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Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, stunned members of the Home Oversight Committee on Wednesday when he made an unannounced look at a listening to on the decision to carry him in contempt of Congress for refusing to seem earlier than the identical committee.
Sitting within the viewers, and never showing at a non-public briefing, prompted Home Republicans reminiscent of Congresswoman Nancy Mace of South Carolina to name his look a “PR stunt.”
Final month, Hunter Biden refused to testify in closed session, regardless of a subpoena for him to seem in courtroom. The youthful Biden and his legal professionals cited considerations that Republicans would distort his feedback and as an alternative provided to seem at a public listening to.
Consultant Mays puzzled why the eldest son of the primary household was current. “My first query is, who bribed Hunter Biden to be right here at this time? That is my first query.”
Consultant Mace mentioned the president’s son has no immunity or privilege from testifying in personal, saying he’s “the epitome of white privilege coming to the Oversight Committee, spitting in our faces, ignoring a congressional subpoena to oust him.”
“What are you afraid of?” Mace added.
Hunter Biden sat along with his legal professional to observe the listening to and disrupted the legislative course of not by talking to the committee however by strolling out of the listening to room simply as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was given time to talk. Inexperienced beforehand confirmed nude images of the president’s son at a listening to and responded to his departure, calling him a “coward.”
Biden’s lawyer, Abe Lowell, spoke to reporters within the halls of the Home Workplace Constructing, saying that Biden shouldn’t be evading Congress, however that “Hunter has chosen a listening to through which Republicans can not distort, manipulate or abuse that testimony.”
In a separate assertion, Lowell accused Republicans of concentrating on his shopper as an alternative choice to attacking the president.
The committee continued with out the unscheduled star witness in a listening to that devolved into protracted disagreements amongst members over every part from bylaws to non-public bickering.
The committee didn’t vote to carry the youthful Biden in contempt of Congress, delaying the vote till later.