Hunter Biden, appearing outside Congress as he prepared to skip a closed-door testimony, excoriated Republicans who he said unfairly maligned him and pushed his private struggles out into the open.
Reading from prepared remarks, Hunter solemnly detailed his allegations against House Republicans.
“They displayed naked photos of me during an oversight hearing. They have taken the light of my dad’s love for me and presented it as darkness. They have no shame.”
“For six years, MAGA Republicans… have impugned my character, invaded my privacy, attacked my wife, my children, my family, and my friends. 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,” he added.
“I have been the target of the unrelenting Trump attack machine shouting, ‘Where’s Hunter?’ Well here’s my answer: I am here.”
Hunter’s defense negates an explanation about his decision to skip testimony before the House Oversight Committee, led by Chair James Comer (R-KY), who originally requested that Hunter answer questions about his business activities that enriched himself and members of the president’s family. Rep. 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,” said Comer, adding that reporters would soon be allowed to review the “mountain” of evidence that he claims his committee has generated.
In the lead-up to Wednesday’s dueling press conferences, Rep. Comer has released timelines showing how Hunter and business partners like Devon Archer earned millions of dollars representing overseas companies like Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings and China’s CEFC, money which was then funneled through a network of shell companies towards other members of the family. James Biden, the president’s brother, and his wife Sara, who have a history of financial distress, earned large sums of money from the deals and forwarded some of that money to the president’s personal bank account, describing the transactions as part of a “loan repayment.”
Upwards of 70 percent of Americans believe President Biden acted unethically around his family’s business dealings, a testament to Republicans’ relentless campaign to tie the incumbent to his embattled son. Hunter is facing charges in both Delaware and California related to tax crimes stemming from the business dealings, cases that have “consumed” and angered the president as he reconciles his reelection campaign with the pain it is causing his family.