Jonathan Turley says Joe Biden giving Hunter special treatment over subpoena

 January 16, 2024

Legal expert Jonathan Turley used President Joe Biden’s own words against him Sunday when discussing son Hunter Biden’s defiance last month of a subpoena from House Republicans, pointing out hypocrisy on both sides of the political aisle.

Turley, a law professor at George Washington University Law School who testified at both Bill Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings, pointed out that Biden was clearly giving his son special treatment for ignoring the subpoena on December 13 and demanding that the deposition be held publicly rather than behind closed doors.

“President Biden himself said that such defiance could never be tolerated in others. When asked about Trump supporters defying subpoenas he declared, 'I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable criminally,'" Turley wrote, adding, "Those people, however, are not Bidens."

Hypocrisy on both sides

Turley was referring to subpoenas issued by the January 6 Select Committee, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan was one of those who defied the subpoena.

Even so, Jordan is seeking to hold Hunter Biden in contempt for defying the subpoena, even though he was never held in contempt for defying his own subpoena.

Turley thought it was particularly egregious when Hunter Biden showed up on Capitol Hill the day lawmakers were considering whether to hold him in contempt.

"The stunt caused pandemonium and infuriated members of Congress. Hunter demanded that they yield to his demands," he wrote. "Once again, Democrats unanimously voted to protect him, even though they had demanded the same depositions in the past."

A “proper” subpoena

Hunter Biden is still trying to get his way with the deposition. His lawyer Abbe Lowell said that the original subpoena wasn’t “proper” because the impeachment inquiry hadn’t been authorized by the full House at the time.

If a new, “proper” subpoena is issued, Hunter Biden will comply, Lowell said.

Turley rejected this reasoning in an email to Newsweek, however. "Hunter's demand for a 'valid' subpoena is a cynical demand. He has a valid subpoena and he is already in contempt," Turley said.

"There are institutional considerations that weigh against re-issuing the subpoena. This was a valid subpoena issued by multiple committees with independent subpoena authority,” he noted.

Jordan and House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) seem to be holding firm in seeking a contempt vote against Hunter Biden.

Obviously, Hunter may have important information for Congress about whether his father the president was involved in anything illegal, and that’s exactly why Joe Biden has to be hypocritical about the whole thing.

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