WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans plan to move forward next week by maintaining Hunter Biden for contempt of Congress after the president’s son defied a congressional subpoena appear for a private deposition last month.
The Republican chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees announced Friday that they will take full committee votes on contempt charges against President Joe Biden’s son, as the Republican Party enters the final stages of his one-month mandate. indictment investigation. If the charges are accepted by the committees, they will then be brought to the House for a final vote.
“Hunter Biden’s willful refusal to comply with our subpoenas constitutes contempt of Congress and warrants a referral to the appropriate United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” said Oversight Chairman Rep. James Comer and Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the Judiciary, in a statement. joint statement. “We will not give him special treatment because of his last name.”
Hunter Biden and his lawyers have repeatedly criticized the subpoena issued by the GOP for closed-door testimony, arguing that information from these interviews can be selectively leaked and manipulated. The younger Biden insisted he would only testify in public.
“Republicans do not want an open process where Americans can see their tactics, expose their baseless investigation or hear what I have to say,” Biden said outside the Capitol in a rare public statement last month. “What are they afraid of? I’m here.”
For months, the Republicans have been pursuing an impeachment inquiry seeking to link the Democratic president to his son’s business dealings. So far, Republican lawmakers have failed to uncover evidence directly implicating the elder Biden in wrongdoing.
While Republicans say their investigation ultimately focuses on the president, they are particularly interested in Hunter Biden and his foreign business dealings, from which they accuse the president of taking personal advantage. Republicans have also focused much of their investigation on allegations of whistleblower interference in the Justice Department’s long-running investigation into Young Biden’s taxes and his use of guns.
Wednesday’s scheduled contempt of Congress hearings will take place a day before Hunter Biden makes his first court appearance on tax charges filed by a special counsel in Los Angeles. He faces three felony counts and six misdemeanor charges, including filing a false return, tax evasion, failure to file and failure to pay.
In a fiery response, Biden’s defense attorney Abbe Lowell accused special counsel David Weiss to “give in to Republican pressure” in this matter.
Associated Press writer Lindsay Whitehurst contributed to this report.
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