House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., expanded the committee’s subpoenas on Thursday, targeting associates of Hunter Biden, including his art dealers. The new subpoenas were issued for Biden’s business associates Eric Schwerin and Mervyn Yan, gallerist George Berges, and art patron Elizabeth Naftali to provide depositions before the panel.
This move followed Comer’s subpoenas issued on the previous day for Hunter Biden, James Biden (President Joe Biden’s brother), and business associate Rob Walker. Additionally, Comer sought a transcribed interview with the trustee of Americore Holdings concerning “loan repayments” to James Biden via the company.
In a statement, Comer emphasized the committee’s thorough investigation into President Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s business dealings, asserting, “A plethora of bank records, texts, emails, and a transcribed interview with Biden family associate Devon Archer all show the Bidens and their business partners sold access to the highest levels of our government, including Joe Biden himself, to the detriment of America’s interests.”
The committee is reportedly probing financial records revealing over 20 shell companies set up by the Biden family, with allegations that these were created to conceal payments from foreign entities during Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president.
Subpoenas expected to be sent later in the week include Sara Biden (James Biden’s wife), Hallie Biden (widow of Beau Biden), Elizabeth Secundy (Hallie Biden’s sister), Hunter Biden’s wife Melissa Cohen, and former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski.
George Berges, who has allegedly refused cooperation with the investigation into Hunter Biden’s high-priced artwork sales, is now compelled to comply with the subpoena. Elizabeth Naftali, reported to have purchased one of Hunter Biden’s works for $500,000 from Berges’ gallery, is also a target.
Eric Schwerin, formerly managing director of Rosemont Seneca Partners (an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden), and Mervyn Yan, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, are included in the new subpoenas.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, voiced support for the subpoenas, stating, “Today’s subpoenas represent another step in holding President Biden accountable. House Republicans are committed to doing the oversight work that the American people deserve.”
The committee is additionally seeking transcribed interviews with Americore trustee Carol Fox, Joey Langston, John Hynansky, and Jason Galanis, the latter currently incarcerated after pleading guilty to multiple fraudulent schemes in January 2020.