Lawyers for Hunter Biden have told the Republican-led House Oversight Committee that the president’s son is willing to testify before the lawmakers on Dec. 13 as part of their inquiry into the president and his family, according to a letter Biden’s legal team sent to the committee Tuesday.
This comes after the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Hunter and James Biden — President Joe Biden’s brother — earlier this month, the latest step in their probe into the Biden family’s foreign business dealings.
Republican lawmakers have alleged that President Biden was paid money from funds generated by his family’s overseas business schemes, and continue to look for evidence of the president’s involvement as part of House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into the president.
“We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public. We therefore propose opening the door. If, as you claim, your efforts are important and involve issues that Americans should know about, then let the light shine on these proceedings,” Hunter Biden’s legal team wrote in their letter.
“Here we are, eleven months into your so-called investigation, and every objective review of your ‘revelations’ — including by some of your colleagues — has declared your exploration as one turning up only dry holes,” they wrote.
In response to the letter, Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) issued a statement saying “Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans.”
“Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13,” Rep. Comer said. “We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have the opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”
Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio and Chairman of House Judiciary Committee, said on X Tuesday in response to the letter “We are glad that Hunter Biden has decided to cooperate and we look forward to hearing from him in a deposition on December 13 and subsequently at a public hearing.”
Hunter Biden, in addition to the House Republicans’ ongoing probe into the Biden family, is currently facing three felony gun charges for allegedly lying on a federal form about his use of illegal drugs when purchasing a firearm in 2018, and for possessing a firearm while using narcotics.
The president’s son pleaded not guilty to the three charges in early October after a plea deal that could have kept the case from going to trial fell through in dramatic fashion in July.