House Republicans have issued several new subpoenas to associates of Hunter Biden, including his art dealer and one major Democrat donor who purchased at least one piece of his high-priced art.
On Thursday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) sent subpoenas to Hunter Biden’s business associates Eric Schwerin and Mervyn Yan, as well as his art dealer George Bergès and art patron Elizabeth Naftali. All of the subpoenas, which demand that the individuals appear to give depositions, are part of the committee’s investigation into potential influence-peddling surrounding the high-priced sales of Hunter Biden’s artwork. Comer has previously sent multiple requests to Bergès for interviews, all of which he has refused to respond to.
🚨 Over the last two days, @GOPoversight:
✅ Subpoenaed Hunter Biden
✅ Subpoenaed James Biden
✅ Subpoenaed Rob Walker
✅ Subpoenaed Eric Schwerin
✅ Subpoenaed Mervyn Yan
✅ Subpoenaed Elizabeth Naftali
✅ Subpoenaed Hunter's Art Dealer
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) November 10, 2023
Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Bergès’ lawyer accompanying the subpoena.
“Given the evidence the Committees have uncovered about how Hunter Biden and other Biden family members have attempted to conceal the source of the money they received from abroad, it is particularly critical for the Committees to understand the details regarding the sale of Hunter Biden’s artwork by your client’s gallery. The Committee will also seek information about any differences between the sale of Hunter Biden’s artwork and the sale of other artwork by your client’s gallery,” the letter read, in part.
The art dealer has been asked to appear for a deposition on December 15.
Meanwhile, Naftali is set to appear for a deposition on December 1. The Democrat megadonor’s purchase of a piece of Hunter Biden’s extremely expensive artwork has prompted concern among House Republicans, especially because she was recently appointed by President Joe Biden to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad — prompting speculation that the artwork purchase was actually a bribe to the president’s family for the position.
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) July 25, 2023
In their letter to Naftali’s lawyer, Comer and Jordan noted that her “anonymity regarding her purchase of Hunter Biden’s art is no more and her position on a prestigious commission within the Biden Administration raises the Committees’ concerns.”
Both Schwerin and Yan are close business associates of Hunter Biden, and have been requested to appear for depositions in December.
“Mr. Schwerin worked closely with the Biden family members, Biden associates, and Biden corporate entities that the Committees have identified as transferring millions of dollars to the Bidens, often from foreign sources,” Comer and Jordan wrote in a letter to Schwerin’s lawyer.
I'm not done issuing @GOPoversight subpoenas just yet.
Hunter Biden's Business Associates
✅ Eric Schwerin
✅ Mervyn Yan
Hunter's NYC & China Art Dealer
✅ George Bergès
Hunter’s Art Patron & Major Dem Donor
✅ Elizabeth Naftali
𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚. pic.twitter.com/oHDXoGXKYb
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) November 9, 2023
This round of subpoenas comes just a few days after Comer issued subpoenas for depositions from Hunter Biden, the president’s brother James Biden and former Biden family business associate Rob Walker. He also requested transcribed interviews from other individuals connected to the Biden family —including the president’s sister-in-law, Sara Biden; the president’s daughter-in-law, Hallie Biden; her sister, Elizabeth Secundy; Hunter Biden’s wife Melissa Cohen; and Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski.
.@RepJamesComer also requested additional Biden family members and their associates appear for transcribed interviews.
◼️ Sara Biden
◼️ Hallie Biden
◼️ Elizabeth Secundy
◼️ Melissa Cohen
◼️ Tony Bobulinski
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) November 8, 2023