Hunter Biden has agreed to appear before the House Oversight Committee after being subpoenaed earlier this month; his attorney Abbe Lowell responded to the committee in a letter.
Lowell wants Biden’s testimony to be open door.
“We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public. We therefore propose opening the door,” Lowell said in the letter.
“Your Committee has been working for almost a year — without success — to tie our client’s business activities to his father,” he said, accusing the House panel of “manipulating” Hunter’s “legitimate business dealings” and history of addiction “into a politically motivated basis for hearings to accuse his father of some wrongdoing.”
“[A]ll your focus has been on this President’s family while turning a blind eye toward former President [Donald] Trump and his family’s businesses, some of which the family maintained while serving in office — an area ripe to inform your purported legislative pursuits,” Lowell added.
Oversight Committee chairman James Comer reacted to Lowell’s letter on X, saying that Biden is “trying to play by his own rules,” but agreed to hear testimony in a public setting. The committee has asked Hunter Biden to appear for a deposition on December 13.
“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans,” Comer said.
“Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13.”
“We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”
Read Comer’s statement below:
Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans.
My full statement👇 https://t.co/s8hU5VFNXl
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) November 28, 2023
“The House Oversight Committee has followed the money and built a record of evidence revealing how Joe Biden knew, was involved, and benefited from his family’s influence peddling schemes,” Comer said as he announced the subpoenas earlier this month.
“Now, the House Oversight Committee is going to bring in members of the Biden family and their associates to question them on this record of evidence.”
“Unlike the many lies President Biden told the American people about his family’s business schemes, bank records don’t lie,” Comer said.
Hunter Biden offers to testify before House Oversight Committee probing his business ties https://t.co/MdNVJVjQMd
— New York Post (@nypost) November 28, 2023