to Hunter Biden. The reports, known as SARs, are generated by banks that flag suspiciously large transactions and are meant to guard against money laundering.
“The Biden Administration is restricting Congress’ access to SARs, and Committee Republicans are investigating whether this change in longstanding policy is motivated by efforts to shield Hunter Biden and potentially President Biden from scrutiny,” Comer wrote. “Though the Committee requested documents and information ‘no later than June 8, 2022,’ the Department of the Treasury has provided no documents or information.”
Comer, who has vowed to investigate Hunter Biden if Republicans gain control of the House of Representatives in the November election, alleged that Treasury officials told GOP committee staffers in a June 13 phone call that they would not release the SARs unless Democrats join in the request.
After Comer sent an initial request for the SARs on May 25, however, the Treasury Department told the Wall Street Journal: “Treasury has made SARs available for every request we’ve received, regardless of party, and will continue to do so.”
“It is troubling that the Biden Administration is willing to provide a false story to the media to create the appearance of transparency while continuing to thwart congressional oversight,” Comer wrote.
“Committee Republicans are committed to following the money trail — a trail consisting of many complex, international transactions worth millions of dollars,” he added. “The American people deserve to know whether the President’s connections to his son’s business deals occurred at the expense of the United States’ interests and whether they represent a national security threat.”
The lawmaker set a new deadline of July 20 for the Treasury to turn over the SARs.
Despite President Biden’s claims that he never speaks to Hunter about his foreign business deals, a 2018 voicemail recovered from the first son’s laptop undercuts that claim.
“Hey pal, it’s Dad,” Biden told his son. “It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you.”
“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good,” Biden continued in the voicemail message. “I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to discuss the message during a news briefing on Tuesday.
“He’s leaving a voicemail about a New York Times article concerning Hunter Biden’s business dealings and he says, ‘I think you’re clear,’ ” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked her. “How is that not him talking to his son about his overseas business dealings?”
“We’re not, from this podium — I’m not going to talk about alleged materials from the laptop,” Jean-Pierre responded.
Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, left behind at a Wilmington, Del., computer repair shop, also showed that Joe Biden met with some of his son’s business associates when he was vice president under Barack Obama, including at a 2015 DC dinner with a group from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.
The information on the laptop became the basis for The Post’s exclusive expose in October 2020 about Hunter Biden’s business deals overseas.
Visitor logs also show that Eric Schwerin, a business associate of Hunter Biden, showed up at the White House and other official locations at least 19 times between 2009 and 2015.
Schwerin met with then-Vice President Biden in the West Wing on Nov. 17, 2010.
At the time, Schwerin was the president of the Rosemont Seneca Partners investment fund, which Hunter Biden founded the year before.
Hunter Biden is under investigation by the US attorney in Delaware over possible bank fraud and money laundering involving his business deals overseas, despite reportedly paying the IRS about $2 million for back taxes.