Members of the House Oversight Committee are ramping up their efforts to investigate allegations against President Joe Biden, with plans to hold a hearing this Thursday and a number of other interviews and depositions in the days and weeks to follow.
The hearing, titled “The Basis for an Impeachment Inquiry of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.,” will be conducted by Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and focus on “constitutional and legal questions” surrounding claims that Biden improperly used his influence as vice president for his and his son's personal financial gain.
In addition, Comer's office announced last week their intention to subpoena bank records of Biden's son Hunter and brother James, in order to further investigate potential wrongdoing.
The hearing is just the beginning of the committee's inquiry, as other chairmen, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jason Smith (R-MO), are leading a separate investigation into allegations from Internal Revenue Service whistleblowers regarding the Justice Department's handling of the case against Hunter Biden.
So far, four interviews have taken place with FBI officials and IRS agents, which have corroborated portions of the whistleblowers' accounts. These include allegations that DOJ's investigation into Hunter Biden moved slowly and that U.S. attorneys refused to work with special counsel David Weiss to bring charges against him, resulting in key statutes of limitations running out.
Jordan has scheduled two more depositions for this week, subpoenaing officials from DOJ's Tax Division, with tentative dates set for the remaining seven officials involved in the investigation.
In a letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, Jordan stated that he was willing to interview Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf on Friday, who is alleged to have hindered federal investigators in the Hunter Biden case according to whistleblower testimony.
The chairman also specified dates for interviews with Weiss himself and other key players involved in the case, including U.S. Attorneys Matthew Graves and Martin Estrada.
Negotiations for these interviews are still ongoing, and it is unclear if any of the dates have been finalized. The DOJ did not respond to requests for comment.
As House Republicans gear up for their first hearing on the impeachment inquiry, it is clear that they have a number of individuals in their crosshairs. With evidence mounting against the president and his actions, it remains to be seen what further revelations the committee's investigation will bring to light.