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Newly elected House GOP member George Santos says the Hunter Biden probe should not be a “priority.”

Rep. Elect George Santos (R-NY) argued Monday that lawmakers should not focus on “hyperpartisan” investigations for at least the first six months of the new Congress, including a possible investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

Santos told UKTN News’ Sandra Smith on Monday that he doesn’t want to be part of divisive investigations into the president’s son, the origins of COVID-19, Big Tech censorship, the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department memo about outspoken parents in school board meetings, or the crisis on the southern border.

Instead, Santos said he wants to focus on things like energy independence and crime.

“If parts of our party want to participate in these investigations, that is their prerogative,” Santos said. “I don’t want to waste my time in Washington on hyperpartisan issues. I want to come here to get results.”

“We can be part of investigations as long as it doesn’t mess us up and distract us from the goal, which is to make Americans’ lives better or not worse,” added Santos.

House Republicans have been calling for an investigation into Hunter Biden since 2020.

When asked by Smith to clarify whether he believes the investigations proposed by GOP lawmakers are a waste of time, Santos said they are not as long as they don’t become the party’s priority.

“I think for at least the first 6 months we have to work on making this county energy independent, we have to work on reducing crime in metropolitan areas, like New York City, and then we can start talking about investigating,” Santos said. .

GOP lawmakers like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. James Cormer (R-KY), the leading member of the House Oversight Committee, has plagued numerous investigations into the Biden administration as Republicans take control of the House, including investigations into the alleged business dealings of President Biden’s son, Hunter, with companies associated with the Chinese Communist Party and the alleged politicization of the FBI and Justice Department under Biden.

The GOP is expected to take control in the lower chamber by a narrow majority.

Santos, the first openly gay Republican elected to the House, last week defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman in New York’s 3rd Congressional District race, flipping a blue district that Biden won in 2020.