In a letter submitted on Friday, attorney Abbe Lowell argued that the subpoenas that House Republicans had issued to the president’s son in November are null and void since they were sent prior to the full House’s authorization of an impeachment probe on December 13, 2023. This action was taken by Hunter Biden.
Subpoenas issued prior to the House-authorized investigation upon which they are based are not enforceable, according to an opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel that was given during Trump’s administration, as cited in the letter.
Legal counsel for Biden has indicated their willingness to comply with a fresh subpoena.
Now that an authorised investigation into possible impeachment has begun, Mr. Biden will be willing to appear before a grand jury or take a deposition. “On behalf of Mr. Biden, we will comply with such a subpoena,” Lowell stated in his letter.
But according to a footnote at the bottom of the page, their cooperation would only be for public proceedings. They suggested a “procedure for a hybrid process-a public deposition/hearing with alternating rounds of questions for Republicans and Democrats, and with similar rules (e.g., role of counsel in questioning), as is done in a closed-door deposition.” as the “basis” for their discussion of what comes next.
Republicans serving on the House Oversight Committee have been contacted by HEADLINESFOREVER for comment.
Before they will start public proceedings, Republicans have demanded that Hunter Biden sit for a closed-door session.
Despite the fact that four Republicans backed this idea, it was initially offered by a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and ultimately failed.
Hunter Biden’s attorneys have already stated that their client is open to testifying in a public hearing and have voiced their apprehension that Republicans would selectively leak information during closed-door sessions.
Republicans in the House are considering filing a contempt of Congress motion against Biden over his refusal to appear before a closed-door deposition.
Next week, the resolution is anticipated to be considered by the whole House after having been approved by committees on Wednesday.
With his legal team by his side, Biden has made two trips to Capitol Hill in the last two months. The first was for a short press conference where he reiterated his willingness to answer questions publicly. This week, he returned to witness the committee vote on whether or not to hold him in contempt.
“Hunter Biden is giving Republicans exactly what they have been demanding this week,” said Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland and the senior House Oversight Committee member. A “hearing or deposition” is what he’s calling for, according to a letter he sent today. The moment has come for Chair Jordan to “absolutely” do what he has promised to do and end this ridiculous and pointless contempt case. Chair Comer should do the same.