Left calls on Comer to launch personal financial institution statements, tax returns amid Biden subpoenas

The political left struck again at House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer on Thursday by saying he ought to launch his previous financial institution statements and tax returns.

The request comes after a report Thursday by The Daily Beast that the Kentucky Republican has given loans to his brother Chad Comer after repeatedly saying that the mortgage that President Biden gave to his brother James Biden is obvious proof of unlawful acts.

Kyle Herrig, govt director of the Congressional Integrity Project, wrote a letter to Mr. Comer requesting 10 years of his returns and statements, saying he’s solely launched two years, whereas the president has launched 25 years.

“Unsatisfied with this unprecedented level of access to a president’s financial records, you’ve used your power to dig into his family members’ finances,” the letter mentioned. “Unable to find any wrongdoing there, you’ve purposefully chosen to misconstrue benign transactions between family members that occurred when President Biden was neither in office nor a candidate for office in order to push a false political narrative to harm the President.”

The left-leaning activist group’s letter mentioned that “accusing the President’s family of profiting off of his name is ironic coming from you.”

The letter and the report on the Comer household transaction comes after the Wednesday subpoenas of presidential son Hunter Biden, presidential brother James Biden and a number of other different relations.

It additionally comes weeks after the Oversight Committee demanded private financial institution data from Hunter Biden and James Biden.

Mr. Comer, who’s the top of the House’s impeachment inquiry, has accused the president of corruption and having ties with Hunter Biden’s international enterprise dealings whereas he was vp.

Late final month Mr. Comer began asking questions on a private verify for $200,000 that James Biden and his spouse, Sara Biden, gave to the president with the phrases “loan repayment” written on the entrance in 2018.

The chair mentioned he discovered the verify “troubling,” and that he didn’t “believe” there had ever really been a mortgage. CNN has reported that financial institution data it had reviewed confirmed substantial proof {that a} mortgage existed.

The report on the Comers by The Daily Beast confirmed that Mr. Comer and his brothers have achieved a number of land swaps through the years inside the farming enterprise that he co-owned together with his brother and used to run with their father, which concerned some huge cash.

One of the offers concerned $200,000 identical to the president’s. Some concerned shell corporations, whereas different land swaps have been accompanied by purposes for particular tax breaks, based on state data.

Over the years, Mr. Comer has held quite a few positions that concerned him in agriculture oversight.

Before being elected to the House in 2016, he spent years as Kentucky’s commissioner of agriculture. After he was elected, he served as a member of the 2018 farm invoice convention committee that obtained extra federal cash for farmers and sat on the House Agriculture Committee.

The report additionally acknowledged that there appeared to be no document of the Comer household farming enterprise or of a private firm that Mr. Comer mentioned he runs.

After his father died in 2019, Mr. Comer switched his enterprise from farming the land to leasing it, and the yr after he stopped being on the House Agriculture Committee, which is not listed on his governmental web site.

Comer has used his position of power to influence peddle, pass laws forgiving government loans for his family, and apparently change policy positions based on donations, all with a startling lack of transparency into his own financial dealings,” Mr. Herrig mentioned in an announcement.

“It’s clear he and his family have benefited from his position in Congress and the American people deserve to know the truth about his shady business practices,” he mentioned.

The Washington Times has reached out to Mr. Comer for remark.