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Hunter Biden agrees to testify about overseas ventures in impeachment inquiry

By Jake Beardslee · November 28, 2023

In brief…

  • House Republicans investigating if President Biden committed impeachable offense tied to son's overseas ventures
  • Hunter's lawyer alleges "political stunt" and failure to substantiate corruption claims after 11 months
  • Biden's team argues committee should probe Trump family business, not Biden's, for wrongdoing
Hunter Biden has agreed to testify openly before a House panel investigating his foreign business dealings in relation to his father, President Biden, but his lawyers condemn the probe as an unsubstantiated "political stunt" that should instead target former President Trump's finances.  acaben/Wikimedia

Hunter Biden is willing to voluntarily testify before the House Oversight Committee on December 13th regarding his foreign business dealings, his lawyers said in a letter obtained by CNN. However, Biden wants the testimony to take place publicly rather than behind closed doors.

“We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public. We therefore propose opening the door. If, as you claim, your efforts are important and involve issues that Americans should know about, then let the light shine on these proceedings,” the letter from Biden’s legal team states.

The Republican-led committee recently subpoenaed Hunter Biden and his uncle James Biden as part of an ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s connections to his son’s overseas business ventures. Republicans allege the president may have committed an impeachable action related to the Biden family’s foreign dealings.

Hunter Biden’s lawyer Abbe Lowell condemned the investigation as a “political stunt” peddling “discredited conspiracies about the Biden family,” CNN reported. The letter argues that after 11 months the committee has failed to tie Hunter’s business activities to political favors from his father.

Oversight Committee Chair James Comer claims Hunter Biden’s testimony is necessary to uncover the extent President Biden “knew, was involved, and benefited” from the alleged influence-peddling. However, the letter from Hunter’s lawyers counters that the committee should instead probe former President Trump’s own family business dealings.