On Wednesday, James Comer (R-Ky.), chair of the House Oversight Committee, warned that Hunter Biden might face contempt charges if he refuses to appear before a secret grand jury investigating President Joe Biden.
Someone has subpoenaed him. His presence is anticipated. Comer told HEADLINESFOREVER in a quick interview that they do not have the authority to establish the regulations.
“I would expect Congress to hold the president’s son in contempt,” Comer said in response to a question on what would happen next if Hunter Biden refused to meet with his panel.
On Wednesday afternoon, Comer and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Hunter Biden’s legal team that formally threatened contempt if Biden did not show up for his deposition on December 13, stating, “the Committees will initiate contempt of Congress proceedings.”
The legal teams representing Hunter Biden and Comer are at odds over whether or not Biden should come before the Oversight Committee. Abbe Lowell, who represents the president’s son, testified publicly while the head of oversight subpoenaed Hunter Biden to come for a closed-door deposition.
The Republicans in the House turned down the invitation, but Comer hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Hunter Biden testifying publicly in the future—so long as he has a private meeting with the committee beforehand.
Before approving a public appearance, House panels usually require a private deposition. Rudy Giuliani, an associate of Donald Trump’s, was one of numerous prominent individuals whose requests to appear publicly were denied by the Jan. 6 select committee.
Writing to Comer on Wednesday, Lowell reiterated his earlier offer that Hunter Biden go before the committee for a public hearing, citing concerns that information could be selectively released at a closed-door meeting.
In a Wednesday post, Lowell explained that the committee’s history of using closed-door sessions to influence and mislead the American public is the reason for his decision. He argues that a hearing will bring openness and truth to the proceedings.
Transcripts of depositions can be made public by the committee. Prior to the closed-door interview with Hunter Biden, Comer and Jordan had promised to do so “soon after its completion.”
As the Republicans in the House approach the end of their months-long investigation into potential impeachment, they have subpoenaed or requested interviews from a number of individuals, including Hunter Biden. Early in the new year, they hope to decide whether to press impeachment articles against the president.
While Republicans have discovered instances of Hunter Biden attempting to elevate his own profile by involving his father and by casting doubt on certain statements made by Joe Biden and the White House in the past, they have not yet discovered evidence that Joe Biden directly benefited his family’s businesses through official actions taken while president or vice president.