In a bold move on Wednesday, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, firmly reiterated his willingness to participate in a public congressional hearing. This declaration came in stark contrast to a House Republican subpoena demanding his presence at a private deposition.
Standing defiantly outside the U.S. Capitol, Hunter Biden accused the House committees of basing their investigations into his family on "distortions, manipulated evidence, and lies." His response is seen as a direct challenge to the subpoena issued by the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees, who sought his testimony in a closed-door session.
The committees, led by the chairmen of the House Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees, are at the forefront of the impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden. Despite Hunter Biden's public hearing proposal, Republicans insist on private testimony first, threatening to pursue contempt of Congress charges after his non-compliance with Wednesday's deposition.
Transparency Concerns Raised
Hunter Biden's criticism of the House GOP centers on their alleged avoidance of transparency. He has, for weeks, advocated for an open hearing, claiming the Republicans’ refusal signals a lack of interest in a fair process.
The younger Biden's statement also highlighted a personal narrative of relentless persecution by "MAGA Republicans" over six years. He spoke of attacks on his character, privacy, family, and his struggles with addiction and recovery.
These attacks, he argues, are aimed at discrediting his father's lifelong commitment to public service. Emphasizing his father's non-involvement in his business dealings, Hunter Biden denied any financial connections to his professional ventures, ranging from legal practice to artistic pursuits.
He acknowledged his past financial irresponsibility, attributing it to the turmoil following his brother Beau's death, but firmly rejected its relevance to the impeachment inquiry. Hunter Biden also accused the investigating chairmen — James Comer, R-Ky., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Jason Smith, R-Mo.
— of manipulating evidence and spreading falsehoods about his personal and professional life. He condemned these actions as deceitful and lacking in fairness and decency. Despite the uncertainty surrounding his appearance at the closed-door deposition, the House committee eventually disbanded following his public comments.
Hunter Biden's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, had been in discussions with the committee chairmen, highlighting the deep-seated disagreements on the procedure. Meanwhile, the House is poised to vote on authorizing an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, a move informally initiated by then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in September.
As Republicans allege undisclosed evidence of serious misconduct, the White House and congressional Democrats continue to deny any wrongdoing on the president's part. Hunter Biden's legal challenges continue to mount, with recent indictments on tax-related and firearms charges.
His interview on a recent podcast suggested a belief that his adversaries are orchestrating a campaign to trigger a relapse in his substance abuse, potentially undermining his father's presidency.