Updated Feb 28, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Hunter Biden skewers "baseless" GOP impeachment inquiry ahead of testimony

Hunter Biden is surrounded by microphones and recorders in Congressional halls

Hunter Biden departs a House Oversight Committee meeting at Capitol Hill in January 2024. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

Hunter Biden began testifying behind closed doors Wednesday before the House GOP committees pursuing an impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

Why it matters: After refusing to testify in private for months, the president's son's deposition comes as the prospect of an impeachment vote slipping out of reach for House Republicans.

  • "I did not involve my father in my business," Hunter Biden wrote in a statement on Wednesday. "Not while I was a practicing lawyer, not in my investments or transactions domestic or international, not as a board member, and not as an artist. Never."
  • Hunter blasted the inquiry led by the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees as politically partisan in remarks and during testimony, NBC News reported.
  • Republicans' impeachment inquiry took a major hit this month after the indictment of Alexander Smirnov, an ex-FBI informant whose explosive allegations about Biden and his son Hunter played a prominent role in the probe.

Catch up quick: House Republicans halted an effort in January to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for refusing to sit through a closed-door deposition. He appeared at the Capitol in December, condemning the GOP inquiry on camera.

  • His foreign business dealings and struggles with addiction from 2013 to 2018 will be part of the focus of the Wednesday testimony with the committees.
  • Republicans have failed to find evidence that President Biden benefited from his son's international business dealings.

James Biden, the president's brother, testified privately on Feb. 21.

  • He denied that the president "ever had any involvement or any direct or indirect financial interest" in his businesses.

Between the lines: "You have trafficked in innuendo, distortion, and sensationalism — all the while ignoring the clear and convincing evidence staring you in the face," his prepared remarks read.

  • He called out Republicans' lack of evidence and said his testimony should put an end to the "baseless and destructive" political charade.

Zoom out: The president's son said his sobriety is critical to ensuring that former President Trump isn't re-elected to the White House this year.

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