Hunter Biden’s legal representative informed the House Oversight Committee in a letter replete with ridicule that the son of President Joe Biden desires for his appearance before the panel to be broadcast publicly.
As part of its investigation into the Biden family’s finances, the Oversight Committee issued subpoenas to several members of the president’s family to provide testimony last month. Hunter Biden was requested to attend in a closed-door setting.
NBC News reports that a letter from attorney Abbe Lowell to the commission stated that Hunter Biden intends to testify in public on December 13.
“We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public. We therefore propose opening the door,” Lowell wrote.
“Mr. Chairman, we take you up on your offer,” the attorney said in the letter to Republican Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the chairman of the committee, according to The Washington Post.
NEW: Hunter Biden is willing to testify in a public hearing before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, a striking and noteworthy escalation in the battle between the president's son and House GOP. https://t.co/YltcDOLBKk
— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 28, 2023
The letter mocked the panel, saying it had achieved nothing of substance.
“Your Committee has been working for almost a year — without success — to tie our client’s business activities to his father. You state that one of your purposes is to review how a President’s family’s business activities raise ethics and disclosure concerns to inform the basis for a legislative solution,” Lowell said.
“But all your focus has been on this President’s family while turning a blind eye toward former President Trump and his family’s businesses, some of which the family maintained while serving in office — an area ripe to inform your purported legislative pursuits,” he wrote.
Lowell said House Republicans have “manipulated” Hunter Biden’s “legitimate business dealings” and his addiction issues “into a politically motivated basis for hearings to accuse his father of some wrongdoing.”
The subpoena, he claimed, was “what appears to be a Hail Mary pass with your team behind in the score and time running out.”
“Your fishing expedition has become Captain Ahab chasing the great white whale,” the attorney wrote.
Comer said in a statement on Lowell’s letter that House Republicans “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.”
“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else,” the congressman said.
“That won’t stand with House Republicans,” he said. “Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13.”
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.
My full statement👇 https://t.co/s8hU5VFNXl
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) November 28, 2023
James Biden, the brother of the president, and Rob Walker, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, were also served with subpoenas.
There were requests for transcribed interviews with the following individuals: Sara Biden, the wife of James Biden; Hallie Biden, the widow of Beau Biden, and her sister, Elizabeth Secundy; Melissa Cohen, the wife of Hunter Biden; and Tony Bobulinsk, a former business associate of Hunter Biden.