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(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, suspects “at least 12” Biden family members were doing business overseas.

Comer appeared on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” to go through the Oversight Committee’s findings on the Biden family’s foreign business dealings.

“So they were trying to make it look like the numbers were lower because they were disbursing money to other family members. How many family members were involved,?” Bartiromo asked.

“Well, right now we have nine, but I believe in the end the number will be at least 12. I mean, this was the Biden family influence peddling scheme. And, you know, when people say, well, they were involved in ventures around the world, I haven’t found a legitimate business on the Biden end, Maria. I’ve found legitimate businesses that were paying the LLCs that were then turning around and laundering the money back to the Bidens, but I haven’t found any legitimate business dealings on the Biden end,” Comer responded.

“It looks like if there was a legitimate business dealing in any of these LLCs, it was influence peddling. And if you want to get technical and you want to get to a legal term, that’s called being a foreign agent. They weren’t registered as a foreign agent and I’m sure the ethics laws would prevent immediate family members of high ranking government officials from being foreign agents. Either way this is bad. There are more laws that appear to me that have been broken than just tax evasion, and there are a lot more Bidens involved than just the president’s son and his brother,” Comer continued.

Federal prosecutors are reportedly considering charges against Hunter Biden, the president’s son, related to tax evasion and gun possession. The House Oversight Committee’s investigators have focused on Hunter’s involvement with Ukrainian and Chinese business entities. Payments between multiple Biden family members and business associate Rob Walker were disclosed by the committee in March. Walker provided the payments shortly after he was wired $3 million from a Chinese energy company.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Hunter Biden debuted his new art exhibit at a New York City art gallery. His pieces are on sale for $85,000 each.

The exhibit, titled “Bridging the Abstract,” opened in a gallery owned by artist Georges Berges. Biden was one of several artists featured. Works of renowned artists, such as Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler, were also on display. The first son submitted three paintings in an abstract style.

Despite skepticism from critics, Berges defended Biden’s paintings as perfect for his exhibition.

“I was thinking of this show as new and abstract artists,” Berges told the outlet at the opening of the showing. “And I saw a lot of aspects of [Biden’s] work from a historical sense, and it fit really nicely into the exhibition.”

“A lot of people are interested in his artwork,” he added. “The very serious people in the art world are taking note of his work.”

Berges said he believes that the first son has pure intentions with his art and is using it as a way to cope with his traumatic past of drug addiction and family deaths.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) is much less charitable than Berges toward Biden’s artwork, hinting that it may be a cover for something much more sinister.

“Hunter’s art dealer, Berges, has also made it clear that he intends to be the ‘lead guy’ in China for art,” Comer wrote. “Why would anyone pay Hunter top dollar for items that are arguably worthless? He’s no Pablo Picasso. As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, I will continue to push for transparency and answers for the American people to get to the bottom of who is buying Hunter’s art.”

Along with Comer’s concern, House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) questioned on Friday if Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating Hunter’s shady art deals.

“Is Alvin Bragg looking into Hunter Biden’s art sales and business records in New York City?” Jordan asked on Twitter Friday. “Outrageous.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – The former senior FBI counterintelligence official who played a lead role in the Trump-Russia investigation has been arrested and charged over his own alleged ties to a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

“Charles McGonigal, the former Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Counter intelligence Division in New York, who retired in 2018, is accused of violating U.S. sanctions by agreeing to provide services to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch. He is charged alongside Sergey Shestakov, a former Soviet and Russian diplomat who later became a U.S. citizen and a Russian interpreter for courts and government offices, through a five-count indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Monday,” Fox News reported.

“McGonigal and Shestakov both were arrested Saturday. The indictment is a rare move by federal prosecutors to bring charges against a senior former FBI official before a federal grand jury. Though not referenced in or related to the indictment, McGonigal, while serving as chief of the cybercrimes section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., was one of the first bureau officials to learn of allegations George Papadopoulos, a campaign adviser for Donald Trump, boasted that he knew Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, launching the investigation into alleged Russian election interference known as Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” the outlet added.

McGonigal and Shestakov “both previously worked with Deripaska to attempt to have his sanctions removed, and, as public servants, they should have known better,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams said in a statement. “This Office will continue to prosecute those who violate U.S. sanctions enacted in response to Russian belligerence in Ukraine in order to line their own pockets.”

Fox News reported: “Both men are charged with one count of conspiring to violate and evade U.S. sanctions, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”), one count of violating the IEEPA, one count of conspiring to commit money laundering, and one count of money laundering, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Shestakov is also charged with one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, prosecutors said.”

It was then-President Barack Obama who in 2014 issued Executive Order 13660, which declared a national emergency with respect to the situation in Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea.

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) designated Deripaska as a Specially Designated National (“SDN”), sanctioning him for acting on behalf of a senior official of the Russian Federation’s government and for operating in the Russian energy sector.

In 2021, the two defendants agreed to and did investigate a rival Russian oligarch of Deripaska in return for concealed payments from Derispaska, in violation of sanctions the United States imposed in 2018, the indictment says. McGonigal and Shestakov allegedly knew their actions violated U.S. sanctions because, among other reasons, while serving as special agent in charge, McGonigal received then-classified information that Deripaska would be added to a list of oligarchs considered for sanctions.

“The FBI is committed to the enforcement of economic sanctions designed to protect the United States and our allies, especially against hostile activities of a foreign government and its actors,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll said. “Russian oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska perform global malign influence on behalf of the Kremlin and are associated with acts of bribery, extortion, and violence.”

“After sanctions are imposed, they must be enforced equally against all U.S. citizens in order to be successful,” Driscoll added. “There are no exceptions for anyone, including a former FBI official like Mr. McGonigal. Supporting a designated threat to the United States and our allies is a crime the FBI will continue to pursue aggressively.”