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Hallie Biden is THIRD first family member in ‘influence-peddling’ investigation

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Mar 16, 2023
Hallie Biden, seen here with Beau Biden, received $35,000 from Biden associate Mr. John Robinson Walker, according to Rep. James Comer. Comer, who, as chair of House Oversight, subpoenaed bank information, says Walker

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Hallie Biden received a cut of a $3 million in cash from China sent through an associate of Hunter, according to subpoenaed bank records released by Republicans.

Beau Biden’s widow was identified on Thursday as the third member of the first family wrapped up in Rep. James Comer’s investigation into allegations they used their names to profit on business deals around the world.

In a memo seen by DailyMail.com, Hallie received $35,000 in two transfers in March from Biden family associate John ‘Rob’ Walker, after he received a $3 million wire from the Chinese State Energy HK Limited, a firm affiliated with CEFC China Energy.

Hallie Biden, seen here with Beau Biden, received $35,000 from Biden associate Mr. John Robinson Walker, according to Rep. James Comer. Comer, who, as chair of House Oversight, subpoenaed bank information, says Walker's company got $3 million from a Chinese firm in 2017

Hallie Biden, seen here with Beau Biden, received $35,000 from Biden associate Mr. John Robinson Walker, according to Rep. James Comer. Comer, who, as chair of House Oversight, subpoenaed bank information, says Walker’s company got $3 million from a Chinese firm in 2017

Hunter Biden associate, Rob Walker, got the initial deposit from the Chinese firm and then distributed money to Hunter and Hallie

Hunter Biden associate, Rob Walker, got the initial deposit from the Chinese firm and then distributed money to Hunter and Hallie

Walker then shared $1.3 million with four Biden family members – including Hallie – and the company of another businessman associated with the family, James Gilliar.

Hunter Biden and Joe’s brother Jim were the others to get a cut of the cash. 

Hallie, who had dinner with Joe in Delaware on Friday, was married to Beau until his cancer death in 2015 and then had a relationship with Hunter from March 2017 until 2019.

The bombshell memo shows Republicans are expanding their investigation into whether the Biden family used their names to cash in on ventures across the globe.

The GOP is also investigating what, if any, services Walker or the family members provided to receive the cash from China. 

In the memo DailyMail.com obtained, Comer asked ‘why Hallie Biden—publicly reported to work as a school counselor—received money from Rob Walker, the account holder who got the initial deposit from the Chinese firm.

He also took a shot at ranking member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who accused him of running a ‘dragnet’ for personal financial information on Walker, a former Hunter associate who also goes by John R. Walker.

‘Ranking Member Jamie Raskin mischaracterized the substance of the bank records by referencing payments related to Mr. Walker’s miscellaneous purchases such as “Papa John’s” and “coffee at Starbucks,’ he wrote, referencing a blistering memo by Raskin blasting the probe as a dragnet.

‘Rep. Raskin omitted material facts that Robinson Walker, LLC received a $3 million wire from a Chinese company in March 2017—less than two months after Vice President Joe Biden left public office—and that Mr. Walker then transferred over a million dollars to various bank accounts associated with the Bidens in the following months,’ he wrote.

The White House has repeatedly denied President Biden knowing family members’ business dealings. He frequently continues to socialize with family members, traveling with Natalie Biden – Hallie and Beau’s daughter – to the West Coast this week, and dining at Hallie Biden’s home in Delaware last week, according to a pool report filed by a reporter traveling with the president.

The transactions cited by Comer are from 2017, after Beau’s death when Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were romantically involved. 

The White House has repeatedly denied President Biden knew about family members' business arrangements. Joe and Jil Biden (left) posing with Beau and Hallie Biden (right)

The White House has repeatedly denied President Biden knew about family members’ business arrangements. Joe and Jil Biden (left) posing with Beau and Hallie Biden (right)

Comer laid out the allegations in a letter from Majority staff to panel members

Comer laid out the allegations in a letter from Majority staff to panel members

A chart lists a $25,000 payment to Hallie Biden from a Walker LLC

A chart lists a $25,000 payment to Hallie Biden from a Walker LLC

President Biden dined at Hallie Biden's home in Delaware last week, according to a pool report filed by a reporter traveling with the president

President Biden dined at Hallie Biden’s home in Delaware last week, according to a pool report filed by a reporter traveling with the president

The memo also references Biden associate James Giliar.

‘After the Chinese company wired Robinson Walker, LLC the $3 million, the Biden family received approximately $1,065,692 over a three-month period in different bank accounts. Notably, EEIG, James Gilliar’s affiliated company, received almost the exact same amount— $1,065,000—on March 2, 2017.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House seeking comment on Comer’s revelations, which follow a series of appearances on Fox News,  

Comer says he issued the subpoena on Feb. 27.  He writes that it was in pursuit of ‘legislative solutions’ – a statement that recalls the court fight over Democratic efforts to claw tax information about President Donald Trump. They argued before the judge that it was part of their legislative purpose. 

Comer (R-Ky.) has been pushing to gain access to the information as part of what he terms the Biden family ‘influence peddling,’ and Treasury agreed to Monday’s request. 

That set up the chance for Comer staff, who are focusing their efforts on the business practices of Biden family members, to go to the Treasury Department to view the sensitive information in person. 

