Top Republican on House Oversight Sees Hunter Biden, Fauci as Investigative Targets – “The Takeout”

Top Republican on House Oversight Sees Hunter Biden, Fauci as Investigative Targets – “The Takeout”

Top Republican on House Oversight Sees Hunter Biden, Fauci as Investigative Targets – “The Takeout”

If Republicans take control of the House at the next Congress, the House Oversight Committee’s top priority will be to investigate Hunter Biden, the president’s son. That’s according to Kentucky Congressman James Comer, the top Republican on the committee, who spoke with CBS News’ chief correspondent, Major Garrett, for this week’s podcast “The Takeout.”

“I believe his son is so corrupt,” Comer said.

He accused Hunter Biden of taking advantage of his last name and Joe Biden of protecting his son’s interests.

“Any father probably would,” he said. “But the problem is that Hunter Biden is a threat to national security.”

President Biden has said he has not been involved in his son’s business deals. Hunter Biden’s business ties are under investigation by the Justice Department.

Garrett asked if the commission had enough evidence to link Hunter Biden and his father and if it could amount to impeachment proceedings against the president.

“I haven’t seen that yet,” Comer said.

Comer, who expects to chair the committee in a Republican-controlled chamber, is concerned that after the interim terms, the Justice Department could file charges against Hunter Biden, in which he accidentally aided the president’s son by hinder the investigation.

“That indictment would then make it difficult for our subpoena to be effective with Hunter,” Comer said, adding that a possible appointment of special counsel in Hunter’s case would make it “impossible” for Hunter to testify before a lawsuit. research bureau of the congressional committee.

Who else could receive a subpoena if and when Comer takes the gavel? Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

dr. Fauci has maintained that COVID-19 was likely the result of a “natural event,” as opposed to a lab leak in Wuhan, China, and told a Senate committee this week that the virus likely jumped from “an animal host, perhaps through an intermediary.” host, in a human species, which then spread throughout the human population.”

Comer does not believe that analysis and suggests that the government is not doing enough to determine the origin of the disease.

“We’re not letting that go,” Comer told Garrett. “I think the American people deserve to know the truth about COVID 19. They deserve a government trying to find out the truth about where the COVID 19 is coming from.”

In an earlier episode of ‘The Takeout’ dr. faci said: he would welcome Congress to scrutinize his work and has nothing to hide.

Comer also wants to examine the handling of migrant activity at the US-Mexico border. Although Border Patrol agents along the southern border recorded 222,000 arrests in May — an all-time record number — he claims the government’s policy is inviting “even more people” to come.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would be a prime target for impeachment.

“He’s at the top of the list because he’s not doing his job at the border. It’s getting worse every day.”

Comer has been representing his district of Kentucky in Congress since 2017 and regularly flies home with Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority group leader.

Comer said McConnell and President Trump have never been “loved” to each other and that the relationship has only deteriorated since Trump lost his re-election in 2020.

“I think one of the things Trump never liked about McConnell is the fact that at the end of the day he was trying to get to 60 (senate votes). And if you get to 60, you get to get a get a few Democrats along the way.”

A “circular firing squad doesn’t seem to do much good for you,” Comer lamented.

Highlights from this week’s episode:

  • Will there be another mass shooting in America?“Well, I hope there’s never another mass shooting, but I believe you have bad people in America. And I know that every time there’s a mass shooting, there’s a lot of people. They expect Congress to do something. at the end of the day you can’t legislate against evil So sadly there will probably be more shootings in America But I believe we should do everything in our power in Congress to try to make our schools harder “We should not have a school where a gunman can physically walk in from the street.”
  • Arming teachers in schools: “I like that teachers are armed. Now, my mother was a teacher in a public school. She wouldn’t have wanted to be armed, but she would have been fine with other teachers who were adept at shooting, that would have been voluntary I think if you look at what Kentucky has tried to do, we say you should give the teachers a choice. If you want to be armed and willing to take lessons to train, you can be armed at school. But if you If you’re a teacher who is afraid of guns, doesn’t want any part of the gun, then you shouldn’t be forced to have guns. So that’s what I support.”
  • Minority Leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy’s Leadership“You know, he, it’s hard to be the leader. It’s unfortunately a partisan business that we’re in. If you’re the leader of your conference, whether you’re Pelosi or Kevin McCarthy or Mitch McConnell or Chuck Schumer “It’s a partisan business that you’re in. So there’s a lot of people who despise bipartisan politics. And unfortunately that’s where we are.”

Executive producer: Arden Farhi

Producers: Jamie Benson, Jacob Rosen, Sara Cook and Eleanor Watson

CBSN production: Eric Soussanin
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