House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer is now investigating Hunter Biden’s involvement in the 2016 sale of a US-owned cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a Communist Chinese company.
“The American people deserve answers regarding why the Obama Administration—whether at then-Vice President Biden’s behest or not—watched in silence as an American company transferred control of this precious asset to a Chinese conglomerate and why Hunter Biden was—yet again—involved in international matters on which he has no expertise,” said Comer, announcing the probe. “In this latest episode, Hunter Biden appears to have profited in the short-term directly from America’s long-term loss.”
Cobalt is a key mineral used in “green” energy programs pushed by the Obama and Biden White Houses. The investigation could become a full-blown congressional investigation in Republicans win control of the U.S. House in November’s midterm elections.
“According to a recent media report, Hunter Biden facilitated the sale of an American operated cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a Chinese company in 2016, dealing a severe blow to the United States’ ability to invest in renewable technology,” Comer’s office writes. “During this time, the Obama Administration was aware of cobalt’s importance to the global economy but did nothing to intervene in Hunter Biden’s Chinese-backed transaction.”
“The loss of African cobalt mines to the Chinese is a severe blow to the United States’ ability to invest in green technology and lead the world by example. It is potentially a national security threat, and it was a loss orchestrated in no small part by the President’s son,” said Comer. “While Hunter Biden might not care that his actions have been a boon to the Chinese and a detriment to the United States’ position of leadership on clean energy, Americans do.”
Comer has requested the Archivist of the United States provide him with all “documents and communications from the Executive Office of the President and Office of the Vice President from January 1, 2015 to January 20, 2017 regarding Hunter Biden facilitating the sale of the cobalt mine.”
Hunter Biden has no background or training in mining, and to many his sole qualification for the multi-million dollar deal was his status as the then-vice president’s son.
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