Infostani Sources- On Wednesday, Hunter Biden refused to comply with a congressional subpoena for a closed-door deposition before Republican investigators probing his business dealings. Hunter insisted on public testimony, stating outside the U.S. Capitol that he would only testify openly, criticizing the GOP’s closed-door approach, claiming it could be manipulated.
In a rare public statement, the Democratic president’s son accused Republicans of avoiding transparency and expressed willingness to testify openly. Republican Representative James Comer of Kentucky, the House Oversight Committee chairman, had called for “full cooperation” with the private deposition. However, Comer and Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the House Judiciary Committee chair, announced plans to explore contempt of Congress proceedings due to Hunter Biden’s lack of cooperation.
Republicans have been pursuing an impeachment inquiry for months, attempting to link President Joe Biden to his son Hunter’s business dealings. Despite their efforts, they have not found direct evidence implicating President Biden in any wrongdoing. Democrats have dismissed the Republican impeachment push as illegitimate, seeing it as a distraction from GOP chaos.
Democrats Express Concerns on Biden and Hunter Allegations Amid Impeachment Inquiry
Representative Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, highlighted the lack of clarity on the allegations, calling it a remarkable juncture for the U.S. House of Representatives. Questions about the ethics of the Biden family’s international business have surfaced. Hunter Biden denied any financial involvement by his father and dismissed the allegations.
Hunter Biden is currently facing criminal charges in two states from a special counsel overseeing a long-running investigation. Charges include firearm counts in Delaware and new charges related to tax evasion. The House was expected to authorize the impeachment inquiry into the president later Wednesday. House Republicans seeking a vote to formalize their investigation for stronger legal standing in enforcing subpoenas to Hunter Biden. As well as other family members.
The White House labeled the entire process a “partisan smear campaign,” emphasizing that Republicans are pushing a baseless investigation despite admissions from some within their party that there is no evidence to support impeaching President Biden. White House spokesperson Ian Sams criticized the investigation. Stating it diverts attention from addressing critical issues like lowering costs, creating jobs, and strengthening healthcare.