The House Oversight Committee has announced via X that it will initiate contempt proceedings against the son of President Joe Biden.
In a joint statement by committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH), Republicans claim Hunter unlawfully defied a subpoena and will now pay the consequence.
“Hunter Biden today defied lawful subpoenas and we will now initiate contempt of Congress proceedings. We will not provide special treatment because his last name is Biden. As our committees were today prepared to depose Hunter Biden, he chose to make a public statement on Capitol Hill instead,” the Republican leaders wrote.
“Today, the House will vote on an impeachment inquiry resolution to strengthen our legal case in the courts as we face obstruction from the White House and witnesses. Today’s obstruction by Hunter Biden reinforces the need for a formal vote. President Biden and his family must be held accountable for their corruption and obstruction.”
Hunter Biden today defied lawful subpoenas and we will now initiate contempt of Congress proceedings.
We will not provide special treatment because his last name is Biden.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) December 13, 2023
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), speaking after a press conference with Comer (R-KY), added her support for contempt proceedings.
“I look forward to following the process for contempt of Congress, which absolutely should be done. Hunter Biden refusing to show up today is unacceptable… Hunter Biden is clearly trying to hide and cover up the money laundering and the abuse of power that he and his father are guilty of,” said Greene.
Asked for her thoughts on Hunter’s dueling press conference shaming Republicans for publicly posting naked photos of him, the Georgia firebrand said his statements are a distraction from the truth at hand.
“He’s obviously guilty. He went out there in front of the press and spread all his lies, but he wouldn’t come in here under oath? That’s someone who is clearly trying to hide the truth from the American people. We were even willing to bring cameras in here for him today.”
After initially agreeing to appear before the Oversight Committee, Hunter reneged when he was denied the opportunity to open the hearing to the public. The sudden change rocked Capitol Hill on the same day that Republicans were poised to formalize an impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s involvement with his family’s business affairs.
The mountain of evidence against Hunter is substantial. Special counsel David Weiss has charged the embattled first son in two states with crimes related to tax fraud stemming from overseas business deals. James Biden, the brother of President Biden, has received a subpoena to answer questions about the money he and his wife Sara received from the deals, some of which was transferred into the private bank account of the president.
An astonishing 70 percent of Americans believe President Biden acted unethically around his family’s business dealings, a charge he has unequivocally denied. However, the saga plaguing his son has “consumed” and angered Biden to the point that even some of his closest aides are fearful of broaching the topic, unsure of how he will react.