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Biden used false identity as vice president to cover his tracks: Report

 August 18, 2023

House Republicans, led by Oversight Chairman James Comer (KY-01), have initiated an investigation into President Joe Biden's reported use of a pseudonym while serving as vice president.

Comer submitted an official request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on Thursday, seeking all unrestrained records pertaining to Biden's responsibilities as vice president that coincide with his son Hunter's engagements in Ukraine, Daily Wire reported.

Focus Of the Inquiry

The lawmaker primarily focuses on documents in which Joe Biden allegedly used a fake name. This includes communication involving Hunter Biden and his former business associates Eric Schwerin and Devon Archer and drafts of Biden's 2015 speech to Ukraine's Parliament.

The chairman demanded access under the Presidential Records Act (PRA) to specific email messages related to Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy firm that employed Hunter Biden as a member of its board, an association that has previously attracted attention from investigators.

Redacted Records Raise Questions

The records requested by Comer have previously been redacted under the PRA and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Comer expressed concerns about certain withholdings, specifically a document suggesting that Vice President Biden communicated with Ukraine's president on May 27, 2016, under the name 'Robert L. Peters' -- an identified pseudonym.

The Committee has raised specific questions regarding why only Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, was included as a recipient in an email to then-vice president Biden.

Requesting Complete Transparency

Comer requested that NARA furnish the necessary documents by the end of August. He stated that these documents are essential to Congress' work in developing "legislative solutions" for improving ethics laws and disclosure rules.

The Kentucky Republican wrote, "The Committee is concerned that foreign nationals have sought access and influence by engaging in lucrative business relationships with high-profile political figures' immediate family members, including members of the Biden family."

NARA confirmed receipt of Comer's request and pledged to comply with the PRA's requirements. Previously, Joe Biden has asserted that he never discussed business with Hunter, Fox News reported.

Contradictory evidence, however, has emerged. Statements from Archer, a former business partner of Hunter's, indicate numerous interactions between the then-vice president and foreign associates.

Democrats' Reactions and Ongoing Controversy

Although Archer's statements describe the conversations as casual, the mere association with the Biden name has been deemed significant in business ventures.

Comer stressed the evidence of Biden's engagements with his son's foreign business partners and the necessity for the National Archives to release unredacted records to continue investigating potential corruption within the Biden family.

Democrats on the oversight panel have dismissed the investigation into the Bidens, arguing that Republicans found no evidence of misconduct by the president and are merely attempting to divert attention from the criminal cases against former President Donald Trump.

Hunter Biden faces a separate criminal inquiry that includes tax evasion and gun charges. Concerns have also arisen over the president's potential susceptibility to influence peddling due to payments to the Biden family from foreign sources.

Last month, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) hinted that the investigation into the Biden family's finances might escalate to the level of an impeachment inquiry. Comer has signaled that subpoenas for the Biden family may be forthcoming.

With the approaching 2024 presidential election cycle, the focus on ethics, transparency, and the potential legal implications for the Biden family will likely remain a prominent issue.