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Republicans threaten contempt proceedings if Hunter Biden refuses to appear for deposition

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He hasn't refused to appear. He has offered to appear as long as the hearings are public. What is the GOP so scared of in being transparent?! Actually, strike that, it's obvious they have nothing.

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Contrary to the assertions in your letter, there is no ‘choice’ for Mr. Biden to make,” wrote Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

Which is really weird, considering previously they gave him the option to testify publicly. If he's willing to do so, why not allow him to do so? It's seems as if the crooks are aware they're crooks.

But questions have arisen about the ethics surrounding the Biden family’s international business, and lawmakers insist their evidence paints a troubling picture of “influence peddling” in the family’s business dealings, particularly with clients overseas.

Have they, though? The people angriest about this had 0 problem with with former presidents lying about building hotels in Moscow. They had 0 problem with the family of former presidents getting billions in investment money from Gulf states after that administration sold them weapons.

The criticism has prompted Republicans to plan a vote next week to formally authorize their impeachment inquiry in an effort to strengthen their legal standing if the subpoena battle drags into court.

In other words, they want to schedule an investigation without a shred of wrongdoing.

The House has no choice if it’s going to follow its constitutional responsibility to formally adopt an impeachment inquiry on the floor so that when the subpoenas are challenged in court, we will be at the apex of our constitutional authority,” House Speaker Mike Johnson told reporters.

Is this the same Mike Johnson who just yesterday was saying they were blurring faces of insurrectionists so the DOJ couldn't charge them? I'm sure he's very concerned about the constituion, and "law and order."

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House Republicans know they've got nothing and that the investigation will go nowhere. But they also believe making a stink will hurt Biden politically. Which is true. Doesn't make it right, though.

I thought Mike Johnson was a Christian. Isn't lying a sin?

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Deflecting yet again.

Private deposition before a public hearing like everyone else.

Certain quarters used contempt of congress charges go after people recently; they don't seem to like it when the boot is on the other foot.

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Certain quarters used contempt of congress charges go after people recently; they don't seem to like it when the boot is on the other foot.

Or look at it the other way around: rightists in the house think they don't have to comply with a subpoena, but think Democrats do.

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"Republicans have so far failed to uncover evidence directly implicating the president in any wrongdoing."

So they have no evidence.

"lawmakers insist their evidence paints a troubling picture"

What evidence are we talking about here? The article just said they have none.

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House Republicans know they've got nothing

As the Dems with Trump.

and that the investigation will go nowhere.

As with Trump.

But they also believe making a stink will hurt Biden politically. Which is true. Doesn't make it right, though.

Now the left care about ethics and morality?? LOL

I thought Mike Johnson was a Christian. Isn't lying a sin?

Lying? Hardly, the left have zero credibility to quote anyone when it comes to religion, just leave that one, the left will only lose on that debate.

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As the Dems with Trump.

Trump's been indicted in multiple states, and faces dozens of years. Furthermore, his codefendants have plead guilty. Not the same.:)

Lying? Hardly, the left have zero credibility to quote anyone when it comes to religion, just leave that one, the left will only lose on that debate

Amen brother. As a lifelong christian, I was always taught not to help the poor. That's what the good book says. Who cares about single mothers, families in poverty, the homeless, or infirm? Jesus didn't care about them should I.

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JJE

Deflecting yet again.

Private deposition before a public hearing like everyone else.

You know full well that there won't be a public hearing when their fishing expedition fails.

Certain quarters used contempt of congress charges go after people recently; they don't seem to like it when the boot is on the other foot.

Hunter has no problem testifying, so the boot isn't on the other foot.

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Hunter Biden has insisted that he will only testify to the House if it's in public. But in a letter sent to his attorney Wednesday, top Republicans told him that their subpoena for a closed-door deposition on Dec. 13 is non-negotiable.

Free speech!

Televise it!

Sunlight is the enemy of the deep state swamp!

Expose the two-tier justice system!

Hunter Biden has told Republicans he will not testify behind closed doors because information from those interviews can be selectively leaked and used to “manipulate, even distort, the facts and misinform the American public.”

Oh, I guess that is only for those other court cases, the ones with smaller stakes, like overturning elections and insurrection.

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his codefendants have plead guilty. Not the same.:)

I disagree

Amen brother.