‘Oversight Committee staff will begin reviewing “suspicious activity reports” via camera at the Treasury Department on Wednesday afternoon. The SARs are those included in Chairman Comer’s January 11 request,’ a committee spokeswoman told DailyMail.com.

House Oversight Chairman James Comer, (r) R-Ky., has secured the opportunity for committee staff to view suspicious activity reports filed by financial institutions

House Oversight Chairman James Comer, (r) R-Ky., has secured the opportunity for committee staff to view suspicious activity reports filed by financial institutions

CBS News reported that financial institutions made 150 ‘suspicious activity filings’ concerning wire transactions for Hunter Biden or the president’s brother James Biden. The reports trigger security review, including large wire transfers, but it does not necessarily mean anything improper occurred. 

The committee action comes after Comer quietly subpoenaed Bank of America for financial records on a Hunter Biden associate.

Comer, and a pair of senior Republican senators who probed Hunter Biden before the 2020 election, have long had their sights on business dealings in China and Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian energy company.

A source said Democratic staff would also have access to the SAR reports and would be reviewing the material.

The House Oversight Committee chair claimed he has obtained new Treasury and banking records potentially implicating an unnamed Biden ‘family member’ who has not previously been identified as taking part in what has been described as ‘influence peddling.’

The Kentucky congressman made the comment to Fox News after announcing that his panel has obtained Treasury Department documents known as ‘suspicious activity reports’ that it has been requesting.

His claim comes days after it was revealed that the committee quietly subpoenaed Bank of America for financial tractions information on a Hunter Biden associate John R. Walker. 

‘I’m not going to disclose that new name because that really changes things, because what we assumed was this was just about the president’s son and two brothers, but now there’s a new name that’s emerged. And they are a Biden,’ Comer told Fox News host Bill Hemmer Tuesday. 

‘So we’ve got a problem here with respect to trying to determine what exactly this family was doing to receive these transactions from China,’ he said, suggesting a coordinated effort. ‘This is important, and I think every American should be concerned about this issue of national security.’

Daytime host Bill Hemmer told the new panel chair the information seemed ‘important,’ then cautioned, ‘Let’s see where it goes.’ 

‘It’s been five years – long time to be investigating,’ Hemmer added. 

The documents are being viewed 'in camera' at Treasury, rather than being handed over to the committee

The documents are being viewed ‘in camera’ at Treasury, rather than being handed over to the committee

James Comer said a 'new name' has emerged in his committee's investigation, and the person is 'a Biden.' Comer specified that the person is not Hunter Biden, or the president's brothers Frank or Joe Biden – meaning it was someone new

James Comer said a ‘new name’ has emerged in his committee’s investigation, and the person is ‘a Biden.’ Comer specified that the person is not Hunter Biden, or the president’s brothers Frank or Joe Biden – meaning it was someone new

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The White House has long denied President Biden knew the inner workings of his family members’ business.

That came hours after Comer made a similar claim on opinion host Sean Hannity’s program, where he spelled out that the Bank of America records revealed a $3 million transaction from a Chinese energy company to Walker, the Biden associate.   

‘Two weeks ago, Sean, I subpoenaed a bank for records for three different former Hunter Biden business associates. One of those associates in particular, was Rob Walker. We got his account. We confirmed that account around two months after Joe Biden left the office of Vice-President, received a three-million-dollar wire from two individuals directly associated with the Chinese Communist Party.’

He said the following day, the Walker account ‘started transferring money into three different Biden family members’ accounts, including a new Biden family member that’s never before been identified as someone being involved in the influence-peddling scheme.’

He called it ‘very serious information.’

‘It does show a pattern that the Biden family was receiving money directly from China, and the question I have, Sean is what were they doing in return for that money? This is just one account; there are many more accounts and many more associates,’ he said. 

Hunter Biden is under federal investigation related to tax matters and finances. After Republicans won the House, Comer said he would probe 'influence peddling'

Hunter Biden is under federal investigation related to tax matters and finances. After Republicans won the House, Comer said he would probe ‘influence peddling’

Comer did not provide evidence of wrongdoing by Biden family members, and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have previously issued a report detailing transfers to an LLC for Walker’s company. 

His accusations came a day after top panel Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin penned a blistering letter accusing Comer of running a ‘political dragnet’ seeking to unearth private details on Walker’s life, with bank records covering a ‘staggering 14-year period.’

Raskin appears to have learned about the subpoena from the majority, but he chastised Comer in his Sunday letter for brushing past a customary 48-hour notice period.

And he accuses Comer of intruding into the private details of Walker, who was involved in a joint venture with Chinese firm CEFC energy, part of what Comer casts as a web of entanglements benefitting Biden family members.

Raskin called the Bank of America subpoena ‘wildly overbroad.’ He also noted that Comer had sought documents from the ‘estranged mother of Hunter Biden’s child’ who sued him for paternity and child support, a reference to Lunden Alexis Roberts. 

Comer claimed three different Biden family members got ‘a cut’ from the $3 million he mentioned, and dismissed the idea it could be for services rendered. 

‘So, our question is, what exactly did they do to receive that money? What was the purpose of that $3 million wire?’

‘Now, that’s just the first wire that we’ve actually been able to obtain bank records,’ he continued. ‘There are many, many more.’

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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