Hunter Biden willing to testify publicly before House committee, lawyer says
Hunter Biden's lawyer said in a letter Tuesday that the president's son is open to testifying publicly in December before the House Oversight Committee.
- House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) signaled Tuesday that Hunter Biden is still expected to sit for a deposition on Dec. 13, with the possibility of testifying publicly at a later date.
Driving the news: "We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public," Hunter Biden's lawyer Abbe Lowell wrote in the letter.
- "We therefore propose opening the door. If, as you claim, your efforts are important and involve issues that Americans should know about, then let the light shine on these proceedings."
- "Mr. Biden will appear at such a public hearing on the date you noticed, December 13, or any date in December that we can arrange," Lowell wrote in the letter.
The big picture: Comer said earlier this month that Hunter Biden and James Biden's testimonies were necessary to determine how much the president "was involved, and benefited from his family's influence peddling schemes."
- "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," Comer said in a statement on Tuesday.
- "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 opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date," Comer said.
Between the lines: The inquiry has not provided any direct evidence that the president committed any wrongdoing.
Editor's note: This story was updated with additional details and a statement from Comer.