Republicans on the House Oversight Committee will vote Tuesday on a motion that may force the release of papers relating to Hunter Biden that the Biden administration, according to the Republicans, is improperly concealing from the probe.
The Republicans will consider Resolution 1243, which requests that “the President transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the adoption of this resolution, copies of any document, record, report, memorandum, correspondence, or other communication” pertaining to Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden. It requires the same documents for a list of potentially associated businesses or bank accounts.
Uncertain is if any Democrats will support the measure.
Since Biden became office, the U.S. Treasury Department “changed its policy for releasing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to Congress under the Bank Secrecy Act,” according to Comer’s office.
According to media estimates, at least 150 SARs have been made concerning Hunter Biden. Despite repeated requests, oversight lawmakers have not been allowed to view all of them or accompanying documents.
Rep. James Comer (R-Kentucky), the ranking Republican on the House Scrutiny Committee, stated, “We’ve repeatedly called on Biden’s Treasury Department to provide answers, but they are stonewalling congressional oversight.”
“We must pass this resolution to compel President Biden to hand over critical information about the Biden family’s international business schemes. Americans deserve transparency and accountability.”
In a letter sent earlier this month in response to Comer’s request, the Treasury Department cited concerns that the SBA papers are extremely confidential.
“Unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information – whether intentional or inadvertent – can also undermine potential or ongoing investigations or proceedings,” the letter said. “In addition, unauthorized use or disclosure of unverified information can unfairly damage the reputation of individuals, businesses, or other organizations.
Ultimately, the disclosure or improper use of this highly sensitive information can undermine the BSA’s statutory purposes and the Executive Branch’s conduct of law enforcement, intelligence, and national security activities. Given the critical need to protect this information, the BSA generally prohibits its disclosure except as specifically authorized by statute or regulation.”