House Committee chairs investigate if Joe Biden helped Hunter avoid testifying

 December 29, 2023

The president's son stirred up controversy earlier this month when he refused to comply with subpoenas from the House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee.

While Hunter Biden's vanishing act may bring contempt charges, Republicans are now asking the White House if his father helped him pull it off. 

Committee chairs demand answers from White House counsel

According to Spectrum News, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan fired off a letter on Wednesday to White House counsel Edward Siskel.

In their correspondence, the lawmakers stressed that they "are compelled to examine as part of our impeachment inquiry whether the President engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct a proceeding of Congress."

Comer and Jordan are already conducting an investigation into whether the president was improperly involved in his son's business activities.

Deadline to turn over documents given

The two congressmen went on to point out that it is an offense under federal law to "influence, obstruct, or impede … the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry" Congress' investigative efforts.

"Likewise, any person who 'aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures' the commission of a crime is punishable as a principal of the crime," they added.

Comer and Jordan went on to demand that Siskel provide "documents and communications sent or received by employees of the Executive Office of the President regarding the deposition of Hunter Biden, including but not limited to communications with Hunter Biden, Winston & Strawn LLP, and Kevin Morris."

They also ordered him to turn over "[a]ll documents and communications sent or received by employees of the Executive Office of the President regarding President Biden’s statement about his family’s business associates on December 6, 2023."

Comer and Jordan concluded by giving Siskel until January 10 to provide the material that they demanded in their letter.

Serious questions about Eric Swalwell's involvement

Fox News noted that rather than show up for his sworn deposition, Hunter Biden instead opted to hold a press conference at the Capitol.

The event was scheduled by California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, a fact which George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said could have legal ramifications.

Turley told the network that "we need to know to what extent did he not only facilitate, but encourage what could be a federal crime," later adding, "And in my view, it was federal criminal contempt what Hunter did on that day."

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