Hunter Biden crashes committee vote on contempt resolution against him

January 11, 2024

On Wednesday, January 10, President Joe Biden’s son made a surprise appearance at a House Oversight Committee hearing at which Republicans planned to approve a resolution holding him in contempt of Congress, reports HuffPost.

Hunter Biden’s arrival served as a reminder that he has offered to testify in response to Republicans’ subpoena for his testimony—but only in public.

Republicans have insisted he speak in a private deposition and are holding him in contempt because of his refusal. If approved by the full House, the contempt resolution would result in a request for the Justice Department to press charges.

Biden arrived as the committee’s top members made their opening statements and sat in the audience, behind the witness table, occasionally smirking as Representative Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina) mocked him and said he belonged in jail.

“Who bribed Hunter Biden to be here today?” Mace said. “You are the epitome of white privilege, coming to the Oversight Committee, spitting in our face, ignoring a congressional subpoena to be deposed … What are you afraid of?”

Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-Florida) called Mace’s remarks interesting. He’s here. Doesn’t seem to be too afraid,” Moskowitz said. “The only folks that are afraid to hear from the witness, with the American people watching, are my friends on the other side of the aisle.”

But Biden got up and left as soon as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) started speaking. Last summer at a committee hearing, Greene displayed photos of Biden in the midst of sex acts with women who were apparent sex workers.

In the hallway outside of the hearing room, Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, said Biden had previously made five offers to provide “relevant information” to the investigation.

“Our first five offers were ignored, and then in November they issued a subpoena for a behind-closed-doors deposition, a tactic that the Republicans have repeatedly misused in their political crusade to selectively leak and mischaracterize what witnesses have said,” Lowell said, with Biden standing by his side.

The contempt hearing is an offshoot of the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, whom Republicans have dubiously claimed participated in his son’s foreign business deals.

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