The House Oversight Committee, led by James Comer (R-Kentucky), is scheduled to deliberate on a resolution to hold son of President Joe Biden Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress the following week. This action is allegedly in response to Biden’s failure to comply with congressional subpoenas. In a prior instance, he was obligated to appear in a closed-door deposition before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees in connection with the House Republicans’ impeachment investigation of President Biden.
Republican investigators had arranged a private deposition with Hunter Biden in order to scrutinize his business dealings. Nevertheless, rather than appearing in court as required, he issued a premeditated statement outside the Capitol, thus disobeying the congressional subpoena.
“Consider a resolution and report to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for defying lawful subpoenas,” as stated by Comer, was the committee’s intention. The time of this session has been set for Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. He disclosed to the media, “Our investigation has yielded significant evidence suggesting President Biden’s awareness and involvement in his family’s exploitation of the Biden name for financial gain.”
A identical marking process will be carried out by the House Judiciary Committee, which is led by Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Additionally, they advise that Hunter Biden be found in contempt of Congress. The initial phase in presenting a resolution for a complete House vote, which aims to hold an individual responsible for contempt of Congress, consists of these committee markups.
The action was criticized by Jamie Raskin (D-Md), the ranking member of the Committee. It is unprecedented, in his opinion, to hold a private citizen in contempt of Congress, particularly since they have offered to testify in public, under oath, and at the discretion of the Committee. Comer, according to Raskin, impeded the investigation by preventing Hunter Biden from publicly responding to all inquiries.
In the interim, Comer and Jordan have broadened the scope of their inquiry to examine the possibility that President Biden was complicit in what they refer to as a “scheme” to assist his son in evading the subpoena for depositions. Hunter Biden publicly renounced his father’s financial participation in his business dealings last month.
A month ago, the entire House chamber, led by Comer, Jordan, and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Missouri), officially initiated the impeachment investigation against President Biden.