January 11, 2024

House Committee Recommends Holding Hunter Biden in Contempt

The House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee have approved resolutions to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for refusing a congressional subpoena, a move that advances the recommendation for prosecution.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 23-14, while the House Oversight Committee's vote was 25-21.

Both resolutions will be forwarded to the House Rules Committee, with the possibility of a combined resolution for a full House floor vote on contempt of Congress.

It remains uncertain whether each committee's resolution will be individually considered on the floor or if the House Rules Committee will consolidate them into one for the contempt vote.

A source familiar with the matter indicated that a full House floor vote could take place as early as next week.

House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jaime Raskin (D-MD), criticized the action, describing it as an "unprecedented" move to hold a private citizen in contempt when Hunter Biden has expressed readiness to provide the committee with the requested information.

During the House Oversight Committee markup, Hunter Biden, accompanied by his attorneys Abbe Lowell and Kevin Morris, unexpectedly appeared.

Despite offering to testify publicly ahead of his subpoenaed deposition on December 13, his request was rejected by committee chairs James Comer (R-KY) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), who emphasized equal treatment for all witnesses. Comer and Jordan pledged to release the transcript of Hunter Biden's deposition.

Hunter Biden, however, defied the subpoena and made a public statement outside the Capitol, asserting that his father was not financially involved in his business.

Comer characterized Hunter Biden's actions as a "blatant" defiance of two lawful subpoenas, stating that it constitutes contempt of Congress and warrants referral for prosecution.

Comer emphasized that Hunter Biden would not receive special treatment due to his last name, emphasizing the principle of equal treatment under the law for all Americans.

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