New Date Set For Hunter Biden’s Deposition
House Republicans have revealed a new date for Hunter Biden’s closed door hearing before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees.
The news was shared by Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), who said, “Hunter Biden will appear before our committees for a deposition on February 28, 2024. His deposition will come after several interviews with Biden family members and associates. We look forward to Hunter Biden’s testimony.”
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The House Oversight and Judiciary Committees had approved contempt of Congress resolutions against Hunter for his failure to comply with congressional subpoenas for a closed-door deposition as part of the panels’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
As the full House was getting set to hold Hunter in contempt of Congress this week, his attorney, Abbe Lowell, wrote to the chairmen, indicating his client’s willingness to honor new subpoenas issued to him.
“Rather than accepting Mr. Biden’s offer to voluntarily sit for a public hearing,5 you are now seeking to have the full House find him in contempt based on subpoenas for a deposition that you issued on November 8 and 9, 2023. I write to make you aware (if you are not already) that your subpoenas were and are legally invalid and cannot form a legal basis to proceed with your misdirected and impermissible contempt resolution. And you two, of all people, should know that is the case,” the letter read.
While Lowell’s letter claimed that the initial subpoenas the panels issued to Hunter were not legally valid, Comer and Jordan argued that they were. However, they expressed willingness to grant Hunter’s request for new subpoenas.
“Although the Committee’s subpoenas are lawful and remain legally enforceable, as an accommodation to Mr. Biden and at your request, we are prepared to issue subpoenas compelling Mr. Biden’s appearance at a deposition on a new date in the coming weeks,” they wrote in a Sunday letter to Lowell.
“To be clear, the issuance of these subpoenas does not in any way suggest or imply that the Committees believe the assertions in your January 12 letter to have any merit. Our willingness to issue these subpoenas is rooted entirely in our interest in obtaining Mr. Biden’s testimony as expeditiously as possible,” the letter read further.
Hunter had defied the initial subpoenas issued to him for a deposition on Dec. 12, showing up on Capitol Hill but refusing to go in for the closed door hearing scheduled for that day. Instead, he challenged House Republicans to come get a public hearing from him instead.