On Wednesday, Hunter Biden defied a congressional subpoena, opening himself up to additional criminal prosecution. When asked about the first son’s decision, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that President Biden “was certainly familiar with what his son was going to say.” The comment suggests that Biden knew his son would defy Congress because they had discussed it beforehand.
Biden’s Press Secretary confessed that Biden knew his son was going to obstruct justice and engage in a criminal act of contempt to keep from giving testimony focused on his father’s influence peddling. Have to imagine the House is super interested in that. Hunter was under a subpoena from the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability to appear for testimony.
Hunter could appear and either testify or invoke his right to remain silent. The only thing that he could not do was refuse to go into the hearing room. With counsel Abbe Lowell, he held a public press conference while refusing to appear in the closed-door deposition.
Note: The subpoena was issued not only by the Oversight Committee but by the Judiciary Committee. It was issued under three different authorities, including Rule 12(g) of the Oversight Committee which allows for subpoenas “in the conduct of any investigation or activity or series of investigations or activities within the jurisdiction of the Committee.”
The legal treatment of Hunter is already dubious: alleged felonies being allowed to expire, warnings about planned federal raids, and sweetheart deals. President Biden has enlisted White House staff to actively push challenged accounts of his conduct and attack the House Republicans’ investigative process.
If the president was speaking with his son about committing a potentially criminal act of contempt, the House can pursue evidence on that conversation and how the president may have supported his son’s effort.