(DCWatchdog.com) – In a decisive move, two House committees advanced a contempt of Congress resolution against Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
This action, taken by the Oversight and Judiciary Committees, sets the stage for a full House vote, potentially leading to criminal charges against the younger Biden.
The committees’ decision came shortly after an unexpected appearance by Hunter Biden at the Oversight markup, triggering a series of critical remarks from Republican lawmakers and igniting heated exchanges. House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) emphasized, “Hunter Biden’s willful refusal to comply with the Committees’ subpoenas is a criminal act. It constitutes contempt of Congress and warrants referral to the appropriate United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution as prescribed by law,” adding, “We will not provide Hunter Biden with special treatment because of his last name.”
This situation arises from Hunter Biden’s noncompliance with subpoenas demanding his presence for a closed-door deposition as part of the House GOP’s investigation into his father. Instead, Hunter Biden chose to appear on the Senate lawn on the day of the deposition, offering to testify publicly but accusing the GOP of misrepresenting other witnesses’ closed-door testimonies.
During the Oversight hearing, Comer interrupted the proceedings to address photographers capturing images of Hunter Biden, who unexpectedly attended the hearing with his attorney, Abbe Lowell, and associate Kevin Morris. Comer labeled this as a “P.R. stunt.”
Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) directly addressed Hunter Biden, accusing him of embodying “white privilege” and cowardice for ignoring the subpoena. In contrast, Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) criticized Mace’s remarks as an inappropriate characterization of white privilege, especially from the Republican side.
Hunter Biden, who left the hearing room after about 20 minutes, was called a “coward” by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). In response, Lowell, standing with a silent Biden, questioned the Republicans’ refusal to accept Hunter Biden’s offer to publicly answer questions, asking, “What are they afraid of?”
The Republicans have insisted on a private format for initial testimonies, citing the need to examine financial documents thoroughly, but have offered a public hearing at a later date. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) accused the Republicans of a “bait-and-switch,” changing the terms of their request.
In a separate Judiciary Committee hearing, Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) faced accusations of hypocrisy from Democrats, citing his refusal to honor a subpoena from the House Jan. 6 Select Committee. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) highlighted this with a “Jim Jordan’s subpoena evasion” time tracker. Jordan defended his actions, calling the Jan. 6 committee “completely partisan.”
The hearings were not without controversy, as Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) suggested adding the names of Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Jordan to the contempt resolution, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) displayed censored sexual images related to Hunter Biden, leading Rep. Raskin to question the appropriateness of such displays.
While a contempt of Congress resolution primarily serves as a recommendation to the Justice Department, which has discretion in bringing charges, Comer hinted on Newsmax that any failure to prosecute Hunter Biden might lead to potential impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The backdrop to this unfolding drama is the House Republicans’ ongoing investigation into alleged “influence peddling” by Hunter Biden during his father’s vice presidency, centering on Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and the Department of Justice’s investigation into his tax crimes. Hunter Biden, in his Senate lawn statement, vehemently denied any financial involvement of his father in his business dealings.