Updated Nov 28, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Hunter Biden willing to testify publicly before House committee, lawyer says

unter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, departs the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building and United States Courthouse on July 26, 2023 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Hunter Biden departs the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building and United States Courthouse on July 26 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

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.

Why it matters: House Republicans subpoenaed Hunter Biden and James Biden, the president's brother, earlier this month as part of their impeachment inquiry into the president.

  • 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.

What to watch: House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said earlier this month that the GOP will "very soon" decide whether to impeach Biden.

Go deeper: Hunter Biden lawyers seek to subpoena Trump, alleging bias in his criminal case

Editor's note: This story was updated with additional details and a statement from Comer.

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