On Tuesday, Hunter Biden’s attorney said that Biden has agreed to testify – publicly – in front of the House Oversight Committee.
In a letter to Oversight Chair James Comer, R-Ky., Biden’s attorney Abbe Lowell said his client will participate in the hearings on Dec. 13 (set by the committee), or “any date in December that we can arrange.” Lowell also called the investigation as an “empty” waste of government resources, saying that an open (public) hearing would prevent “selective leaks, manipulated transcripts, doctored exhibits, or one-sided press statements … We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the publi. We therefore propose opening the door.”
However, Comer rejected the idea of Hunter Biden testifying in public initially and called on him to abide by a closed-door hearing: “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. Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on Dec 13. We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have the opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”
Comer issued subpoenas targeting Hunter Biden, his brother James Biden, and his business associate Rob Walker on Nov. 8; with the committee calling for James Biden on Dec. 6, and Walker on Wednesday. The committee said it had obtained financial reports showing members of the Biden family set up shell companies to hide payments to “foreign adversaries,” with many established while Joe Biden was serving as vice president. However, White House spokesman Ian Sams countered that the inquiry had “turned up no evidence to support their outlandish allegations of bribery and ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ which they claim are motivating their open-ended ‘impeachment inquiry.’”
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