House Republicans To Issue Hunter Fresh Subpoenas 

Daily Report January 15,2024

House Republicans have signified their intention to grant Hunter Biden his wish for a fresh subpoena.

Hunter previously refused to comply with a prior subpoena requesting him to appear before the House oversight Committee for a secret deposition. However, Hunter’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, wrote a letter to Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) stating that the first son would comply with a fresh subpoena now that the House has voted on President Joe Biden’s impeachment inquiry. In the letter, Lowell argued that the subpoena was illegal because the House had not voted on the impeachment inquiry when it was issued.

Comer and Jordan, in a Sunday letter to Lowell, signified that they would be willing to accommodate the first son with a fresh subpoena.

“The Committees welcome Mr. Biden’s newfound willingness to testify in a deposition setting under subpoena,” the lawmaker wrote. “Although the Committee’s subpoenas are lawful and remain legally enforceable, as an accommodation to Mr. Biden and at your request, we are prepared to issue subpoenas compelling Mr. Biden’s appearance at a deposition on a new date in the coming weeks. To be clear, the issuance of these subpoenas does not in any way suggest or imply that the Committees believe the assertions in your January 12 letter to have any merit. Our willingness to issue these subpoenas is rooted entirely in our interest in obtaining Mr. Biden’s testimony as expeditiously as possible.”

The committee chairmen, however, noted that their willingness to accommodate the first son was not because their earlier subpoena was invalid.

“To be clear, the issuance of these subpoenas does not in any way suggest or imply that the Committees believe the assertions in your January 12 letter to have any merit,” Comer and Jordan wrote. “Our willingness to issue these subpoenas is rooted entirely in our interest in obtaining Mr. Biden’s testimony as expeditiously as possible.”

The committee chairmen dismissed Hunter’s request for public testimony, noting that the first son must appear before a secret deposition like every other witness.

“While we welcome Mr. Biden’s public testimony at the appropriate time, he must appear for a deposition that conforms to the House Rules and the rules and practices of the Committees, just like every other witness before the Committees,” they wrote.

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