House GOP Denies Hunter Biden Demand on Impeachment Inquiry Testimony

House GOP Denies Hunter Biden Demand on Impeachment Inquiry Testimony – Hunter Biden’s legal team insisted on his public testimony following a House GOP subpoena, but James Comer promptly rejected the request. On Tuesday morning, a lawyer representing Biden sent a letter to the House Oversight Chair, stating that the president’s son would publicly appear before the committee on December 13. 

This contradicted the subpoena’s requirement for a private deposition with lawmakers and aides. “A public proceeding would prevent selective leaks, manipulated transcripts, doctored exhibits, or one-sided press statements,” Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, wrote in the letter. He mentioned their willingness to consider any other date next month that both parties could mutually agree upon.

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“Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13,” Comer continued. “We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have the opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.” Normally, House panels require a private deposition before granting a public appearance. 

The Jan. 6 select committee turned down several requests for public testimony, including one from Rudy Giuliani. Biden’s lawyers insisting on public testimony is the latest move in an escalating public exchange between the president’s son and House Republicans. They consider him a key witness in a broad impeachment investigation centered on President Joe Biden.

Primarily focusing on the business dealings of Hunter Biden and other family members Lowell had initially indicated, in the immediate wake of Comer’s subpoena last month, that Hunter Biden was willing to speak with the committee “in a public forum and at the right time.” House GOP’s impeachment inquiry has issued subpoenas and interview requests in the past month.

Targeting not only the president’s son but also James Biden, the brother of Joe Biden, and Rob Walker, an associate of Hunter Biden. Additionally, various other members of the Biden family have been asked to voluntarily participate in questioning before the panel. House Republicans are deeply engaged in a comprehensive investigation, aiming to decide early next year on whether to pursue impeachment articles against Joe Biden. 

Despite uncovering instances of Hunter Biden leveraging his father’s influence, they have struggled to establish a direct link showing that Biden took official actions benefiting his family’s business deals. Impeachment advocates face skepticism from centrists and traditional conservatives who support investigations but feel the bar for impeachment hasn’t been met. 

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Achieving near unity within the Republican conference is crucial, especially since no House Democrats are likely to support impeaching Biden. The investigation extends beyond Biden’s family business deals, encompassing the federal inquiry into Hunter Biden and the handling of classified documents, currently under special counsel investigation.

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