On Tuesday, Hunter Biden finally responded to a congressional subpoena demanding an interview — issuing a statement where he offered to testify, but only if the hearing is public.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) subpoenaed President Joe Biden’s son in early November as part of House Republicans’ investigation into the Biden family’s alleged influence-peddling and shady foreign business dealings. Subpoenas were also issued that same day for Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, and Biden family business associate Rob Walker.
“The House Oversight Committee has followed the money and built a record of evidence revealing how Joe Biden knew, was involved, and benefited from his family’s influence-peddling schemes. Now, the House Oversight Committee is going to bring in members of the Biden family and their associates to question them on this record of evidence,” Comer, the lead impeachment inquiry investigator, wrote in a statement at the time.
Today, @RepJamesComer signed subpoenas for:
◼️ Hunter Biden
◼️ James Biden
◼️ Rob Walker pic.twitter.com/fuS3yR9r8z
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) November 8, 2023
On Tuesday, Hunter Biden essentially refused Comer’s subpoena for a transcribed interview, instead stating that he would only testify in a public hearing. He also slammed House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry as a “fishing expedition,” while noting that he would only answer questions that he deems “pertinent and relevant” in his appearance before the Oversight Committee next month.
Translation: Hunter Biden rejects House subpoena, refuses to be questioned in transcribed interview. https://t.co/ptvgzvV9kz
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 28, 2023
Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, also sent a letter to House Republicans in response to the subpoena — claiming that his client had “misgivings about your motives and purpose” and asserting that Hunter had previously offered to speak to the Oversight Committee but had not gotten a response.
“Your empty investigation has gone on too long wasting too many better-used resources. It should come to an end,” Lowell claimed. “From all the individuals you have requested depositions or interviews, all you will learn is that your accusations are baseless. However, the American people should see that for themselves.”
Hunter Biden has offered to appear for a public hearing on December 13 — the date his transcribed interview was scheduled for, according to the subpoena — or another day next month that his attorney will arrange.
Comer responded to Lowell’s letter in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter — blasting Hunter Biden for “trying to play by his own rules,” while offering to schedule a separate public hearing for his testimony.
“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans,” the post read. “Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13. 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.”
🚨STATEMENT ON ABBE LOWELL LETTER🚨
“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans.
“Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on…
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) November 28, 2023