US President Joe Biden has consistently maintained that he never discussed business matters with his son Hunter, going as far back as August 2019 when he stated that he had never engaged in such discussions with his son or any other family member. The White House has also denied any business ties between the elder Biden and Hunter.
Recently, US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, expressed his belief that the ongoing investigation into foreign business dealings by President Biden’s family could potentially lead to an impeachment inquiry.
The investigation primarily focuses on Hunter Biden’s business activities and whether there were any payments made to President Biden through his son.
McCarthy cited Biden’s previous public statements about not discussing business dealings with his son while running for office.
He also referred to accusations made by two IRS whistleblowers, who claimed that the investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax-related offenses was deliberately delayed.
Furthermore, congressional investigations revealed that the Biden family received millions of dollars from more than 20 shell companies, including funds from Chinese and Ukrainian nationals.
Republicans recently released an FBI document containing allegations from a confidential source who claimed to have had conversations with the CEO of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky.
In 2019, a phone call between former US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine if it did not investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country led to Trump’s first impeachment.
According to the source, Zlochevsky hired Hunter Biden to use his connection to his father’s position and made payments to the Bidens to obstruct an investigation into Burisma by the then-Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin.
The source also alleged that Zlochevsky indicated he was coerced into paying the Biden family and had recorded conversations with both Hunter and Joe Biden.
These allegations have not been substantiated, and Democrats have pointed to a document from Trump’s 2019 impeachment trial, where Zlochevsky reportedly denied any contact with Joe Biden during his tenure as vice president.
In addition, there were reports in the US media that Hunter Biden’s business associate, Devon Archer, plans to testify to the House Oversight and Reform Committee that Hunter would often have his father on speakerphone during discussions with foreign business partners.
Despite these allegations and reports, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierrre reiterated that President Biden has never been involved in his son’s business dealings.
Photographs found on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop suggested that both Joe and Hunter Biden were present at the Biden family’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware, around the time of the mentioned messages.