Republicans have recommended criminal contempt charges against Hunter Biden for defying congressional subpoenas, setting the stage for a potential legal showdown.
Chaos unfolded on Wednesday as the president’s son unexpectedly appeared in person to address allegations surrounding his foreign business dealings, prompting fiery debates within two Republican-led House committees.
The Oversight and Judiciary committees convened separately to discuss contempt resolutions after Hunter Biden refused closed-door testimony last month, leading to accusations of obstructing the investigation.
With the November elections looming, Republicans are strategically attempting to tarnish President Joe Biden’s image, linking him to unfounded claims of benefiting from Hunter’s ventures.
During the Oversight Committee hearing, Hunter Biden, previously pushing for public testimony, attended but refused a private interview, sparking accusations of a “PR stunt” from South Carolina Republican Nancy Mace.
Amid a shouting match, Democrats countered the allegations, emphasizing the lack of evidence and comparing the situation to Republicans defying subpoenas related to the 2021 Capitol assault.
Despite the drama, both committees approved the contempt measure along party lines.
If the full House endorses the resolution, the Justice Department will decide whether to press charges, potentially escalating the legal challenges facing Hunter Biden, who already faces tax evasion charges in California.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the matter, asserting Hunter Biden’s status as a private citizen, making independent decisions.
The Justice Department’s historical reluctance to pursue criminal contempt cases raises questions about the potential impact of these proceedings.
In a parallel move, Republicans intensified efforts to oust Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, accusing him of neglecting border security.
The party aims to capitalize on the Biden administration’s vulnerability on immigration, highlighting a record surge of 10,000 daily migrant detentions in December as a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
Homeland Security Committee chairman Mark Green asserted that Mayorkas’s actions were grounds for impeachment, citing a deliberate crisis and gross incompetence.
A House floor vote on Mayorkas’s removal is anticipated in late January, with potential Senate consideration, further amplifying challenges for the Biden administration.
As the administration dismisses the Mayorkas impeachment as a “baseless political stunt,” the evolving dynamics on Capitol Hill set the stage for intensified political battles in the coming weeks.