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AOC defends President Biden’s son amid congressional clash

By Jake Beardslee · December 14, 2023

In brief…

  • AOC defended Hunter Biden after he refused to testify before Congress
  • She said Republicans have no witnesses to back up allegations against Biden
  • Biden held a press conference instead of complying with a subpoena
  • He stated his father was not involved in his foreign business deals
  • Republicans threaten to hold Biden in contempt of Congress
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Hunter Biden from Republican allegations of unethical business practices after he refused to comply with a Congressional subpoena to testify.  nrkbeta/Wikimedia

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came to Hunter Biden’s defense after he refused to testify before Congress about his business dealings. Republicans have accused Biden of unethical practices and want to question him, but he says the allegations are politically motivated.

“We have asked virtually every single person that has come to testify for this committee, ‘Have you seen, witnessed, participated, in a room, anything with first-hand testimony of any of what is being alleged?’” And every single witness that they have called before us has said, ‘No, I haven’t seen anything, didn’t hear anything, wasn’t party to anything,” The congresswoman said in a press conference, adding that “this is just story telling at this point.”

Biden was subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees but instead held a press conference. He stated “My father was not financially involved in my business.” Biden said his father did not participate in his dealings with Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings or Chinese investments.

The committee chairs, Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan, said they will start proceedings to hold Biden in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify. They said “President Biden and his family must be held accountable for their corruption and obstruction.”