A core focus of that endeavor will be Biden’s work with Chinese government-tied Harves Group and particularly his ties with the firm’s president, Francis “Fran” Person, who worked in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2014, Fox News reported.
“The Biden family’s suspicious business dealings with companies tied to Communist China are a national security threat,” Rep. James Comer (R-KY), who is poised to lead the powerful House Oversight Committee, told the news outlet. “The Bidens sold access to foreign adversaries like China to enrich themselves to the detriment of American interests.”
Person was elevated to the head of Harves Group, a Washington, D.C.-based firm, in 2015, shortly after leaving the Obama administration. The group’s founder has ties to the Chinese Communist Party, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act filing, and had done work with a top CCP official.
At one point, Person invited Hunter Biden on a trip to China, but the first son did not appear to take him up on that offer, Fox News reported. Hunter Biden and his business partner Eric Schwerin also helped Person vie for Congress for the Democratic nod to oust Rep. Mick Mulvaney, but Person ultimately lost the race. Then-Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser for Person for that contest in 2016, according to the report.
The older Biden has denied wrongdoing or knowledge of his son’s business deals. In addition to the China front, Republicans are eager to delve into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings more broadly. This could involve links between Joe Biden’s diplomatic maneuvers in Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s allies are reportedly at odds over how best to approach the coming GOP blitz against his son, deliberating over whether to be aggressive or have Hunter Biden keep his head down.
Hunter Biden is facing a federal investigation for various tax offenses and a false statement about a gun purchase. In October, the Washington Post reported that many federal officials believe they have amassed sufficient evidence to lodge criminal charges against him.