Republican Rep. James Comer slams White House over Hunter Biden silence

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Republican Rep. James Comer slams White House over Hunter Biden silence

First son Hunter Biden likely still owns a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm with ties to the Communist government in Beijing, Rep. James Comer said Tuesday, after White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether he had sold it.

“The fact that Jen Psaki couldn’t say ‘Yes, Hunter Biden divested his stake in that Chinese holding’ tells me that he probably still owns it,” the Kentucky Republican told “Fox & Friends First” before adding that “the law applies to everyone but Hunter Biden, in Hunter Biden’s mind.

“And between the ownership of this Chinese company and his art dealings that we believe are going to China, the fact that the administration won’t disclose this, they won’t say, ‘We’ve got a problem with our son,’ it’s just another example of failed leadership.”

First son Hunter Biden likely still owns a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm with ties to the Communist government in Beijing, Rep. James Comer said Tuesday, after White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether he had sold it.
It was reported in April that Hunter Biden’s company, Skaneateles LLC, owned 10 percent of BHR Partners.
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In April, the Daily Caller reported that Hunter Biden’s company, Skaneateles LLC, owned 10 percent of BHR Partners, which is controlled by the state-run Bank of China and handles mergers, acquisitions, and investments involving Chinese government-run businesses.

When Psaki was asked for an update Monday on whether Hunter had sold his stake, she initially answered: “I’d point you to his representatives on that. He [Hunter] doesn’t work in the administration.”

When Newsmax correspondent Emerald Robinson attempted to follow up, Psaki reiterated her earlier answer before telling the reporter: “There’s no reason to yell. I’m certainly not yelling. You should talk to his representatives. That remains his policy. He’s been working to wind that down. Beyond that, I would talk to his representatives.”

First son Hunter Biden likely still owns a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm with ties to the Communist government in Beijing, Rep. James Comer said Tuesday, after White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether he had sold it.
Hunter Biden likely still owns a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm with ties to the Chinese Communist Party, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) said.
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“If this had been the Trump family, I can’t imagine what the Democrats in Congress and the liberal media would be doing right now,” Comer said Tuesday morning. “Hunter Biden has already committed more unethical behavior with foreign nationals than any family member in the history of the presidency and we’ve got to do something about this.”

BHR Partners was founded in 2013 — with Hunter’s firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, initially sharing a 30 percent stake with the Thornton Group run by James Bulger, the son of longtime Massachusetts state Senate President Billy Bulger.

In December of that year, Hunter accompanied his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden to China on board Air Force Two. The New Yorker reported in July 2019 that during the trip, Hunter arranged for future BHR CEO Johnathan Li to introduce himself to Hunter’s father.

First son Hunter Biden likely still owns a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm with ties to the Communist government in Beijing, Rep. James Comer said Tuesday, after White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether he had sold it.
Jen Psaki declined to say whether Hunter Biden had sold his stake in BHR Partners.
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In October 2019, Hunter Biden gave up his seat on BHR’s board. His lawyer announced the move on the same day then-candidate Joe Biden vowed that “no one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country.”

Comer called last month for the Oversight Committee to investigate the forthcoming sale of Hunter Biden’s art, which critics allege could earn the first son millions from buyers seeking to curry favor with his father’s administration.

“House Republicans are just investigating everything Hunter Biden’s doing with respect to foreign nationals now,” he said Tuesday, “because it’s illegal, it’s unethical and it creates a situation where Joe Biden can be compromised to some of these foreign companies.”

Last year, The Post published a series of exposes on Hunter’s lucrative work for Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm, less than a year before Joe Biden pressed Kiev government officials to fire a prosecutor investigating corruption, including at Burisma.

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