I’m not your brother.

As a lifelong christian, I was always taught not to help the poor. That's what the good book says. Who cares about single mothers, families in poverty, the homeless, or infirm? Jesus didn't care about them should I.

You do you, not sure what that has to do with robbing Paul to give to Peter.

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--House Republicans know they've got nothing 

As the Dems with Trump.

--and that the investigation will go nowhere. 

As with Trump.

--But they also believe making a stink will hurt Biden politically. Which is true. Doesn't make it right, though.

Now the left care about ethics and morality?? LOL

Pathetic.

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If he has nothing to hide, then why not do the private deposition? Seems evasive.

It will be done precisely as any normal legal deposition - videotaped and transcribed.

And he has no choice. Contempt of Congress means jail time.

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Pathetic

Ditto

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You do you, not sure what that has to do with robbing Paul to give to Peter.

Yeah but republicans.

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I disagree

I know, but that doesn't make the comparison between a former president who has been indicted in multiple states to a president who they have yet to find any credible proof of wrong a silly comparison. :)

not sure what that has to do with robbing Paul to give to Peter.

Lol I'm not sure what that has to do with Republicans repeatedly trying to gut the safety nets designed to help the poor. The bible is very clear on how the poor should be treated, and the GOP repeatedly ignores it. So spare me the "the left" uno reverse card.

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If he has nothing to hide, then why not do the private deposition? Seems evasive.

Yes. Wanting to testify in public is "evasive." What a clever reimagination of the word "evasive."

Anyone else remember when the rightists were demanding Trump's trial be televised? Why's this different?

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The Republican Party, from Reagan trickle down, to Bush bailouts to Trump tax cuts and corporate welfare are the masters of robbing Peter(the American worker) to pay Paul(the corporate masters/major donors of the GOP).

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/oct/09/trump-tax-cuts-helped-billionaires-pay-less

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bass4funk

House Republicans know they've got nothing

As the Dems with Trump.

The Dems aren't investigating Trump. Trump has been indicted by the courts.

and that the investigation will go nowhere.

As with Trump.

Nope. Trump has been indicted. Many times. It went somewhere.

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because information from those interviews can be selectively leaked and used to “manipulate, even distort, the facts and misinform the American public.”

yeah, exactly what Democrats do every single time, that’s why he knows about it.

republicans said they can release a transcript and/or video. Enjoy your deposition, Daddy’s boy. Joe lawyers can’t save you from the truth.

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I know, but that doesn't make the comparison between a former president who has been indicted in multiple states to a president who they have yet to find any credible proof of wrong a silly comparison. :)

I disagree

Lol I'm not sure what that has to do with Republicans repeatedly trying to gut the safety nets designed to help the poor.

Help the poor??? Name me one prosperous black community under the Dems that is prosperous, great schools and low crime, low homicide rates and low HS dropout rates.

The bible is very clear on how the poor should be treated, and the GOP repeatedly ignores it. So spare me the "the left" uno reverse card.

Yeah, I’m not even going to listen to libs trying to quote scriptures of the Bible to me. Hilarious!

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The Dems aren't investigating Trump.

I disagree

and that the investigation will go nowhere.

When did you become a member of congress?

As with Trump.

Nope.

Yes

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Hunter has no problem testifying

The entire article is Hunters problems with testifying. If he didn’t have problems with it, he would just show up as scheduled.

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Yeah, I’m not even going to listen to libs trying to quote scriptures of the Bible to me. Hilarious!

Yeah, I'm not going to listen to rightists pretend to know about the bible. Reverse uno.

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Anyone else remember when the rightists were demanding Trump's trial be televised? Why's this different?

because Trump also doesn’t get to decide by himself if it is or isn’t televised.

So under what special privilege would Hunter and his lawyers get to decide?

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Yeah, I'm not going to listen to rightists pretend to know about the bible. Reverse uno.

Then don’t. Doubt Johnson will lose any sleep over it. Anyway, the left will just have to take it.

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because Trump also doesn’t get to decide by himself if it is or isn’t televised.

That's not what I claimed. If you were all for Trump's trial televised, how can one be against Hunter Biden's testimony being in public? I suspect it's because they know they've got nothing and they know it.

