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 January 9, 2024

Hunter Biden violated federal law defying subpoena, contempt resolution claims

House Republicans are set to introduce a resolution holding Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress following his refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena.

The resolution, obtained by Fox News Digital from the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees, accuses Hunter Biden of committing a criminal act by defying the subpoena as part of the House impeachment inquiry against President Biden.

The controversy

Instead of appearing for a deposition, Hunter Biden addressed the press on Capitol Hill and declared his willingness to testify only in a public setting, a move deemed as a violation of federal law, according to the accompanying report.

The House Oversight report emphasizes the significance of Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment inquiry, focusing on allegations related to whether President Biden, as Vice President and/or President, engaged in actions influenced by money or other benefits for himself or his family, abused his public office for foreign interests in exchange for payments or participated in schemes to enrich himself or his family.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer expressed concern over Hunter Biden's defiance, stating that it hampers the committees' ability to fulfill their constitutional oversight function and conduct the impeachment inquiry.

The report suggests that there is substantial evidence indicating President Biden's knowledge of, participation in, and benefit from his son's foreign business interests.

The Oversight Committee

The House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee are scheduled to consider the report and resolution during separate markup meetings on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Chairman Comer stressed that Hunter Biden's refusal to comply with subpoenas warrants a referral to the United States Attorney's Office for prosecution, emphasizing the absence of special treatment based on his last name.

Committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin criticized the move, pointing out that there is no precedent for holding a private citizen in contempt who has offered to testify publicly and under oath.

Other concerns

Raskin argued that Chairman Comer had urged Hunter Biden to appear at a hearing, and Biden had agreed.

Last month, Comer and Jordan expanded their investigation to examine whether President Biden was involved in his son's actions, suggesting potential grounds for impeachment.

The House impeachment inquiry against President Biden, formalized last month, is led by Comer, Jordan and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith.

The current plan looks to hold Hunter Biden in contempt in a move that adds to other legal problems for the first son.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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