House Republicans invite Hunter Biden to impeachment hearing to clear up ‘inconsistencies’

House Republicans announced Wednesday they will hold a public impeachment inquiry hearing in two weeks and that they invited Hunter Biden and three of his former business associates to appear as witnesses.

The hearing, called “Influence Peddling: Examining Joe Biden’s Abuse of Public Office,” is scheduled for March 20 before the House Oversight Committee. It is unclear if the president’s son will agree to attend.

“Given the President son’s repeated calls for a public hearing, I fully expect Hunter Biden to appear for a scheduled Oversight Committee hearing on March 20, alongside Biden family business associates,” Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) said in a statement.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to Hunter Biden’s attorney for comment.

Hunter Biden appeared last week for a long-awaited closed-door deposition with the committee, during which he adamantly denied his father had any involvement in his overseas business ventures, according to the interview transcript.

The deposition came after Republicans subpoenaed Hunter Biden in November and then engaged in weeks of back-and-forth with him as the first son insisted he would only be willing to appear in a public hearing because, he said, Republicans would publicly mischaracterize his closed-door testimony. Democratic and Republican lawmakers both ended up giving their own, differing takeaways from the deposition prior to the release of the transcript.

The Oversight Committee also invited Devon Archer, Tony Bobulinski, and Jason Galanis, who all worked at various times with the first son on his business ventures, to testify publicly. All three, like Hunter Biden, previously appeared before the committee to give closed-door testimony.

Comer had said after Hunter Biden’s deposition last week that a forthcoming public hearing would mark the “next phase” of the inquiry. As the first son left his deposition, he did not take questions on whether he would be willing to appear publicly after having reached an agreement to appear behind closed doors.

In his statement Wednesday, Comer said the public hearing would, in part, “examine inconsistencies” among the associates’ testimonies.

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“During our deposition and interview phase of the investigation, Hunter Biden confirmed evidence about Joe Biden’s involvement, yet his testimony conflicts with other witnesses’ testimonies,” Comer said.

There is little indication at this stage that the inquiry will lead to a vote to impeach Joe Biden, as Republicans have turned up scant evidence that the president profited from the business pursuits of his son and his brother, James Biden.

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Comer noted, however, that the impeachment inquiry could also lead to legislative reforms, rather than an impeachment vote.

“The American people deserve the facts about the Biden family’s corrupt influence peddling and Oversight Republicans will work to ensure accountability and press for answers to inform legislative solutions to prevent this abuse of power,” he said.

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