The House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee have passed resolutions to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for brazenly defying a congressional subpoena. This development sets the stage for a consequential full vote on the House floor in the coming days, potentially recommending the prosecution of the president’s first son.
The House Judiciary Committee’s vote, with a decisive 23-14 outcome, and the House Oversight Committee’s 25-21 vote reflect a growing concern among conservative members about the Biden family’s alleged involvement in questionable activities. Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, addressed the committee after his client’s unexpected appearance at a House Oversight Committee markup and meeting.
Hunter Biden just walked in our Oversight hearing to hold him in contempt.
Hunter can’t follow the law!
Showing up after he’s broken the law by violating his subpoena is not following the law, Hunter must follow the law!!
All Hunter has done is break the law. pic.twitter.com/HTvr7vvUaS
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 10, 2024
Both the House Judiciary Committee’s resolution and the House Oversight Committee’s resolution will now proceed to the House Rules Committee. The unfolding scenario raises questions about whether each committee’s resolution will receive individual floor votes or if the House Rules Committee will amalgamate both resolutions for a comprehensive contempt of Congress vote. A source with insights suggests that a full House floor vote could transpire as early as next week, underscoring the urgency felt by conservatives to address potential misconduct.
Hunter Biden’s surprise appearance at the House Oversight Committee markup, accompanied by attorneys Abbe Lowell and Kevin Morris, follows his subpoenaed deposition on Dec. 13. Despite offering to testify publicly, Hunter Biden’s overtures were rejected by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, who emphasized the need for equal treatment and pledged to release the deposition transcript.
Hunter Biden’s defiance of the subpoena and his subsequent public statement outside the Capitol have drawn sharp criticism from conservatives. Chairman James Comer labeled Hunter Biden’s actions as a “willful refusal to comply with the committees’ subpoenas,” branding it a criminal act constituting contempt of Congress. This move is essential in the pursuit of justice, regardless of the individual’s last name.
I believe that Hunter Biden should be held completely in contempt. I believe he should be hauled off to jail right now!”
Hunter reaction 🤣😂
— Spitfire (@DogRightGirl) January 10, 2024
During the meeting, Democratic lawmakers acknowledged Hunter Biden’s presence, with some requesting him to take questions – a request that conservatives rejected, emphasizing the need for a fair and impartial process. Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla., called for an immediate vote to hear from Hunter Biden, a proposal dismissed by conservatives who stress the importance of following established procedures.
Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, criticized the move to consider a resolution to hold him in contempt of Congress as “unprecedented,” despite his client’s offer to answer questions publicly. This move, conservatives argue, highlights concerns about potential corruption and a lack of transparency within the Biden family.
Hunter Biden should be held in contempt.
There was a lawful Congressional subpoena.
He did not answer the subpoena.
He flaunted his refusal to answer the subpoena.
ANY OTHER AMERICAN would be held in contempt by Congress.
This is DEMOCRAT PRIVILEGE of the highest order. pic.twitter.com/tnZJesQBkl
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) January 10, 2024
The White House, when questioned, declined to confirm whether it was informed in advance of Hunter Biden’s attendance at the House Oversight’s markup session. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre emphasized Hunter Biden’s status as a private citizen, deflecting additional questions to Hunter Biden’s attorneys. This, conservatives argue, raises concerns about the Biden family’s influence and the potential implications of the impeachment inquiry.
Last month, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan expanded their investigation to examine whether President Biden was involved in his son’s actions, suggesting a potential impeachable offense. Conservatives view this as a necessary step to address concerns about corruption and ensure accountability within the highest echelons of government.