House Republicans Release Hunter Biden Contempt Resolutions

House Republicans in the Oversight and Judiciary Committees issued resolutions on Monday, recommending that Hunter Biden should be held in contempt before Congress.

House Oversight and Judiciary have advised the House that Hunter Biden should be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to appear at a deposition behind closed doors on Dec. 13 because he disobeyed congressional subpoenas.

“Mr. Biden’s testimonies are a crucial component of the impeachment investigation into, among others, whether Joseph R. Biden Jr., in his capacity as Vice President or President, (1) took official actions or changed government policy in response to money or other valuable things provided to himself or to his immediate family; (2) abused the office of trust in the public by giving foreign interest access to him or to his office, in exchange of payments made to his wife or to him; (3) abused the office of trust in the public by participating in a House Judiciary’s report contains similar remarks.

“Mr. Biden’s flagrant disregard for the Committees’ subpoenas to give depositions, while choosing to appear on Capitol grounds nearby to read out a prepared statement about the same issues is contemptuous. He must be held responsible for his illegal actions,” says the Oversight Report. The Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Accountability has recommended that Congress hold Robert Hunter Biden accountable for contempt due to his refusal to comply with the Committee’s subpoena.

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Hunter Biden held a press event outside Capitol Hill on December 13 and read prepared remarks rather than appear for the deposition.

James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said that shortly after Hunter Biden’s press conference they would begin contempt proceedings against him.

“Let me be as clear as possible: My father had no financial involvement in my business. He was not a practicing attorney, nor a member of the board at Burisma. Not in my business partnership with a Chinese individual. Hunter Biden told the press that he was not interested in his investments, either domestically or abroad. He repeated his offer of testifying publicly rather than attending the closed session.

Jason Smith, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Comer and Jordan lead an impeachment investigation into Joe Biden. House Republicans voted on Dec. 13 for the formalization of the impeachment investigation.

Republicans in the Judiciary and Oversight Committees have announced that they will hold markups on Jan. 10, to discuss the respective committees’ resolutions and reports.