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Jordan maintains contempt threat against Hunter Biden

"These two committees are going to hold firm," Comer said.

Published: December 13, 2023 11:58am

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, maintained his threat of holding Hunter Biden in contempt after the first son appeared Wednesday on Capitol Hill demanding a public hearing rather than a closed-door deposition as required under a subpoena. 

Jordan said that if Hunter Biden does not appear, "we're going to move forward with contempt proceedings."

"The president's son does not get to set the rules," House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., said alongside Jordan at a press conference on Capitol Hill after Hunter Biden refused to appear for a closed-door meeting.

"These two committees are going to hold firm," Comer said, referring to the House Judiciary Committee, which is also investigating the first son. "We have taken steps to go by the book in this investigation. Now we're in the phase where we do the depositions and you know what he did today is unacceptable."

Jordan also highlighted Hunter Biden's comment earlier on Wednesday when he said: "My father was not financially involved in my business, not as a practicing lawyer, not as a board member of Burisma."

"I think the biggest takeaway was the statement from Mr. Biden where he said, 'My father was not financially involved in the business," Jordan said. "That is a huge change which means, sort of means, he's involved. I think that's how anyone with common sense would read it: He's been involved, just not financially."

House Republicans still plan on holding a vote Wednesday into whether an impeachment inquiry should be opened against President Biden.

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