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(The Center Square) — House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., advanced the investigation of President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, on Wednesday by calling a federal agency that could withhold information.

Comer shed light on the National Archives and Records Administration, the federal records-keeping agency that alerted the Justice Department when former President Donald Trump allegedly retained classified documents. Comer says NARA withheld certain information, claiming it is “personal.”

“During discussions between NARA and Committee staff regarding the Committee’s previous request for special access to the Vice President’s records, NARA informed the Committee that certain documents held by NARA would not be presented to the Committee – and, in indeed, NARA would not inform the Committee. of their existence – if NARA considers these records to be “personal records” as defined by the PRA,” Comer said in a statement. letter to Archivist of the United States Colleen Shogan.

Comer pushed that sentiment away.

“However, ‘personal records’ are defined as those records ‘that do not relate to or affect the performance of the constitutional, statutory or other official or ceremonial duties’ of the Vice President,” says the letter. “The Committee has made clear that its investigation involves potential abuse by Vice President Biden of his official duties; it cannot be NARA that determines whether certain documents “do not relate to or affect” these functions.

Comer’s letter is part of an ongoing effort to find out how much President Biden was now aware of and involved in his son Hunter’s business dealings. IRS whistleblowers testified that the Biden family and associates received approximately $20 million from foreign entities, including in Ukraine and China, through about 20 front companies.

Devon Archer, longtime associate of Hunter Biden, has said publicly that Hunter used his father’s phone calls to help him get deals.

“Joe Biden never built an ‘absolute wall’ between his family’s business dealings and his official government work — his office doors were wide open to Hunter Biden associates,” Comer said in a letter to the Archivist of the United States Colleen Shogan. “There is evidence of collusion in efforts to disseminate media stories about corruption in Burma, as Vice President Biden publicly promoted an anti-corruption agenda in Ukraine. »

As The Center Square previously reported, Biden hunter faces a series of legal challenges related to alleged gun crimes, taxes and foreign influence. Special Counsel David Weiss said in a court filing Wednesday that Hunter could face another indictment before September 19.

“Suspiciously, Hunter Biden’s associate had a media statement about Burma endorsed by Vice President Biden himself on the same day Hunter Biden ‘called DC’ for help with the government pressure facing Burma,” the letter said. “Americans are demanding accountability for this abuse of government power for the benefit of the Biden family. »

Comer also asked NARA for information on Air Force Two, which Hunter Biden allegedly used to travel in some of his relationships.