Republican leaders of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees are raising questions about President Biden’s possible involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s decision to defy a congressional subpoena. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the respective chairs of these committees, have suggested that President Biden might have been part of a “conspiracy to obstruct a proceeding of Congress.”
In a letter addressed to Edward Siskel, White House counsel, Comer and Jordan have requested all relevant documents and communications from the Executive Office of the President concerning Hunter Biden’s deposition. They cite statements by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as the basis for their suspicion, indicating these actions could potentially amount to an impeachable offense.
This development follows Hunter Biden’s refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by House Republicans as part of their investigation into the president’s involvement with his family’s business dealings. The White House has consistently denied any such involvement by the president.
The controversy further intensified when Hunter Biden, instead of attending the scheduled closed-door deposition on December 13, chose to make a public statement outside the Capitol, claiming his father had no financial ties to his business ventures. House Republicans have since threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress for his failure to appear.
Comer and Jordan’s letter also references Jean-Pierre’s comments implying that President Biden had prior knowledge of Hunter’s plans to defy the subpoenas. This, according to the GOP leaders, raises serious questions about the president’s role in potentially obstructing congressional proceedings.
Additionally, they highlighted a statement from President Biden on December 6 dismissing allegations of interaction with his son and brother’s foreign business associates as “lies.” This comes alongside testimony from Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, about the president’s brief interactions with some of Hunter’s foreign partners.
The GOP leaders have set a January 10 deadline for the White House to submit the requested documents and communications, emphasizing the gravity of the situation and the potential implications for President Biden.