Hunter Biden calls for public listening to in response to GOP subpoena for his testimony

President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, instructed a House panel investigating the Biden household enterprise offers he’ll comply with testify in response to a GOP subpoena, however solely at a public listening to.

In a letter to the panel obtained by The Washington Times, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, accused the Oversight and Accountability Committee of waging a politically motivated and futile fishing expedition into the Biden household. Mr. Lowell instructed Chairman James Comer, Kentucky Republican, Hunter Biden would “get right to it,” and comply with reply any questions from the panel — however not behind closed doorways.

“Rather than subscribing to your cloaked, one-sided process – he will appear at a public Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing,” Mr. Lowell wrote to Mr. Comer.

The Oversight panel subpoenaed Hunter Biden earlier this month, calling on the president’s son to supply a personal deposition, to not sit for a public listening to.

The panel needs to ask the president’s son about his profitable overseas enterprise offers and what function his father performed in them. Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden, and shut associates raked in tens of millions of {dollars} from Ukraine, China, Russia and different nations and, in accordance with witnesses, did it by leveraging their relationship with Mr. Biden whereas he was vice chairman and after he left workplace.

Mr. Comer, in a press release to The Washington Times, rejected Mr. Lowell’s supply.

“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans,” Mr. Comer mentioned. “Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13. We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have the opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”

The committee is conducting an impeachment inquiry into Mr. Biden’s involvement within the overseas enterprise offers. In addition to James Biden, the panel has subpoenaed Mr. Biden’s youthful brother, James Biden, who was additionally concerned within the enterprise offers and wrote at the least two checks totaling $240,000 to Mr. Biden, allegedly for a mortgage reimbursement. The checks had been written after James Biden acquired cash for enterprise offers.

The committee additionally requested transcribed interviews from different Biden relations, together with James Biden’s spouse, Sara Biden; Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s son Beau; her older sister, Elizabeth Secundy, and Hunter Biden‘s wife, Melissa Cohen.

The Oversight panel has conducted several closed-door depositions of Biden business associates. Their testimony and reports from IRS whistleblowers who were investigating Hunter Biden for tax fraud revealed Mr. Biden, even while vice president, participated in his son’s enterprise conferences by phoning into them or showing in individual. One witness, ex-business affiliate Devon Archer, mentioned Hunter Biden and Ukrainian fuel firm executives phoned then-Vice President Biden from Dubai asking for assist in shaking off a corruption probe. The fuel firm, Burisma, was paying Hunter Biden $1 million a yr to serve on its board. Mr. Biden quickly after helped power out the Ukrainian prosecutor normal who was investigating Burisma.

Mr. Biden has denied any involvement in his household’s enterprise offers.

In the letter to the committee, Mr. Lowell argues the panel has turned up no proof connecting Hunter Biden’s enterprise dealings to his father, whereas ignoring former President Donald Trump and his household’s profitable companies.

“Unlike members of the Trump family, Hunter is a private person who has never worked in any family business nor ever served in the White House or in any public office,” Mr. Lowell wrote. “Notwithstanding this stark difference, you have manipulated Hunter’s legitimate business dealings and his times of terrible addiction into a politically motivated basis for hearings to accuse his father of some wrongdoing.”

Mr. Lowell mentioned if Mr. Comer believes his inquiry entails points the general public ought to find out about, “then let the light shine on these proceedings.”

Closed-door depositions are sometimes most well-liked in Congressional investigations over public hearings.

House Democrats held weeks of closed-door testimony within the first impeachment inquiry into Mr. Trump, who they accused of abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress after he requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to research whether or not Mr. Biden compelled out the Ukrainian prosecutor on behalf of his son and Burisma.