Hunter Biden rejects House Republicans' request to testify publicly

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Hunter Biden on Wednesday rejected a petition from House Republicans to attest publically astatine a proceeding adjacent week, pinch his lawyer blasting nan planned sheet arsenic a "circus act."

"Mr. Biden declines your invitation to this carnival broadside show," Abbe Lowell, an lawyer for nan president's son, said successful a missive to House Oversight Committee chair Rep. James Comer, R-Ky.

Comer invited Biden to attest arsenic portion of his impeachment enquiry into President Joe Biden connected March 20. Also requested to attest astatine nan proceeding are 2 erstwhile Hunter Biden business associates who've been convicted of fraud, and a 3rd whom nan younger Biden has called an "incompetent" and an "idiot."

In his letter, Lowell said his customer could not be because he's owed in tribunal successful California nan adjacent day, but "the scheduling conflict is nan slightest of nan issues." He said nan proceeding is not "a due proceeding but an evident effort to propulsion a Hail Mary walk aft nan crippled has ended."

Lowell noted that nan Republican impeachment enquiry deed a roadblock erstwhile an FBI informant central to their probe was charged pinch lying to nan bureau astir nan Bidens.

In a statement, Comer mocked Biden's consequence and said he still expected him to appear.

"Hunter Biden for months stated he wanted a nationalist hearing, but now that 1 has been offered alongside his business associates that he worked pinch for years, he is refusing to come," Comer said, adding nan proceeding is moving forward.

Hunter Biden has not been subpoenaed to look astatine nan hearing, which Comer announced past week. The oversight chair said nan proceeding is titled “Influence Peddling: Examining Joe Biden’s Abuse of Public Office” and that he's invited erstwhile Hunter Biden business associates Jason Galanis, Devon Archer and Tony Bobulinski.

It's unclear which of nan witnesses will really appear. A spokesperson for nan committee did not instantly respond to an inquiry.

Galanis is serving a 14-year situation condemnation for 2 multimillion-dollar fraud schemes. Archer was convicted successful relationship pinch 1 of those schemes and has been sentenced to conscionable complete a twelvemonth successful prison, but has not yet begun serving his time.

Bobulinski and Hunter Biden, meanwhile, person repeatedly trashed each different publicly. Bobulinski told nan committee astatine a deposition past period that nan only logic Biden was capable to make millions from a assortment of overseas sources was because his begetter was vice president astatine nan time.

Hunter Biden testified earlier nan committee down closed doors past month, telling nan sheet that Bobulinski was a "bitter, bitter man" who has an axe to grind because he backed retired of doing a business woody pinch him.

Hunter Biden, 54, besides testified that nan ground of nan impeachment enquiry — that his begetter was progressive pinch and profited from his business dealings — was wrong. “My begetter has ne'er been progressive successful my business. I person ne'er asked my begetter to beryllium progressive successful my business. My begetter has ne'er benefited from my business, and I person ne'er asked anyone — aliases my begetter — to do thing for nan use of anyone I’ve ever done business for,” he said, according to a transcript.

Lowell's missive said his customer would see testifying publically earlier nan committee if nan sheet besides included "relatives of erstwhile President Trump."

“If they schedule a morganatic proceeding that includes Jared Kushner, Hunter will beryllium there,” a root acquainted pinch Hunter Biden's ineligible strategy told NBC News.

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