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 September 6, 2023

Comer subpoenas Mayorkas, Secret Service for 2020 Hunter Biden tax probe tip

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other DHS and Secret Service personnel were subpoenaed by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, as Fox News reported.

The letter accuses the agencies of hindering a congressional inquiry and requests records and testimony relating to an alleged tip-off by the Secret Service to the Biden transition team about an upcoming interview with Hunter Biden in connection with a tax probe in 2020.

On Tuesday, letters and subpoenas were addressed to Mayorkas and Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle, and Fox News Digital reported they have reviewed the documents.

Comer sent six subpoenas: one for records, addressed to Secretary Mayorkas; five for depositions, two to Secret Service personnel, and three to DHS officials.

The subpoenas were acquired and examined by Fox News Digital who reported on the issue.

According to the publication, a DHS official denied that the agency "obstructed" the panel's examination and said that preparations had already begun to answer to the committee's inquiry before the subpoenas were issued.

"The Department of Justice initiated the Biden family coverup and now DHS under the leadership of Secretary Mayorkas is complicit in it," Comer told Fox News Digital.

"Investigators were never able to interview Hunter Biden during the criminal investigation because Secret Service headquarters and the Biden transition team were tipped off about the planned interview. This is just one of many examples of the misconduct and politicization during the Department of Justice’s investigation."

Comer stated that the Oversight Committee, along with the Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees, is pursuing interviews with crucial witnesses, such as Secret Service employees.

"The Department of Homeland Security is obstructing our investigation by muzzling the Secret Service from providing a response to Congress," he explained. "The American people deserve transparency, not obstruction."

Comer called for the testimony of K. Shiek Pal, DHS's director of oversight for the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), as well as Zephranie Buetow, OLA's assistant secretary, and Stephen Jonas, DHS's senior counselor to the general counsel.

Comer also summoned Secret Service officials Vincent Tutoni, assistant director of the Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs office, and David McKeown, acting special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Congressional Affairs program, to appear before the committee.

Comer continued by saying that the Republicans in the House "will hold the Biden Administration accountable for running interference for the Biden family’s corruption and criminal activity."

The subpoenas were issued after whistleblowers testified this year that prosecution choices were impacted by politics during the Hunter Biden probe, which was supervised by now-Special Counsel David Weiss.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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