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Republicans Decline Hunter Biden’s Proposal For Public Testimony



House Republicans have rejected Hunter Biden's proposal for open testimony.
House Republicans have rejected Hunter Biden's proposal for open testimony. (Photos via archive)

In a letter sent on Tuesday to committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.), Hunter Biden agreed to testify before the committee on December 13, on the condition that the hearing be public. Citing Comer’s earlier demand for public testimony, Biden’s attorneys expressed concerns about potential leaks, manipulated transcripts, doctored exhibits, or biased press statements in a closed-door proceeding.

However, Republicans rejected this offer, with Comer stating, “Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans.” Comer emphasized that the lawfully issued subpoena requires Hunter Biden to appear for a deposition on December 13, but in a private setting.

Committee member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) expressed the committee’s readiness for Hunter Biden’s deposition on December 13, but rejected a public hearing for now. In response, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat, criticized Republicans for rejecting Hunter Biden’s offer, suggesting it was a confession that they lacked confidence in their case.

Hunter Biden’s attorneys, in their letter to Comer, argued that the GOP’s “empty investigation” should come to an end, proposing Hunter’s appearance at a public hearing on December 13 or any date in December. They asserted that the investigations into Hunter Biden have been baseless, urging the American people to see for themselves.

Hunter Biden has been a focal point of Republican scrutiny, with three congressional committees investigating allegations of corruption. In September, he faced charges related to possessing a firearm under the influence of narcotics, pleading not guilty after a collapsed plea deal. Allegations of improper interference by the Biden administration in investigations, as well as claims of using his father’s positions for financial gain, remain unproven.

Despite ongoing investigations, Hunter Biden and his legal team have taken a more offensive approach, filing lawsuits against entities involved in the Republican efforts to prosecute him. Hunter is now pushing for a public testimony before the Oversight Committee, a move not embraced by all Republicans, as evidenced by Rep. Jason Smith’s initial tweet welcoming the testimony, which was later deleted.