The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee published a memo Thursday alleging that Hunter Biden and at least two relatives were paid $1.3 million from an associate of the president's son who had links to a Chinese energy company.
The alleged payments came after the associate, Rob Walker, was wired $3 million in March 2017 from a Chinese energy company affiliated with another company that Hunter Biden had been doing business with. The recipients of the $1.3 million in payments were Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden and Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter's brother Beau Biden, Comer said.
"It is unclear what services were provided to obtain this exorbitant amount of money," Comer said.
While the $3 million figure and the payments to Hunter Biden were previously reported almost a year ago, Comer's memorandum highlighted what the committee described as "new evidence" obtained from a subpoena of Walker's bank records — two payments totaling $35,000 that went to Hallie Biden in 2017.
"The Committee is concerned about the information revealed in these bank records," including "why Hallie Biden — publicly reported to work as a school counselor — received money" from Walker's firm, the memo said.
Hunter Biden acknowledged during a 2019 interview with The New Yorker magazine that Hallie Biden was romantically involved with him during that period.
A lawyer for Hunter Biden did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a representative for James Biden declined to comment. An attempt to reach Hallie Biden for comment was unsuccessful.
White House spokesman Ian Sams responded Thursday to Comer's memo by noting that the Kentucky Republican had suggested in an interview with Fox Business earlier this month that the Delaware U.S. Attorney investigating Hunter Biden for tax fraud should have prosecuted Beau Biden, who died in 2015.
"After a disgusting attack lamenting that the President’s deceased son Beau was never prosecuted while he was alive, Congressman Comer has now decided to go after Beau’s widow," Sams said in a statement. "Instead of bizarrely attacking the President’s family, perhaps House Republicans should focus on working with the President to deliver results for American families on important priorities like lowering costs and strengthening health care.”
Comer said his committee "is concerned about the national security implications resulting from President Biden’s family receiving millions of dollars from foreign nationals" and "will continue to follow the money trail and facts to determine if President Biden is compromised by his family’s business schemes and if there is a national security threat.”
Dareh Gregorian is a politics reporter for NBC News.