In a significant development, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has agreed to comply with new congressional subpoenas for a deposition with Republican investigators. This announcement marks a considerable shift from his earlier stance, wherein he had refused closed-door depositions and instead proposed public testimony.
The saga, which has been gaining traction in political circles, involves the Republican-led House committees that have been fervently working on an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. These committees had previously passed resolutions recommending that Hunter Biden be held in contempt of Congress for not adhering to their demands.
Shift in Biden's Strategy
The tension escalated two days prior when these committees intensified their stance by urging Biden be found in contempt of Congress for defying earlier subpoenas. These subpoenas had requested Biden to participate in a closed-door deposition pivotal to the impeachment inquiry.
Facing the possibility of the full House of Representatives voting on the contempt finding next week, Hunter Biden's attorney, Abbe Lowell, has indicated a change in their approach. In a recent letter to the chairmen of two House Republican committees, Lowell contested the legality of the previous subpoenas.
He argued they were invalid and assured compliance with any new subpoena, provided it adheres to legal protocols.
New Subpoena Compliance Offered
"If you issue a new proper subpoena, now that there is a duly authorized impeachment inquiry, Mr.
Biden will comply for a hearing or deposition," Lowell stated in the letter. The attorney emphasized their readiness to accept such a subpoena on Biden's behalf. This offer from Lowell came as a conclusion to an extensive eight-page letter, which also included sharp criticism of House Oversight Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
Lowell accused them of pursuing contempt resolutions against Hunter Biden, disregarding his willingness for public testimony. He highlighted the erroneous claim by the committee that Biden was seeking 'special treatment', countering with Comer's own statements about the flexibility afforded to witnesses in choosing between a deposition or a public hearing.
As the political drama unfolds, all eyes are on the next moves of the House committees and Hunter Biden, with the nation awaiting further developments in this high-profile case.