Hunter Biden to testify in impeachment probe

Hunter Biden is scheduled to privately testify before House lawmakers on Feb. 28 as part of the GOP's impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

The agreement between Hunter Biden and House Republicans comes after months of standoffs between the two sides, which brought the first son to the brink of being held in contempt of Congress.

"His deposition will come after several interviews with Biden family members and associates," Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio and James Comer, R-Ky., the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, said in a joint statement. "We look forward to Hunter Biden’s testimony."

A representative for the Biden legal team confirmed the agreement and timing for the deposition.

Biden's decision to sit for a deposition in the probe into his father comes after he and his legal team insisted he would only appear for a public hearing in the investigation. The first son skipped out on a deposition scheduled for last month, prompting House Republicans to move forward with contempt of Congress charges against him.

Two House panels last week approved the contempt resolutions, setting up a full House vote that was slated to happen this week. But GOP leaders pulled a vote on the contempt charges after Hunter Biden signaled he would be willing to sit for a deposition if lawmakers issued a new subpoena.

A source familiar with the discussions between committee staff and Hunter Biden's lawyers maintained that the president's son always wanted to provide the committee with facts.

"He even went to Congress twice, in person, to do that," the source said.

The source said the younger Biden's concern has "always been a pattern by Republicans to cherry-pick closed-door sessions."

"That is the reason Hunter wanted and then accepted Comer's offer of appearing at a public hearing," the source continued, adding the Biden's team has been in discussion with the committee staff about "a way for Hunter to provide the facts in a way that addresses his concern."

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, reacted to the news of Hunter Biden setting a date to testify by saying he was "looking forward to us getting through with this thing."

"More and more Republicans are telling me, especially now that their margin is vanishing to almost nothing, that they just don't have the votes for impeachment," Raskin said. "So they have to try to keep the Hunter Biden thing going."

Hunter Biden's decision to relent comes as he faces already-mounting legal issues. If acted upon by the Justice Department, the contempt charges could have netted Hunter Biden his third criminal indictment as his father ramps up his battle for a second term in the White House.

The GOP's impeachment inquiry has increasingly focused on Hunter Biden, with Republicans unable to link the president to any wrongdoing or illegal activity in the probe. But the party has continued to home in on the Biden family's business activities, accusing the first family of profiting from an influence peddling scheme.

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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