Democrats spent four years investigating former President Donald Trump and his administration for nearly everything.
Now, Republicans are itching to look deeper into allegations that President Joe Biden’s family is using his position of power to make lucrative business deals with foreign countries and partners.
But, Republicans apparently worry their options are scant given Democrats control both chambers of Congress.
“We need to understand the extent of the Biden family’s use of its connection to the president to enrich itself and any steps being taken to mitigate future self-dealing,” said a Republican spokesperson for the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
“The biggest thing we can do is just ask these questions,” said Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, who sits on the Oversight Committee.
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“And in some respects, we have to rely on reporters, like yourself, to be able to ask these questions as well and try to do some digging. My hope is that the White House doesn’t just stonewall us with a ‘Come on, man’ statement or a weak response by the press secretary,” Donalds added.
The Denver-Gazette reported:
Republican lawmakers and staffers working on two of Capitol Hill’s leading investigative panels, the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, want to pursue, for example, the latest report on the president’s potential ethical problems.
This time, it’s Biden’s son-in-law who’s alleged to have touted his links to the two-term vice president.
Howard Krein has been married to Ashley Biden since 2012. He’s a head and shoulder surgeon who’s also StartUp Health’s chief medical adviser.
Since Krein co-founded StartUp Health with his brother, Steven, and entrepreneur Unity Stoakes in 2011, the company has injected almost $2 billion into more than 350 ventures.
That’s an issue after reports this week that a tech firm approached StartUp Health in December for help marketing its coronavirus vaccine distribution software to state and federal agencies.
The report added:
StartUp Health, though, has promoted Krein’s cancer research facility tours with Joe Biden, an Oval Office meeting with former President Barack Obama, and even an excerpt from Joe Biden’s memoir.
Joe Biden has addressed an annual StartUp Health conference twice as a private citizen too.
The allegations that Krein could be manipulating his proximity to Biden to make money from the pandemic “are deeply concerning,” a Republican Oversight Committee spokesperson said.
“Unfortunately, this follows numerous reports about President Biden’s family attempting to profit from their access to the White House,” the spokesperson said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was recently asked about several members of Biden’s family apparently peddling access for money, and she gave a horrendous answer.
“The president has made clear that there will be an absolute wall between him and any businesses connected with his family members,” she added, even though incidents keep arising.
Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, said “firewalls” had been established in the past to avoid breaches.
“But it really falls on the senior [administration] officials to kind of police that and keep the families in check,” Amey said.
Donalds indicated that he supports Congress acting to ensure no public servants or their family members make money from senior government positions.
“What you are really seeing is the way Congress has really diluted its power and authority to the executive branch just because they happen to share the same party,” he said. “This is not a good place for the country to be. Congress has a responsibility to ask these questions of the president and of the president’s family.”