Hunter Biden was expected to testify before the House Oversight Committee behind closed doors on Wednesday.
Instead, he showed up at the Capitol and held an impromptu press conference.
Hunter Biden defies the subpoena for aclosed-door hearing — as Republicans are set to move forward with impeachment inquiry
“What are they afraid of? … I’m here to testify at a public hearing today to answer any of the committee’s legitimate questions.”https://t.co/zl8orPQ9vA
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 13, 2023
During his press conference, Biden again offered to testify publicly and also maintained his father was “was not financially involved” in his business, saying there is “no evidence because it did not happen.”
From Fox News:
Hunter Biden offer to testify publicly is a de facto rejection of the GOP demand that he appear Wednesday for the closed-door deposition he was subpoenaed for. That deposition was scheduled to take place Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Instead, he delivered a public statement on Capitol Hill Wednesday, blasting “MAGA” Republicans who have “invaded” his privacy, “attacked” his family, and “ridiculed my struggle with addiction.”
NEW: Hunter Biden sets the record straight ahead of today’s GOP House impeachment inquiry vote.
We all know Hunter Biden is being unfairly used by Republicans for revenge on President Biden.
This had to be a difficult moment… pic.twitter.com/wd3lxvwCZZ
— Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) December 13, 2023
“They belittled my recovery, and they have tried to dehumanize me, all to embarrass my father, who has devoted his entire life to public service,” the president’s son said. “For six years I have been a target of the unrelenting Trump attack team. ‘Where’s Hunter?’ Well, here’s my answer. I am here.”
NOW – Hunter Biden: "My father was not financially involved…"pic.twitter.com/IIf2kautvD
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) December 13, 2023
Hunter Biden added that “my father was not financially involved in my business,” saying he was not involved in his dealings with Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, or his Chinese investments and others in the U.S.
“No evidence to support that my father was financially involved in my business because it did not happen,” Hunter Biden said.
The White House and President Biden have maintained that the president was “never in business” with his son. Biden has also said he never spoke to his son about his business dealings, but evidence–like email records and testimony from Hunter Biden’s former business partners–presented by House Republicans in their investigations seem to contradict those statements.
The president’s son went on to blast House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and House Ways & Means Committee Chair Jason Smith, R-Mo., who are co-leading the House impeachment inquiry against President Biden.
Last week, Comer and Jordan threatened to hold Biden in contempt of Congress if he defied the subpoena and failed to appear for his deposition.
On Wednesday, after Biden skipped his deposition, Comer and Jordan announced that they would initiate contempt of Congress charges against him.
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.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) December 13, 2023
House Oversight Chairman @RepJamesComer reacts to Hunter Biden investigation:
"This has been a serious, credible and transparent investigation from day one… This is an investigation about public corruption at the highest levels… We expect to depose the President's son." pic.twitter.com/k7b4Q0CFKt
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 13, 2023