Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Calling Their Bluff

I’m not as deep in the weeds on the Hunter Biden investigation as some bloggers and news reporters are because I basically don’t care about what the son of the president does in his private life unless it results in corrupting the president himself.  The Republicans on the Hill, however, are all over it; an odd contrast to their indifference to the doings of the Trump kids, but be that as it may, the Biden investigation seems to be flailing through no fault of anyone else but themselves.  They keep hoping for some intransigence on the part of the accused, and he keeps defying them by agreeing to go along with it as if he has nothing to hide.

Hunter Biden is open to testifying publicly before the Republican-led House Oversight Committee on Dec. 13, his lawyer said in a letter sent to the panel Tuesday.

House Republicans subpoenaed the president’s son early this month and summoned him to appear for a closed-door transcribed interview as part of an escalation of Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into the president.

“We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public. We therefore propose opening the door,” his lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a letter Tuesday to Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky.

Comer pushed back at Lowell’s letter in a statement Tuesday morning on X: “Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. That won’t stand with House Republicans.”

“Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13,” he said. “We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have [an] opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”

Well, that just won’t do because testifying in public will just ruin all the plans for going on Fox and saying he’s refusing to cooperate so there must be something he’s hiding.

Jamie Raskin called their bluff with a tinge of sarcasm on the side.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the ranking member of the Oversight Committee, issued a scathing statement in response, saying Comer’s statement shows that “what the Republicans fear most is sunlight and truth.”

“Let me get this straight. After wailing and moaning for ten months about Hunter Biden and alluding to some vast unproven family conspiracy, after sending Hunter Biden a subpoena to appear and testify, Chairman Comer and the Oversight Republicans now reject his offer to appear before the full Committee and the eyes of the world and to answer any questions that they pose?” Raskin said.

Mr. Biden, your cooperation is ruining this scandal.