After months of resistance, Hunter Biden agrees to a statement with the Republicans in the House of Representatives

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After months of resistance, Hunter Biden agrees to a statement with the Republicans in the House of Representatives


January 18, 2024

Hunter Biden has agreed to appear before Republicans in the House of Representatives for a private deposition next month, ending months of resistance from the president’s son, who had pushed for public testing.

The House Oversight Committee announced Thursday that the two sides had agreed that Hunter Biden will make a statement on February 28.

His statement will come after several interviews with family members and associates of Biden, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), Chairman of the Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the judicial panel, said in a statement. “We look forward to Hunter Biden’s testimony.

A request for comment from Biden’s lawyers was not immediately returned.

Republicans were expected to send a contempt resolution against him to the House of Representatives this week, but called off that move on Tuesday to give the parties extra time to negotiate.

The deal ends months of contentious back-and-forth between the Democratic president’s son and Republicans, who have been investigating his foreign business dealings for more than a year in a so-far futile effort to link his actions that of his father.

Republicans, led by Comer and Jordan, first subpoenaed the younger Biden in November, demanding he appear privately before the Legislature in mid-December. Biden and his lawyers declined a private interview, saying it could allow information to be selectively leaked and manipulated by Republicans, and insisted he testify only in a public setting.

When Republicans denied these terms, Hunter Biden and his lawyers made two separate appearances at the U.S. Capitol, further angering congressional investigators. In both cases, Biden again declined to testify privately, but made statements to the media defending his business affairs and denouncing the years-long investigation into him and his family.

An impeachment inquiry into the president began in September, focusing heavily on Hunter Biden and his international business dealings, questioning whether the president had profited from that work. Evidence has yet to be found that directly implicates President Biden in misconduct related to his son’s work.

Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.


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