House Republicans will consider a resolution and accompanying report to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) announced Friday.
The House Oversight and Judiciary Committees issued subpoenas to Hunter Biden for a deposition, which was scheduled for Dec. 13, 2023.
The subpoenas were issued as part of the House Republicans’ ongoing probe into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings and the Justice Department’s handling of a years-long investigation into Biden for alleged tax offenses and felony firearm charges.
Instead of complying with the subpoena, the president’s son chose to give a public statement on the U.S. Capitol grounds on Dec. 13 with his attorney, saying he would only testify in public.
“For six years, I’ve been the target of the unrelenting Trump attack machine shouting. ‘Where’s Hunter?’” Biden said in his Dec. 13 statement to reporters on the Capitol grounds. “Well, here’s my answer. I am here.”
“Let me state as clearly as I can: My father was not financially involved in my business. Not as a practicing lawyer. Not as a board member of Burisma. Not in my partnership with a Chinese private businessman, not my investment at all nor abroad, and certainly not as an artist,” he said.
Oversight Committee Chair Comer and Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) responded to Hunter Biden’s press conference by pointing to Biden’s statement that his father was “not financially involved [emphasis in original]” in his family’s business dealings.
“Exactly how was Joe Biden involved? Evidence shows Joe Biden met with Hunter’s business associates and his name was at the center of the family business strategy,” Comer and Jordan stated regarding Biden’s comments.
In his Friday statement, Comer said that by holding the press conference instead of testifying in the scheduled deposition, Biden had “blatantly defied two lawful subpoenas.”
“Hunter Biden’s willful refusal to comply with our subpoenas constitutes contempt of Congress and warrants referral to the appropriate United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” Comer said. “We will not provide him with special treatment because of his last name.”
The House Oversight Committee will hold a markup considering the resolution on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.
The House Judiciary Committee will also be holding a markup on the resolution.