White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer a question Wednesday about the payments alleged by House Republicans. President Biden’s family received from a Chinese energy company.
“House Oversight says they have bank records showing a Chinese energy company paying three members of the Biden family through a third party. What were they paid?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked at the White House’s daily press briefing.
“Look, I’m just not going to answer that from here,” Jean-Pierre responded quickly. “Look, we’ve heard from House Republicans for years, and years, and years of inaccuracies and lies when it comes to this issue.”
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“I don’t know where to even begin to answer that question because, again, it’s been lies, and lies, and falsehoods over the last few years. And I’m not even going to get into it here,” he said.
Jean-Pierre’s refusal to answer comes after the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., disclosing that financial records it obtained showed that “at least three family members” received lucrative payments from a bank account owned by a Biden business associate who partnered with Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, the president’s brother, in a joint-venture called Sinohawk Holdings, intended to be a partnership along with Chinese energy firm CEFC.
According to records, the Biden family received $1 million in payments, although Biden denied any payments had been made when approached by a reporter about the subject last Friday.
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Liberal news network CNN, however, admitted last week that the revelations certainly do not “look good” for the Bidens as they face government investigations into their alleged corruption.
Comer has since called on Biden to correct his “dishonest” denial of the payments and has stood by the bank records obtained by his committee. “The Committee is concerned about the national security implications of the immediate family of a President or Vice President accepting such lucrative financial deals with foreign nationals and foreign companies without any oversight. ,” Comer wrote in a letter to Jean-Pierre on Tuesday.
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Brooke Singman and Gabriel Hays of Fox News contributed to this report.