House Oversight Committee Chairman and House Judiciary Committee Chairman send letter to White House Counsel
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan have written a letter to White House Counsel Edward Siskel, notifying him of an additional area of their investigation. The chairmen have expressed concern about President Biden’s potential involvement in obstructing a congressional proceeding.
President Biden’s Son Defies Congressional Subpoenas
Hunter Biden, the president’s son, was subpoenaed to appear for a deposition before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. However, he defied the subpoenas and instead delivered a public statement before the press. Comer and Jordan highlight that Mr. Biden’s refusal to testify in a closed-door setting and demands for special treatment are significant factors in their investigation.
White House Press Secretary’s Statement Raises Questions
Comer and Jordan point to a statement made by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, where she acknowledged President Biden’s awareness of his son’s public statement. This statement “suggests the President had some amount of advanced knowledge that Mr. Biden would choose to defy two congressional subpoenas.” The chairmen argue that this raises concerns about potential obstruction of Congress.
Potential Impeachable Offense
The chairmen refer to the criminal code, highlighting that obstructing a congressional investigation is unlawful. They argue that President Biden’s involvement in his son’s decision to defy the subpoenas could constitute an impeachable offense. They claim to have accumulated substantial evidence of Hunter Biden’s business endeavors involving his father and the President’s false claims about his knowledge and involvement in these schemes.
Demands for Documents and Communications
In their letter, Comer and Jordan demand all documents and communications related to Hunter Biden’s deposition, including those involving Hunter Biden himself, the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP, and Kevin Morris. They also request all documents and communications related to the President’s statement about his family’s business associates. They have given White House Counsel Edward Siskel until January 10th to produce the requested information.