The Biden family’s criminal saga has been one for the history books. But this may be the end of the line for them.
Because Hunter Biden just turned himself in to authorities.
Conservatives have known for a while that Hunter Biden and his family have made some shady business deals.
And they go all the way to the top, implicating President Biden himself in bribery allegations.
Well, Hunter is saying he’s ready to tell all.
But the House Oversight Committee isn’t looking too eager to allow him.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee rejected first son Hunter Biden’s offer to publicly address members’ queries about his business ties on Tuesday, accusing him of “trying to play by his own rules.”
On Dec. 13, when the panel insisted the first son appear for a closed-door, transcribed interview, Hunter’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, gave the committee the opportunity to grill his client in front of the public.
“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, which was obtained by The Post and first reported by NBC News.
Depositions, unlike public hearings, are largely supervised by committee counsel and are less prone to disturbances.
“Your Committee has been working for almost a year — without success — to tie our client’s business activities to his father,” Lowell added, 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.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said in a statement that members “expect full cooperation” with their initial subpoena but “also agree that Hunter Biden should have [the] opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”
“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else,” Comer said. “That won’t stand with House Republicans. Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13.”
President Biden’s brother, James, 73, has also been summoned to testify before the committee on December 6. It is unclear whether his hearing will be held in private.
Comer also subpoenaed Biden family associate Rob Walker, as well as former business associate Tony Bobulinski, James Biden’s wife Sara, Hunter’s former sister-in-law-turned-lover Hallie Biden, Hallie’s sister Elizabeth Secundy, and Hunter’s current wife Melissa Cohen.
Both Hunter and James are accused of using their relationship with the president during his eight years as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and for years thereafter to arrange business transactions, including projects with China and Ukraine.
“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.
“These records reveal how the Bidens sold Joe Biden around the world to benefit the Biden family, including Joe Biden himself, to the detriment of US interests.”
Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), whose panel is involved in the impeachment investigation, wrote to Lowell, requesting his testimony in order to decide if the president should be removed from office.
“The Committees are investigating whether sufficient grounds exist to draft articles of impeachment against President Biden for consideration by the full House,” Comer and Jordan wrote.
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