Rep. James Comer and Rep. Jim Jordan have both been deeply involved in the early stages of the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and whether he profited from his son Hunter’s business relationships overseas, and now they’re trying to hold Hunter accountable through contempt of Congress charges.
As background, they demanded Hunter testify to Congress, and though he agreed to do so in a public hearing, he refused to do so in the private hearing that the Congressmen wanted. They argued a private hearing was necessary so that both more questions and more in-depth questions could be asked of Hunter than in a less useful public hearing. Hunter refused to go along with that, so now they’re bringing contempt of Congress proceedings.
Posting the statement on X, Comer captioned it by saying, “🚨🚨🚨Hunter Biden today defied lawful subpoenas and we will now initiate contempt of Congress proceedings. We will not provide special treatment because his last name is Biden. Read my full statement with @Jim_Jordan below.👇”
In the statement itself, Comer and Jordan announced the contempt of Congress proceedings against Hunter, saying, “Hunter Biden today defied lawful subpoenas and we will now initiate contempt of Congress proceedings. We will not provide special treatment because his last name is Biden.”
Continuing, the two congressmen said, “As our committees were today prepared to depose Hunter Biden, he chose to make a public statement on Capitol Hill instead where he said his father, Joe Biden was not financially involved in his family’s business dealings. Exactly how was Joe Biden involved? Evidence shows Joe Biden met with Hunter’s business associates and his name was at the center of the family business strategy.”
They then called on Congress to ensure that the Biden family is “held accountable,” writing, “Today, the House will vote on an impeachment inquiry resolution to strengthen our legal case in the courts as we face obstruction from the White House and witnesses. Today’s obstruction by Hunter Biden reinforces the need for a formal vote. President Biden and his family must be held accountable for their corruption and obstruction. And we will provide that to the American people.” The House did vote in favor of the formal impeachment inquiry.
Watch Comer and Jordan announce the charges here:
Hunter, speaking in a press conference on why he would not appear for the hearing they GOP congressmen desired and what was going on with his business activities. In it, he said, “Let me state as clearly as I can. My father was not financially involved in my business, not as a practicing lawyer, not as a board member of Burisma. Not my partnership with a Chinese private businessman, not my investments at home nor abroad, and certainly not as an artist. There is no evidence to support the allegations that my father was financially involved in my business because it did not happen.”
“There has already been a five year investigation yet. Here I am, Mr. Chairman, taking up your offer when you said we can bring these people in for depositions or committee hearings, whichever they choose, blood chosen. I am here to testify at a public hearing today to answer any of the committee’s legitimate questions,” he continued. Watch that here:
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