Hunter Biden's challenge to House Republicans: 'Be careful what you ask for'
Like his father, Hunter Biden is showing unthinkable arrogance in the face of Republicans' legitimate questions about his sleazy "business" deals.
A source close to the first son told Republicans "be careful what you ask for" as House Republicans press Hunter to testify.
Hunter's audacious move
Republicans have subpoenaed Hunter to testify privately on December 13.
This week, Hunter Biden's lawyer Abbe Lowell told House Republicans that Hunter would testify but only publicly and not in a "cloaked, one-sided process."
Top House Republican investigator James Comer (Ky.) says Republicans are not opposed to public testimony in the future, but Hunter Biden should not be allowed to dictate the terms.
"Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else," Comer said. "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."
Biden defenders scramble...
For months, the White House - in conjunction with the mainstream media, Democrats, and Hunter Biden's lawyers - have sneered at the Republicans' investigation, calling it a baseless witch hunt.
Joe Biden himself boasted, "Where's the money?" in response to questions about his family's dealings.
Republicans cite a body of incriminating evidence, including texts, e-mails, and suspicious wire transfers, as signs of money laundering and influence peddling.
Some of Biden's loudest sycophants, like Dan Goldman (D-Ny.), have pounced on the Republicans' response to Hunter's offer as proof that they have no evidence. (Goldman notoriously lied to the public about Devon Archer's closed-door testimony, falsely claiming the Biden business partner talked about an "illusion of access.")
After his first "impeachment" hearing was such an abject failure, @RepJamesComer will do anything to avoid that embarrassment again.
It’s remarkable to hear a committee chairman argue AGAINST having a hearing for all Americans to see because he doesn’t know how to ask questions. https://t.co/egkhaqEtUT
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) November 29, 2023
But even some Republicans are privately concerned that the party may be overplaying their hand.
“This is literally what we’ve been barking about for a year now,” a senior GOP aide said. “The White House is pissed and Hunter is clearly doing this out of emotion so we gotta jump on it and make it happen as soon as possible.”
Republicans had a single impeachment hearing in September before their inquiry was derailed by the weeks-long battle over Speaker of the House.
The new Speaker, Mike Johnson (La.), has taken a wait-and-see approach to impeachment, saying Republicans should not "rush" to a partisan vote like Democrats did with President Trump.
"We are the rule of law team. The Republican party stands for the rule of law," he said.