Hunter Biden offers to appear at public hearing in place of deposition

 November 29, 2023

House Oversight Committee James Comer made headlines earlier this month when he issued a subpoena for Hunter Biden to be deposed.

In response, Biden has attempted to avoid the deposition by admitting that he is willing to testify in a public hearing. 

Letter: Public hearing "would prevent selective leaks" and "manipulated transcripts"

According to Rolling Stone, Biden's attorney sent a letter on Tuesday to Comer offering to have his client appear before cameras.

The correspondence said that in light of Biden's "willingness to address this investigation publicly up to this point, we would expect him to be willing to testify before Congress."

It added that such a move "would prevent selective leaks, manipulated transcripts, doctored exhibits, or one-sided press statements."

However, Comer quickly responded by issuing a statement in which he entertained the possibility of a public hearing but flatly turned down any potential compromise with the president's son.

Comer: "We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition"

"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," he wrote.

"Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13," the chairman continued.

"We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have [the] opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date," he insisted.

Democrat calls Comer's response "an epic humiliation"

Meanwhile, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan issued a statement of his own, saying, "We are glad that Hunter Biden has decided to cooperate and we look forward to hearing from him in a deposition on December 13 and subsequently at a public hearing."

For his part, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin mocked Comer's insistence that Biden comply with the subpoena, calling it "an epic humiliation."

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