Washington — Republicans are taking the first step to declare Hunter Biden in contempt of the Congress for ignoring a subpoena, an extraordinary measure that could result in the House of Representatives recommend criminal charges against a member of the US president’s family Joe Biden.
The House Oversight and Judiciary committees will vote separately Wednesday on whether to hold Hunter Biden in contempt, as Republicans enter the final phase of their investigation of Joe Biden. The investigation, launched in September, has so far produced no evidence that the president was directly involved in any improper action.
If the committees, as planned, approve their resolutions against Hunter Biden, they will go to the full chamber for consideration. And if the full House approves the declaration, it will be the decision of the Department of Justice to initiate criminal proceedings.
A contempt finding would be another headache for federal prosecutors, who have already come under intense scrutiny for their handling of allegations that the president’s son lied about his taxes and his consumption of drugs. drugs.
If the Justice Department declines to bring charges against Hunter Biden, it would compound Republican criticism that the case is politicized, especially given that two former aides to former President Donald Trump were charged with contempt of Congress by the Biden administration. But contempt cases can be difficult.
Hunter Biden has defended his decision to ignore the subpoena to testify before a closed-door commission in mid-December. Biden and his lawyers argue that what was said in a closed meeting could be leaked to the press and distorted by Republican politicians, and they insist that the session must be public.
“It is clear that Republicans are not interested in getting to the facts, or else they would accept Hunter testifying publicly,” stated Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, in a statement Friday. “Instead, House Republicans continue to play politics by pursuing an unprecedented contempt motion against someone who from the beginning has offered to answer every inappropriate question.”