Impeachment witness accuses Hunter Biden of perjury, alleges discrepancies in testimony

Tony Bobulinski, an ex-partner of Hunter Biden, delivered his combative opening statement shortly after the public hearing began Wednesday morning.
Tony Bobulinski, who claims to have been an associate of Hunter Biden, speaks to reporters at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22, 2020, ahead of the final presidential debate. - Bobulinski is US President Donald Trump's debate guest. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

In his opening statement before the House Oversight Committee's first public impeachment inquiry testimony, ex-Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski accused Hunter and James Biden of perjury, alleging contradictions in their testimony. 

"On Page 48 of his transcript, Hunter is asked, 'He's never interacted with any of your business associates. Is that correct?' The 'He's' is a reference to Joe Biden. Hunter responds, 'Yes'," Bobulinski said in his opening statement. 

"Hunter arranged the meeting between his father and me at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on May 2, 2017. The sole reason Hunter wanted me to meet his father was because I was the CEO of Sinohawk, the Bidens’ partnership with CEFC. I was a business associate. In his transcript, Hunter confirms that that meeting with Joe took place and incriminates his Uncle Jim for perjury by confirming it," he added, explaining the alleged contradictions. 

Bobulinski highlighted Hunter Biden's claim in testimony that he began to work for CEFC China Energy in the spring of 2017. Yet, evidence gathered by the impeachment inquiry indicates Hunter Biden's relationship with the company began much earlier, with the earliest contacts taking place in late 2015 while his father was still the vice president, Just the News previously reported. 

Bobulinski also accused presidential brother James Biden of lying to the committee. "Jim Biden also lied extensively throughout his transcribed interview before the Oversight Committee on February 21, and ironically, Hunter Biden – in his own testimony as outlined above – confirmed that Jim Biden perjured himself," Bobulinski claimed. 

Hunter Biden, in his transcribed interview with the committee, did confirm this meeting took place between Bobulinski and his father, directly contradicting James Biden's testimony that the meeting "absolutely" did not happen. 

Yet, Hunter Biden, who was invited to the public hearing, failed to show and therefore could not answer to these allegations. His lawyer cited both scheduling conflicts and concerns about the partisan nature of the inquiry as reasons for his absence. House Republican's left an empty chair at the center of the witness table to highlight the first son's decision to skip the hearing after he reversed course from demanding one

Bobulinski also directly confronted two Democratic members of the Oversight Committee, accusing them of lying in the media about the impeachment inquiry. "Representatives Dan Goldman and Jamie Raskin, both lawyers, and Mr. Goldman a former prosecutor with the Southern District of New York, will continue to lie today in this hearing and then go straight to the media to tell more lies," he said in his opening statement

The witness testified Joe Biden was involved in his family's business dealings, contrary to the president's public claims that he was not involved nor discussed business with any of his family members.