House committees advance contempt charges against Hunter Biden

Two House committees on Wednesday approved a resolution to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress, after the president’s son unexpectedly crashed one of the meetings and upended proceedings.

Hunter Biden’s surprise cameo before the Oversight Committee threw the proceedings into partisan chaos and debauchery — with talk of "dick picks" and insults that the first son has "no balls" and epitomizes "white privilege" — as Republicans directly confronted him, even calling for his arrest.

“You're the epitome of white privilege, coming into the Oversight Committee, spitting in our face, ignoring a congressional subpoena to be deposed,” Rep. Nancy Mace said directly to Hunter Biden. “You have no balls to come up here.”

The South Carolina Republican also called for his arrest, to no avail.

Democrats argued that the GOP’s unwillingness to let Hunter Biden testify in a public setting today was proof that the contempt proceedings were a political stunt. When Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla., asked lawmakers to raise their hands if they would be willing to hear from Hunter Biden on this day — only one or two Republican arms went up.

“The only folks who are afraid to hear from the witness, with the American people watching, are my friends on the other side of the aisle,” Moskowitz fumed at the Oversight meeting, which lasted more than six hours.

The move by the Judiciary and Oversight committees to approve the resolution tees up a full House vote on whether to hold President Joe Biden’s son in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to give a deposition in the GOP impeachment probe of his father. Both committees have been jointly leading the Biden impeachment investigation.

The House will likely hold a vote next week — which could put the Justice Department in a high-profile bind.

Rep. Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., told Republicans that Hunter Biden “called your bluff.”

“And now you’re scrambling,” he added.

Meanwhile, nearby in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room, Rep. Sheila Jackson, D-Texas, told Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan "You have no facts and you have no truth," pleading with him to take up something that might actually benefit the American people instead.

But Republicans, who control the House by the slimmest of margins, said Hunter Biden does not get to dictate the terms under which he testifies in the impeachment probe.

House Judiciary Committee member Darrell Issa slammed the president's son for returning to the Capitol Wednesday and having the “chutzpah to show up in the committee room next door” — with his U.S. Secret Service detail — while refusing to comply with their subpoena.

“He has been contemptible of not just not showing up but how he has thwarted and given us the middle finger, if you will, to the American people,” Issa said.

“And when somebody flips the bird to the American people, or to the United States Congress or to the power of legitimate government actions," Issa said, "yes, that’s what referral for contempt to the federal court should be.”

Abbe Lowell, who is Hunter Biden’s lawyer, made a statement to a swarm of reporters who chased him and his client as they swiftly left the Oversight Committee hearing room.

“Republican chairs today then are commandeering an unprecedented resolution to hold someone in contempt, who has offered to publicly answer all their proper questions,” Lowell said. “The question there is: What are they afraid of?”

Republicans acted to bring the contempt charges against Hunter Biden after the president’s son refused to show up for a deposition in the GOP’s impeachment investigation last month, even after Republicans issued a subpoena for his private testimony. They argue the first son broke the law by defying the subpoena.

But Hunter Biden and his legal team contend he should have had a choice between a public and private meeting. They have accused Republicans of using closed-door depositions to selectively leak and distort information.

But the approval along strictly partisan lines of the contempt resolution through the Republican-led committees on Wednesday is an escalation of the feud between the House GOP and the White House, and piles onto Hunter Biden’s mounting legal issues. If the House approves the contempt resolution, it will then go to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to decide how — or whether — to handle the matter.

House Speaker Mike Johnson said "oh boy" when he heard about Hunter Biden's unannounced intrusion at the Oversight Committee.

"He’s still in defiance of the subpoena. And that is the important and undeniable fact here," Johnson said. "He’s defying a lawful congressional subpoena."

The speaker said he supports the committees holding the younger Biden in contempt, and he promised the full House will act accordingly.

"We have to do this. This is our role. It’s our responsibility," he said, adding, "We do not take any pleasure in this. This is not political."

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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