The chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees this week warned Hunter Biden that they will take steps to hold him in contempt of Congress if he fails to appear at a closed-door deposition this month, the Associated Press reported.
Hunter’s attorney Abbe Lowell told Republicans last week that his client insisted on testifying only in a public hearing.
However, in a December 6 letter to Lowell, Oversight Committee Chairmen James Comer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said the subpoena for Hunter to testify in a December 13 closed-door deposition is non-negotiable.
In their letter, Chairmen Comer and Jordan told Lowell that contrary to his assertions, “there is no ‘choice’ for Mr. Biden to make.”
The lawmakers added that a closed-door session before a public hearing has historically been the approach both Republicans and Democrats have used with witness depositions.
Hunter previously said he did not want to testify behind closed doors since the interviews could be selectively leaked to “manipulate, even distort, the facts” as a way to “misinform the American public.”
Hunter’s testimony before Congress may have hit another speed bump, however, when on Thursday, it was reported that the younger Biden had been indicted for tax crimes in the Central District of California.
In the federal indictment unsealed on Thursday, Hunter is charged with failure to file or pay taxes, tax evasion, and filing fraudulent tax returns.
According to the indictment, instead of paying taxes, Hunter spent the money on personal items, including luxury hotels, luxury car rentals, and even escort services which Hunter then claimed as “business expenses” on his taxes.
Federal prosecutors accuse the president’s son of a “four-year scheme” to avoid paying at least $1.4 million in federal taxes from 2016 to 2019, during which Hunter grossed more than $7 million in income, according to the indictment.