But the new documents — which include a signed copy of a $1 million legal retainer, emails related to the wire transfers, and $3.8 million in consulting fees that are confirmed in new bank records and agreements signed by Hunter Biden — illustrate the ways in which his family profited from relationships built over Joe Biden’s decades in public service.

Politico’s Thursday story shatters the previous three media positions. The Politico reporters claimed that Joe Biden’s political judgement had not been affected by the family’s business dealings. The story did not deny Joe Biden benefitted from the family’s deals.

“Republicans [are] already preparing to elevate the probe to Joe Biden although no evidence has publicly emerged that his decisions were affected by his son’s business dealings,” Politico claimed.

This fourth evolution comes after Republicans retook control of the House and have launched a probe into Joe and Hunter Biden with subpoena power, which will likely enable Republicans to understand whether the president is compromised by his family’s foreign business dealings.

“I want to be clear, this is an investigation of Joe Biden,” Rep. James Comer stated Thursday upon officially opening the probe. “The Biden family’s business dealings implicate a wide range of criminality from human trafficking to potential violations of the constitution.”

Joe Biden has stated he has had no knowledge of his family’s business dealings. But Republicans appear to believe otherwise.

“This is an investigation of Joe Biden, the president of the United States, and why he lied to the American people about his knowledge and participation in his family’s international business dealing schemes,” Comer said. “National security interests require to conduct an investigation and we will pursue all avenues – avenues that have long been ignored.”

While House Republicans appear to be the only institution investigating Joe Biden, Hunter Biden is reportedly under investigation by the FBI for tax violations and lying to law enforcement about illegally purchasing a firearm.

Joe Biden’s Justice Department has reportedly delayed its “final decision” on whether to charge Hunter for alleged tax- and gun-related violations due to his drug abuse. Yet critics of the president’s family say Hunter’s altered mental state seemed to have no negative impact on his ability to sell access to Joe Biden via business deals with Chinese and Ukrainian entities.

In 2018 and 2020, Breitbart Senior Contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer published Secret Empires and Profiles in Corruption. Each book hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and exposed how Hunter Biden and Joe Biden flew aboard Air Force Two in 2013 to China before Hunter’s firm inked a $1.5 billion deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China less than two weeks after the trip.

Schweizer’s work also uncovered the Biden family’s other vast and lucrative foreign deals and cronyism. Breitbart Political Editor Emma-Jo Morris’ investigative work at the New York Post on the Hunter Biden “laptop from hell” also captured international headlines when she, along with Miranda Devine, revealed that Joe Biden was intimately involved in Hunter’s businesses, appearing to even have a 10 percent stake in a company the scion formed with officials at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.