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Wait, isn't this the transparency that everyone (on both sides of the aisle) raise a stink about? Regardless of what happened with Trump, isn't the transparency of a public hearing a good thing? If anything, I'd expect Republicans (this time) to raise a stink if these hearings were NOT public. The accusations of collusion and censoring to the benefit of Biden would be endless, so why not agree to a public hearing?

Ah yes. This is, at it's most rudimentary level, team sports.

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Blacklabel

Hunter has no problem testifying

The entire article is Hunters problems with testifying.

No it isn't.

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bass4funk

The Dems aren't investigating Trump.

I disagree

Really? What House Oversight Committee is that...?

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how can one be against Hunter Biden's testimony being in public? 

it can be. After he does a private transcribed deposition. Just like everyone else and just like the people in charge of the investigation have decided. Or is he special?

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No it isn't.

what’s this article about then? Why does it exist?

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Really? What House Oversight Committee is that...?

Rhetorical question?

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it can be. After he does a private transcribed deposition.

Why so rightwing crooks can lie and make things up?

Or is he special?

Apparently you think so. Apparently you think only Biden shouldn't be allowed to testify publicly :)

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bass4funk

Really? What House Oversight Committee is that...?

Rhetorical question?

No. I just want the name of the House Oversight Committee that the Dems are using to investigate Trump.

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Blacklabel

No it isn't.

what’s this article about then? Why does it exist?

It's about the House Republicans not wanting Hunter to testify in public. They are scared s***less that he will expose their lack of evidence. So they want to compel him, through legal means, to testify in private.

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While it will be abortion that smites the Repubs next year, this utter clown show of pure MAGA fiction regarding Hunter will also help bring the Blue Tsunami...

its almost unbelievable in its ridiculousness - first they get duped by a Chinese agent, then their bombshell witness testifies he saw no corruption. Now they are imagining car payments are foreign payoffs...

If there was any question if the Repubs would use the power of Big Government to corruptly persecute their political opponents, then this seals it. They are the party of deceit, duplicitousness, and deception...

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Apparently you think only Biden shouldn't be allowed to testify publicly :)

Yeah cause we saw so much public testimony, right?

of the 100s of depositions who testified publicly first? refresh my memory with some names.

Then I can share with you all the leaked depositions where the person was never allowed public testimony.

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Lol. ROFL.

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“Contrary to the assertions in your letter, there is no ‘choice’ for Mr. Biden to make,” wrote Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Can this Repub clown show get any more ridiculous?

Jim Jordan threatening to hold Hunter in contempt for not showing up for a Congressional subpoena...when he did EXACTLY THAT?

https://www.newsweek.com/jim-jordan-shows-flaming-hypocrisy-subpoena-battle-legal-experts-1778993

Shameless hucksters...

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Blacklabel

Apparently you think only Biden shouldn't be allowed to testify publicly :)

Yeah cause we saw so much public testimony, right?

of the 100s of depositions who testified publicly first? refresh my memory with some names.

A vast majority of congressional hearings are public. The fact that Comer prefers to hold his hearing in private is suspicious.

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Yeah cause we saw so much public testimony, right?

Again, you refuse to answer the question:

If you were all for Trump's trial televised, how can one be against Hunter Biden's testimony being in public?

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No. I just want the name of the House Oversight Committee that the Dems are using to investigate Trump.

DOJ, Biden administration…

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Why so rightwing crooks can lie and make things up? 

The Dems should know a thing or two about that, they have a 70 year head start.

Apparently you think so. Apparently you think only Biden shouldn't be allowed to testify publicly :)

No, I never said that, relax, I think he should testify get all his statements on record so he can’t refute anything, and then let him testify in public, and hold his feet to the fire

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If you were all for Trump's trial televised, how can one be against Hunter Biden's testimony being in public?

it can be, if decided by the people in charge. Just like if Trump trial is televised or not.

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You do know a TRIAL and testimony are ummm…different?

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Like one has a judge and usually a jury and a court room and lawyers and charges and…

the other one is just a person under investigation answering questions under oath to Congress in a room, not a judge or a jury or with lawyers speaking,

if Hunter wants to answer questions in public and have Goldman waste time and put on a circus for him, go ahead. After he answers questions in a private, deposition.

Deposition that is transcribed and videoed to prevent any nonsense. That can be used to identify any lies later in public testimony.

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