Despite warnings from House Republicans that Hunter would face contempt charges for failing to appear in his subpoenaed closed-door deposition, the arrogant younger Biden chose to defy Congress blatantly.
Hunter expressed his willingness to ‘cooperate” with the House Oversight Committee, provided it was on his terms. The arrogant Hunter agreed to testify before the House in a public setting, not a closed-door deposition. However, a letter addressed to Hunter’s attorney clarified that their demand for a closed-door deposition on December 13 was non-negotiable. Representative James Comer (R-Ky) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) refuted the notion of a “choice.”
Comer explicitly noted, “He does not get to dictate the terms of the subpoena.”
Hunter has informed Republicans that he refuses to provide testimony in closed-door sessions. He expressed concerns that information from such interviews could be leaked and used to “manipulate, even distort, the facts and misinform the American public.”
Instead of complying with House Republicans, Hunter showed up outside the Capitol and stated he would not sit for the closed-door deposition. Once again, he said he would only testify before a public committee hearing.
Hunter took advantage of the opportunity to deny that his father had any part in his business dealings. Hunter once again alleged that his father was not involved in his business affairs while working as a lawyer or serving on the board of Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company. He added that his father had no role in his partnership with a Chinese businessman, nor did he participate in his foreign or domestic investments. Furthermore, he emphasized that his father had no part in his recent endeavors to establish a career as an artist.
Hunter went on to make an impassioned plea, suitable for an Oscar award. He painted a picture of his father as a loving and supportive parent, countering the Republicans’ allegations of a “Biden crime family” that improperly mixes business and government. Hunter emphasized that his parents, particularly his father, “literally saved” his life.
The younger Biden asserted that House Republicans persist in concentrating on a “nonexistent bribe.” He pointed out that during committee hearings, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) displayed naked photos of him, a move he characterized as an attempt to tarnish the genuine love his father has for him. He was referring to an incident in July 2023, when Greene exhibited explicit images of Hunter and suggested they depicted him “making pornography.” The move earned her an ethics complaint filed by Hunter’s attorney, Abbe Lowel. It marked the second time Greene was targeted for an ethics complaint by Lowel. The first was filed in April, alleging publication of private photos, defamation of character, and “bizarre dissemination of conspiracy theories about Mr. Biden and members of his family.”
Hunter expressed his frustration, saying, “They have taken the light of my dad’s love for me and presented it as darkness. They have no shame.”
Hunter isn’t the only one facing contempt of Congress charges. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) may also be in hot water for his role in arranging Hunter’s appearance in front of the Capitol when he was due to give his deposition.
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) pointed out that by assisting Hunter Biden in organizing a public appearance at the United States Capitol rather than complying with the congressional subpoena, Swalwell, a member of the Judiciary Committee, was potentially “aiding and abetting contempt.”
Swalwell reserved a press-designated area near the Capitol building at 9:30 a.m., coinciding with Hunter Biden’s closed-door deposition with the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. Notably, members of the public, including Hunter Biden, cannot independently make such reservations. The reservation indicated that Swalwell intended to speak on the “GOP impeachment of President Joe Biden” and did not explicitly mention Hunter Biden.
At the designated time, however, Swalwell stepped aside and allowed Hunter to give his brief speech. Issa said that Swalwell’s reservation of media space seemed to serve no purpose other than providing Hunter with the opportunity to avoid appearing before the committees and publicly declare his refusal to comply with the congressional subpoena. Hunter seemed to need a platform for a speech he planned to deliver during the “public testimony” he was denied.
Most Americans will see Hunter’s move as just another example of the elite Biden arrogance, but Democrats will frame it as more “unfounded” persecution of the president’s family. It’s an astounding display of hypocrisy and a reverberating lack of respect for the rule of law. But for a Biden, that’s nothing unusual.