In a recent development, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer, informed Fox News Digital about his plan to publicly release the transcript of Hunter Biden’s upcoming deposition. This move is a part of what he terms “the most transparent major congressional investigation in history.” The deposition, scheduled for December 13th, is a critical step in the ongoing probe into the Biden family’s dealings.
Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, had earlier subpoenaed Hunter Biden for this deposition. However, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, proposed an alternative public hearing, sparking a debate about the transparency of the process. Critics, mainly Democrats, have accused the House Republicans of avoiding a public hearing, suggesting this indicates a weak case against the President’s son.
Comer, countering these allegations, stated that a private deposition allows for a more thorough inquiry, enabling the committee to pose hundreds of questions, unlike the limited scope of a public hearing. He emphasized that the deposition will be transparent, with plans to release the transcripts barring any classified information. Comer believes this approach is consistent with past congressional investigations, including criminal investigations by law enforcement agencies.
The decision to start with a deposition rather than a public hearing has led to accusations from Democrats of a double standard. However, Comer insists on the importance of depositions in gathering detailed information and plans to hold a public hearing later. He noted that this is a standard procedure in any serious investigation.
Comer’s approach to the investigation has drawn support from former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who highlighted the importance of depositions in complex cases. Chaffetz pointed out that professional staff, not lawmakers, conduct questions in depositions, leading to a more in-depth investigation. He suggested that Hunter Biden’s team might prefer a public hearing as it is easier to handle than a detailed deposition.
In response to Lowell’s call for an open-door session, Comer stressed that the investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings is a serious probe into public corruption at the highest levels. He emphasized the committee’s commitment to uncovering evidence of potential crimes ranging from money laundering to being an unregistered foreign agent and securities fraud.
As the investigation continues, Comer assures that it is conducted with the highest level of credibility and seriousness, demonstrating a commitment to transparency and thoroughness in probing matters of public interest.