Former president Donald Trump has weighed in on what congressional investigators say is a $200,000 “direct payment” made to President Joe Biden, unearthed as part of a Republican probe into the Biden family’s business dealings and alleged schemes of influence peddling.
“Check please,” President Trump wrote in the post, which featured a screengrab of Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly holding a facsimile of a personal check for $200,000 made out to “Joseph R. Biden Jr.”
It was issued by President Biden’s brother and sister-in-law, James and Sara Biden, and is dated March 1, 2018.
Mr. Comer, who has demanded that President Biden provide documentation proving that money was indeed a loan repayment and not something else, has suggested that this direct payment may be the strongest evidence yet that the president may have been directly involved in his family’s business dealings.
“Even if this was a personal loan repayment, it’s still troubling that Joe Biden’s ability to be paid back by his brother depended on the success of his family’s shady financial dealings,” Mr. Comer said in a statement.
On the same date that is featured on the check to President Biden (March 1, 2018), Americore wired a $200,000 loan to James and Sara Biden’s personal bank account.
A copy of the check was obtained as part of the House Oversight Committee’s long-running investigation into the president and his family’s business affairs.
White House spokesperson Ian Sams has dismissed the check as a “new distraction” and another of the “silly political stunts” of Republicans meant to damage President Biden politically.
“When interrogated by a reporter about allegations of bribery, Biden said, ‘Where’s the money? Well, it looks like House Republicans have found the money,” the letter continued.
“The coincidences just keep piling up,” the fundraising email concluded. “Anyone with even a drop of common sense will tell you that Joe Biden is a CROOK.”
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