Washington, Jan 18 (EFE) – Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, has agreed with House Republicans to sit for a closed-door testimony on Feb. 28 as part of the impeachment investigation against his father, the House Oversight Committee said on Thursday.
The president’s son made the decision after proceedings were initiated last week to hold him in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with an earlier subpoena.
On Thursday, the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, Jim Jordan and James Comer, said in a statement that Hunter Biden would testify after other members of the Biden family and associates.
Another subpoenaed witness is James Biden, the president’s brother, with whom they are still working to set a date.
Biden’s son was subpoenaed to testify behind closed doors on Dec. 13, but instead of appearing before the committee he gave a statement to journalists at the foot of the Capitol, claiming that he would not participate in an “illegitimate” investigation.
For weeks, he had refused to testify behind closed doors so that Republicans could not “distort, manipulate and misuse his testimony,” as his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, reiterated last week.
In response, Republicans in the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees passed a contempt of Congress resolution, beginning the process of criminally charging Hunter Biden.
Republicans had intended to bring the contempt resolution to the full House this week, but when lawyers for the president’s son announced their willingness to testify, the measure was put on hold.
Hunter Biden is being investigated by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives as part of the impeachment investigation launched against his father for alleged influence peddling to benefit family members in foreign businesses.
Republicans allege that the Biden family – particularly Hunter – received more than $15 million from foreign companies and governments in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania and China between 2014 and 2019. His associates reportedly received an additional $9 million.
In parallel to the congressional investigation, Biden’s controversial son has two open criminal cases, one for tax fraud in California and another for illegal arms purchases in Delaware. EFE