The unfolding political saga surrounding Hunter Biden's business activities has taken a new turn.
House Republicans have intensified their probe into the Biden family's financial dealings by issuing subpoenas to Hunter Biden's associates, including his art dealer.
The person behind these actions is the committee chairman, James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky. He has issued official requests for testimony to multiple individuals connected with the Bidens.
James Comer, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, spearheaded the recent actions by sending subpoenas to key figures connected to Hunter Biden. Among those summoned are Eric Schwerin and Mervyn Yan, both of whom have business ties with Biden, as well as art dealer George Bergès and art patron Elizabeth Naftali.
Bergès, who has been instrumental in the high-priced sales of Biden's artwork, has notably remained silent in response to previous requests for voluntary interviews. The committee has now mandated his appearance before lawmakers on December 15.
Elizabeth Naftali, a significant Democratic donor who purchased artwork from Hunter Biden, has been appointed by President Biden to the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. She is scheduled to testify on December 1 as part of the ongoing investigation.
In addition to these figures, further subpoenas were issued on Wednesday to Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden, and Rob Walker. All three are expected to testify regarding the family's financial transactions and business dealings.
The inquiry extends to other Biden family members and associates, including Hallie Biden, Elizabeth Secundy, Melissa Cohen, and Tony Bobulinski. These individuals have also been requested to participate in interviews, marking a significant expansion in the scope of the investigation.
The events leading up to these subpoenas include the committee's initial focus on Bergès, who has been unresponsive to voluntary interview requests regarding Hunter Biden's art sales. This non-responsiveness has affected the committee's decision to issue formal subpoenas.
The center of this controversy lies in the sale of Hunter Biden's artwork, which has attracted scrutiny due to the high prices and the potential for influence peddling. This aspect of Hunter Biden's business activities is a primary focus of the House Oversight Committee's investigation.
The involvement of Naftali, a major Democratic donor, in purchasing Biden's artwork and her subsequent appointment to a presidential commission has raised questions about the intersection of art, business, and politics in this matter.
In their letter to Bergès' lawyer, Representatives Comer and Jordan expressed deep concern. They emphasized the necessity of understanding the details surrounding the sale of Hunter Biden's artwork, especially considering the attempts by the Biden family to conceal the origins of their foreign income.
The subpoena to Eric Schwerin, another of Hunter Biden's business associates, signals an expansion of the inquiry into the intricate web of the Biden family's financial dealings. Schwerin's close working relationship with the Biden family and their corporate entities, which reportedly involved the transfer of millions of dollars, often from foreign sources, is under scrutiny. Reps. Comer and Jordan in a letter to Bergès' lawyer:
"Given the evidence the Committees have uncovered about how Hunter Biden and other Biden family members have attempted to conceal the source of the money they received from abroad, it is particularly critical for the Committees to understand the details regarding the sale of Hunter Biden’s artwork by your client’s gallery."
Regarding Mervyn Yan, another associate of Hunter Biden, the committee's interest seems to be in his role in the financial transactions and business strategies involving the Biden family.
As the dates for the testimonies approach, the nation awaits with bated breath for further developments in this ongoing probe.