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Hunter Biden refuses to attend House hearing

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Hunter Biden will not attend an upcoming House Oversight Committee public hearing regarding his business dealings.

His lawyer sent a letter rejecting the invitation, calling it a “carnival side show” and partisan charade not backed by evidence.

“To begin, even if that hearing was a legitimate exercise of congressional authority, neither Mr. Biden nor I can attend because of a court hearing the very next day in California,” Biden attorney Abbe Lowell said. “The scheduling conflict is the least of the issues, however.”

While Hunter Biden previously testified in a deposition, his lawyer asserts the allegations against Hunter and Joe Biden have been disproven.

The lawyer says Hunter maintains Joe Biden had no involvement in or financial gain from Hunter’s businesses.

“Your blatant planned-for-media event is not a proper proceeding but an obvious attempt to throw a Hail Mary pass after the game has ended,” Lowell added.

“All we need are people to come in for the depositions and then we’ll be finished. We just need people to show up to the depositions and we’ll wrap this up. Nobody wants to wrap this up more than I do.”

Hunter “did just as you asked and, as you did when you announced that witnesses could choose depositions, you want to ignore what you said.”

“I must confess my surprise by your hasty request,” Lowell wrote. “After that six-plus hour deposition on February 28, 2024, along with the realization that your inquiry was based on a patchwork of conspiracies spun by convicted liars and a charged Russian spy, I thought even you would recognize your baseless impeachment proceeding was dead.”

“Even before Mr. Biden testified, witness after witness undermined the central premise of your partisan charade.”

“President Biden has done nothing wrong and certainly nothing, even in your misapplication of the impeachment provisions of the Constitution, to warrant further proceedings,” Lowell said.

Hunter’s deposition answers “were the final nail in the coffin of your wasteful year-long misadventure.”

“As Mr. Biden said numerous times, backed up by an accurate reference to the records in the Committees’ possession, his father was never involved in or derived any financial benefit from Mr. Biden’s businesses,” Lowell said. “Your allegations of any wrongdoing by anyone comes only from your taking a word, phrase, or line out of context in a few communications usually written by people other than Mr. Biden or when Mr. Biden explained he was in the throes of addiction.”

Lowell added, “In total, your entire house of cards impeachment inquiry is built on one of those isolated texts, a drop-by hello at a dinner where Mr. Biden was pitching support for the World Food Program, a handshake hello in the lobby of a hotel, one of your colleagues not knowing the difference between ‘having a meeting’ and ‘meeting’ someone, Mr. Biden’s father chipping in to pay his share of a family bill, or Mr. Biden’s uncle paying back a loan he owed.”

“It is your attempt to resuscitate your Conference’s moribund inquiry with a made-for-right-wing-media, circus act,” he said. “Your idea of congressional ‘fact-finding’ is, amazingly, to have Mr. Biden appear with the discredited ‘witnesses’ you continue to promote.”

“Mr. Biden declines your invitation to this carnival side show,” Lowell wrote.

Meanwhile, the Committee chairman accused Hunter of backing out of a public hearing after long demanding one, and says parts of Hunter’s testimony contradict that of other witnesses.

Oversight Committee chairman James Comer plans to move forward with the hearing involving Hunter and associates to seek the truth for the American people.

“Hunter Biden for months stated he wanted a public hearing, but now that one has been offered alongside his business associates that he worked with for years, he is refusing to come,” Comer said. “During our deposition and interview phase of our investigation, Hunter Biden confirmed key evidence, including evidence that his father, President Joe Biden, lied to the American people about his family’s business dealings and in fact attended meetings, spoke on speakerphone, and had coffee with his foreign business associates who collectively funneled millions to the Bidens.”

“Next week’s hearing with Hunter Biden and his associates is moving forward and we fully expect Hunter Biden to participate,” Comer said. “The American people demand the truth and accountability for the Bidens’ corruption.”

“I’m shocked because all I’ve heard from Hunter Biden is that he wanted to come and have a public hearing and now we have a venue for a public hearing and he’s declining to come,” Comer said. “The media attacked me for weeks because we wouldn’t allow him to testify in public. Well, now we are. What’s the media going to do now?”

“When you’re investigating a family for this level of corruption you deserve the truth, the American people deserve the truth,” Comer said. “We’re giving Hunter Biden a venue to testify publicly.”

He added, “I think he’ll be there. We expect him to be there and we look forward to seeing him next week.”

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