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WASHINGTON — An in depth private affiliate of Joe and Hunter Biden met with the House Oversight and Accountability Committee earlier this yr to reply questions in regards to the Biden household’s funds.

Republicans now say the assembly didn’t rely.

Eric Schwerin, a former Hunter Biden enterprise accomplice who additionally did bookkeeping work for Joe Biden, informed committee employees in March that the president had no involvement in his son’s enterprise offers, opposite to Republican claims which have led to an impeachment inquiry within the House of Representatives.

Democrats have repeatedly cited the interview this yr, however a spokesperson for committee Republicans informed Fox News final week that the committee “never interviewed Schwerin,” apparently as a result of the session was not transcribed like different witness interviews.

“There was a meeting but it was about document production,” the spokesperson stated. “There has never been a transcribed interview or deposition.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.), the oversight committee’s prime Democrat, rejected the concept there had been no interview in a letter to committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) on Tuesday.

“I am writing to express my profound concern about baffling and increasingly embarrassing efforts on the part of you and your staff to completely misrepresent and deny basic and easily verifiable facts about the eight-month long investigation that has already taken place,” Raskin wrote.

Raskin advised that, even with no transcript, the assembly with Schwerin in any other case adopted the identical protocols as different interviews performed in Capitol Hill workplaces.

“Mr. Schwerin spent hours answering substantive questions from Republican and Democratic staff about his relationship with Hunter Biden, as well as the history, structure, and operations of Hunter Biden’s various business entities,” Raskin wrote.

A spokesperson for the Oversight Committee stated Raskin’s letter was barely price a response and that the committee nonetheless meant to conduct a transcribed interview with Schwerin.

“The Oversight Committee has never held a transcribed interview or deposition with Eric Schwerin,” the spokesperson stated. “The Ranking Member is well aware of the difference between a formal Committee interview and an informal meeting.“

Hunter Biden received millions of dollars in fees from foreign nationals, including during the final years his father served as vice president, which ethics efforts and government officials alike have said created the appearance of a conflict of interest. Republicans have sought evidence of Joe Biden’s involvement in his son’s business deals and have previously asked Schwerina longtime friend of the Biden family, about cash flows between father and son that Schwerin apparently controlled.

So far, Republicans have not turned up evidence to implicate the president in wrongdoing.

House committees have conducted transcribed interviews with several witnesses this year as part of their investigation of the Biden family. The Ways and Means Committee heard from a pair of IRS agents who claimed the Justice Department had slow-walked their investigation of Hunter Biden’s failure to pay taxes, while the oversight committee talked to Biden’s former business partner Devon Archer. The transcripts from those interviews have become key pieces of evidence both for and against the alleged corruption of the president.

Raskin has previously highlighted instances of Republicans offering imprecise or misleading descriptions of their investigatory work, such as Comer’s claims about Archer’s testimony regarding Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian gas company.

Raskin said Schwerin provided exonerating statements during his interview that Republicans have found inconvenient.

“During the interview, Mr. Schwerin explained that, between 2009 and 2017, he performed a number of administrative and bookkeeping tasks for then-Vice President and Hunter Biden,” Raskin continued. “He further stated that he had the ability to view President Biden’s bank account transactions and that he was not aware of any involvement by President Biden in the financial conduct of his family members’ businesses.”

Schwerin’s legal professional confirmed Democrats’ characterization of the assembly to Fox News however declined to remark additional.