House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) have initiated a new investigation into President Joe Biden. The probe, announced on Wednesday, centers around allegations that Joe Biden may have sought to obstruct his son Hunter Biden’s cooperation with the House’s impeachment inquiry.
The inquiry stems from an official statement from the White House indicating that President Biden was aware in advance of Hunter’s plan to defy congressional subpoenas.
According to the statement, “In light of an official statement from the White House that President Biden was aware in advance that his son, Hunter Biden, would knowingly defy two congressional subpoenas, we are compelled to examine as part of our impeachment inquiry whether the President engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct a proceeding of Congress.”
The House Committees on Oversight and Accountability and Judiciary issued subpoenas to Hunter Biden for a deposition scheduled for December 13. However, Hunter did not appear for the deposition as required. Instead, he made a public statement at the U.S. Capitol, indicating his refusal to comply with the subpoenas.
“For six years, MAGA Republicans… have impugned my character, invaded my privacy, attacked my wife, my children, my family, and my friends,” Hunter claimed. “They have ridiculed my struggle with addiction, they have belittled my recovery, and they have tried to dehumanize all to embarrass and damage my father.”
“I have been the target of the unrelenting Trump attack machine shouting, ‘Where’s Hunter?’ Well here’s my answer: I am here.”
Comer was furious that Hunter, who had demanded a public testimony, chose instead to skip the proceedings. “We expect to depose the president’s son and then we’ll be more than happy to have a public hearing,” he said, adding that reporters would soon be allowed to review the “mountain” of evidence that he claims his committee has generated.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, when asked about President Biden’s awareness of his son’s statement, said the President was “certainly familiar with what his son was going to say.” The remark suggested that the President had some level of advanced knowledge about his son’s decision to defy the subpoenas.
Comer and Jordan have alluded to the gravity of these allegations, saying, “The Committees have accumulated substantial evidence that Hunter Biden’s business endeavors have improperly included his father, and the President has made false claims about his knowledge and involvement in these schemes.”
“In light of this evidence, the fact that the President had advanced awareness that Mr. Biden would defy the Committees’ subpoenas raises a troubling new question that we must examine: whether the President corruptly sought to influence or obstruct the Committees’ proceeding by preventing, discouraging, or dissuading his son from complying with the Committees’ subpoenas. Such conduct could constitute an impeachable offense.”
A letter to White House Counsel Edward Siskel called for all documents and communications sent or received by employees of the Executive Office of the President regarding Hunter Biden’s deposition. The request is part of the broader impeachment inquiry, which seeks to determine whether sufficient grounds exist to draft articles of impeachment against President Biden.