After ignoring previous subpoenas, Hunter Biden showed up unannounced to a recent Oversight and Accountability Committee meeting. The dramatic appearance now has the committee voting to hold Biden in contempt.
The meeting took a dramatic turn when Hunter Biden walked in smiling. “You’re the epitome of white privilege, coming to the Oversight committee and spitting in our face, ignoring a congressional subpoena to be deposed. What are you afraid of? You have no balls,” states Rep. Nancy Mace, R-SC. “I think Hunter Biden should be arrested right here, right now, and go straight to jail.”
Hunter Biden and his father, President Joe Biden, have been accused of using President Biden’s influence as president and previously vice president to further Hunter’s international business deals. The president and White House have called these accusations baseless lies.
We make the rules
Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-FL, recommended they take Biden’s testimony immediately, while he was present. The chairman, Rep. James Comer, R-KY, countered, “Mr. Biden doesn’t make the rules. We make the rules.” As committee members became heated, even calling each other names, Biden sat in the front row, leaning in with arms crossed.
“Hunter Biden brazenly walked into our hearing unannounced after committing a criminal act when he defied our duly issued subpoenas. We have no idea why he showed up,” Comer put out in a statement later.
What a coward
“I think it’s clear and obvious for everyone watching this hearing today that Hunter Biden is terrified of strong, conservative Republican women. What a coward,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, stated when Biden walked out at the beginning of her chance to speak. In a previous session, Greene had shown explicit photos of Biden.
According to Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, Biden has offered to testify publicly six times, all of which were declined by the committee. The committee prefers a closed deposition before public testimony, where Biden believes comments will be selectively leaked.
What are they afraid of?
Lowell told the press outside the meeting, “The Republican chairs today are commandeering an unprecedented resolution to hold someone in contempt who has offered to publicly answer all their proper questions. The question there is: What are they afraid of?”
Hours later, the Oversight Committee voted 25-21 to hold Hunter Biden in contempt for defying their subpoenas. The Judiciary Committee also voted 23-14 to hold him in contempt. Both votes were along party lines.
The entire House is responsible for sending the recommendation to the Justice Department if they decide to pass the resolution. If criminal charges are pursued, the U.S. attorney for D.C., Matthew Graves, will be the one to prosecute. Graves has previously prosecuted political strategist Steve Bannon and White House trade aide Peter Navarro after the Democrats investigated the Trump administration.
Republicans claim Hunter Biden has used the favor of his father’s position to make trade deals with Ukraine and China. These deals allegedly have funneled millions of dollars into the pockets of himself and other family members.
President Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, has been involved in some of Hunter’s business deals. James Biden has written checks to the president, which the White House claims are loan payments, but lawmakers have charged them as money laundering. The White House claims all accusations are “baseless lies.”
The House has voted to open a formal impeachment inquiry into whether the president was involved in influence peddling with his son. According to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, “After all of that work, House Republicans have found not a shred of evidence to suggest that President Biden was anything other than a supportive father to his son,” claiming witnesses and documents do not support wrongdoing by the president or his administration.
Guns and taxes
Beyond the investigation into his father’s involvement in his international business, Hunter Biden is facing federal tax and gun charges. He is to be arraigned on the tax charges presently.
Writer: Jeanette W.