President Joe Biden previously called on the Justice Department to prosecute anyone who defies a Jan. 6 subpoena from a congressional committee.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan are now threatening to hold Hunter in contempt if he refuses to appear for a deposition. .president Said Reporters said in October 2021 that if the special committee that investigated the January 6, 2021 riot defied a congressional subpoena, they should be prosecuted by the Justice Department.
“I hope the committee goes after them and holds them accountable,” he told Caitlan Collins, a former CNN White House correspondent who also previously worked for the Daily Caller. Told.
The president made the remarks as the House of Representatives was poised to pursue contempt charges against Steve Bannon, the Trump administration’s chief White House strategist, for refusing to subpoena the committee.
intention @POTUS Will he instruct the Justice Department to prosecute Hunter if he fails to comply with Congressional subpoenas?
Question: “Mr. President, what is your message to those who do not comply with Congressional subpoenas… Should they be prosecuted by the Department of Justice?”
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) December 6, 2023
After the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Biden to appear before the committee for a deposition in November, Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbie D. Lowell, testified publicly on his behalf and I suggested to the client that the recording be omitted. Mr. Comer, Mr. Jordan, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith rejected Mr. Lowell’s request and requested that he appear in a closed deposition.
In a letter sent Wednesday, Comer and Jordan said the president’s son would be held in contempt if he refuses the subpoena or refuses to appear for a private deposition on Dec. 13. I informed Mr. Lowell. (Related: Justice Department blocks key officials involved in Hunter Biden investigation from testifying, House report reveals)
“Contrary to your letter’s claims, Mr. Biden has no ‘choice’. “The subpoena compels him to appear for a deposition on December 13th. “If you do not appear for your deposition on March 13, the committee will begin proceedings for contempt of Congress,” the letter reads.
According to the law, contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor for those who fail to comply with a Congressional subpoena. Congressional Research Service.
Mr. Jordan and Mr. Kamel are leading an impeachment inquiry into the president’s alleged involvement in his son’s overseas dealings in Ukraine, China and Romania, although the president denies ever discussing his son’s dealings. . The committee’s investigation found that the current president attended dinners in Washington, D.C., with Burisma executive Vadim Pozharskiy in 2015 and Russian oligarch Elena Baturina in 2014. did.
Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, testified that the younger Biden called his father about 20 times on speakerphone while his foreign business partner was present.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Biden said he interacted with his son’s business associates despite the Ways and Means Committee finding that Biden reportedly exchanged more than 50 emails using a false name. He denied what he had done. Emails show he used the pseudonym “Robin Ware” to communicate with Hunter Biden’s business associate, accountant Eric Schwerin.