Rep. James Comer said Republicans have to keep investigating Hunter Biden's entire life.
"We believe he's compromised Joe Biden," Comer said, though no evidence to date backs him up.
If the GOP retakes the House this fall, Comer would the power to probe deeper as oversight chair.
Rep. James Comer said poring over every facet of Hunter Biden's life isn't something Republicans want to do if they reclaim control of the House after the midterm elections so much as it's something they feel obligated to follow through on.
"The reason we're investigating Hunter Biden is because we believe he's compromised Joe Biden," the Kentucky Republican told reporters at the US Capitol on Thursday.
Comer, who stands to become chairman of the House oversight panel if Republicans flip enough seats this fall, billed his ongoing probe into the business and personal dealings of President Joe Biden's scandal-plagued youngest son as patriotism, not political payback.
"We've already brought forth more evidence of wrongdoing with Hunter Biden in foreign countries than Adam Schiff ever brought forward with Donald Trump or Jared Kushner or anyone else," Comer said when asked if avenging the embattled former president played any role in continuing to dig for dirt on the younger Biden.
To date no evidence has substantiated GOP claims that Hunter Biden's work influenced policy decisions made during his father's three stints in the White House or that Joe Biden has somehow profited from Hunter's dealings.
That hasn't stopped Comer and other House Republicans from claiming that the entire Biden family is dangerously corrupt.
Comer mapped out plans to run Hunter Biden through the wringer last fall, and dubbed the political scion "a national security risk" this summer.
Biden aides began preparing for an investigatory backlash this spring, anticipating that gavel-wielding House Republicans would likely come after the president, Hunter Biden, and key administration officials the first chance they get.
At least for now, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy seems uncomfortable with plowing into impeachment proceedings should he become speaker.
"We will not play politics with it," McCarthy told reporters Thursday morning.