Republicans Threaten to Hold Hunter Biden in Contempt of Congress for Rejecting Subpoena

Top House Republicans are threatening to hold Democrat President Joe Biden’s son Hunter in contempt of Congress.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) issued the warning on Wednesday.

The threat comes after Hunter Biden’s lawyer notified the panel that he will not appear to testify unless he can do so in a public setting.

Comer subpoenaed Hunter Biden to appear for a deposition on December 13 behind closed doors.

Last week, Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, notified the committee that the president’s son wanted to testify in a public hearing instead.

Comer and Jordan last week said Hunter Biden would not receive special treatment and was compelled to appear for a closed-door deposition.

They vowed to release the transcript of his testimony shortly after it took place and vowed to schedule a public hearing at a later date.

On Wednesday, Lowell, Bill Clinton’s former impeachment lawyer, sent a letter to Comer.

Lowell told the committee chairs that Hunter Biden will only appear for testimony in a public hearing setting.

“Mr. Biden has offered to appear at a hearing on the December 13, 2023, date you have reserved, or another date this month, to answer any question pertinent and relevant to the subject matter,” Lowell wrote.

“He is making this choice because the Committee has demonstrated time and time again it uses closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort, the facts and misinform the American public—a hearing would ensure transparency and truth in these proceedings,” Lowell said.

“We look forward to working out the schedule.”

Comer and Jordan replied, threatening to hold Hunter Biden in contempt.

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“On November 8, 2023, we issued subpoenas to your client, Robert Hunter Biden, for a deposition on December 13, 2023,” they wrote.

“Contrary to the assertions in your letter, there is no ‘choice’ for Mr. Biden to make; the subpoenas compel him to appear for a deposition on December 13,” Comer and Jordan wrote.

“If Mr. Biden does not appear for his deposition on December 13, 2023, the Committees will initiate contempt of Congress proceedings,” they wrote.

House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) responded by blasting Republicans.

“Hunter Biden will answer questions under oath in front of the world—but unless he testifies in secret so he can be misquoted, @RepJamesComer will hold him in contempt? ” Raskin posted to X.

“What a joke.”

He added:

“Jim Jordan blew off HIS subpoena.

“Comer doesn’t want the truth—and can’t handle it.”

READ MORE: Biden Spoke with Hunter’s Business Associates Hundreds of Times While VP, Email Records Show

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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