Updated Mar 1, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Key takeaways from transcript of Hunter Biden's testimony

Hunter Biden, son of President Biden (center), arrives for a closed-door deposition before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and the House Judiciary Committee in the O'Neill House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A transcript of Hunter Biden's closed-door deposition before two Republican-led committees was publicly released on Thursday.

The big picture: He struck a defiant tone as he appeared before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees as part of their impeachment inquiry into his father, President Biden.

  • Hunter Biden maintained throughout his testimony that lasted over six hours that his father was never involved in his business dealings.
  • Following Hunter Biden's deposition, House Republicans have still yet to produce clear evidence backing GOP allegations that the president benefited from his family's foreign business dealings.

Zoom in: Asked about whether a 2017 email from an associate that said "10 held by H for the big guy?" was in reference to his father, who was then a private citizen, Hunter Biden said such a notion was "pie in the sky" and that the agreement "didn't have anything to do with my father."

  • He cited Biden family tragedies while defending putting his father on speaker phone while with business partners, which he said was "nothing nefarious" and that he'd always answer when he called.
  • "I'm surprised my dad hasn't called me right now, and if he did, I would put him on speakerphone to say hi," Hunter Biden said.
  • He also had some testy exchanges with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on his drug and alcohol addiction.

Read the 229-page transcript in full, via DocumentCloud:

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