If Republicans take control of the House in 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’ Washington Chief Correspondent Major Garrett for this week’s “The Takeout” podcast.
“I believe his son is so corrupt,” Comer said.
He accused Hunter Biden of cashing in on his last name and Joe Biden of protecting his son’s interests.
“Any parent would probably do that,” he said. “But the problem is that Hunter Biden is a threat to national security.”
President Biden said he had no involvement in his son’s business. Hunter Biden’s business ties are being scrutinized by the Justice Department.
Garrett asked whether the committee has enough evidence to link Hunter Biden and his father and whether that could amount to impeachment proceedings against the president.
“I haven’t seen it yet,” Comer said.
Comer, who hopes to become chairman of the committee in a Republican-controlled chamber, is concerned that the Justice Department could file an indictment against Hunter Biden after the election, inadvertently helping the president’s son by thwarting the investigation.
“This indictment would make it difficult for our subpoena to be effective with Hunter,” Comer said, adding that a possible appointment of a special attorney for Hunter’s case would make it “impossible” to get Hunter to testify before a congressional inquiry. committee.
Who else could get a subpoena if and when Comer takes the president’s gavel? Infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The Doctor. Fauci maintained that COVID-19 likely resulted from a “naturally occurring” as opposed to a laboratory leak in Wuhan, China, telling a Senate committee this week that the virus likely jumped from “an animal host, perhaps through from an intermediate host, into a human species, which then spread throughout the human population.”
Comer does not believe this analysis and suggests that the government is not doing enough to uncover the origins of the disease.
“We’re not giving up on this,” Comer told Garrett. “I think the American people deserve to know the truth about COVID 19. They deserve a government to really try to find the truth about the origin of COVID 19.”
In an earlier episode of “The Takeout”,he would welcome congressional scrutiny of his work and has nothing to hide.
Comer also wants to investigate 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 monthly high – he says government policies are inviting “even more people” to come.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, he said, would be the main target of impeachment.
“He’s at the top of the list because he’s not doing his job at the border. He’s getting worse every day.”
Comer has represented his Kentucky district in Congress since 2017 and regularly flies home with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Comer said McConnell and President Trump never “loved” each other and the relationship has only deteriorated since Trump lost his re-election in 2020.
“I think one of the things that Trump never liked about McConnell is the fact that, ultimately, he tried to get to 60 (Senate votes). And if you get to 60, you’re going to have to get some Democrats along the way. .”
A “round firing squad doesn’t seem to do your side much good,” Comer lamented.
Highlights from this week’s episode:
- If there will be another mass shooting in America: “Well, I hope there’s never another mass shooting, but I believe there are 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. of the day, you cannot legislate against evil. So, unfortunately, there will probably be more shootings in the United States. But I believe we need to do everything in our power in Congress to try to make our schools harder, make them more fortified so that the shootings don’t happen in a school. We shouldn’t have a school where a shooter can physically enter the street.”
- Arm teachers in schools: “I feel comfortable with teachers with guns. Now my mother was a public school teacher. She wouldn’t want to be armed, but she would have been fine with other teachers who were skilled in shooting, who would have voluntarily gone to take training classes. She would have been fine with that. I think if you look at what Kentucky tried to do, we say it gives teachers the choice. If you want to be armed and you’re willing to take lessons to train, then you might be armed in school. But If you are a teacher who is afraid of guns, doesn’t want any gun parts, then you shouldn’t be forced to have guns. So that’s what I support, support.”
- Leadership by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “You know, he, it’s hard to be the leader. Unfortunately, it’s a partisan business that we’re in. If you’re the leader of your conference, whether it’s Pelosi or Kevin McCarthy or Mitch McConnell or Chuck Schumer, it’s a partisan business where you are. So there are 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