House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) has hit back at Hunter Biden’s public testimony demands, adding that Congress will be setting a new precedent if it grants the first son his wish.
Hunter Biden last week responded to a House oversight Committee subpoena stating that he would only testify before House investigators at a public hearing.
Johnson, during an interview with Fox News on Saturday, said Hunter’s request goes against House precedent.
“It’s the precedent,” Johnson said.“ Remember for the J6 committee investigation, for the impeachments of Donald Trump, every investigation of Congress in the modern era, the deposition has come first and the public testimony follows. Why would we break that precedent now?”
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who attended the interview with Johnson, said the only legal and factual way to get Hunter’s testimony is through a deposition.
“It is important to get a deposition. A deposition is very different from an open hearing. For the viewers across, an open hearing is five minutes on the Democrat side, five minutes on the Republican side. It becomes a very public press opportunity for the Democrat to politicize,” Stefanik said. “We want to go at this from a legal and factual perspective and the only way to go about that is through a deposition. And I will remind you, this is what the Democrat said when they refused to allow just an open hearing when they made their argument that they want a deposition. Now they are trying to make a counter argument, but they are on record saying that witnesses should have a deposition.”
Stefanik added that Hunter’s demand is unacceptable and the only response to the subpoena is a deposition.
House Oversight Committee chairman has also dismissed Hunter’s demand, adding that the first son is trying to play by his own rule.
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“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans.
“Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on…
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) November 28, 2023
“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans,” Commer said in a statement. “Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13. We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have the opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”