Comer Alleges Indictment of Hunter Biden: House Oversight Chair James Comer expressed his concern that the indictment of Hunter Biden by special counsel David Weiss was aimed at shielding him from a scheduled deposition before Comer’s committee. Comer accused Weiss of orchestrating a cover-up through the criminal investigation, emphasizing the severity of the charges against Biden. He insisted that Biden’s actions, including a 2018 gun purchase and alleged tax evasion, should have already landed anyone else in prison.
During an interview with Jake Tapper, Comer asserted that Hunter Biden engaged in illegal foreign lobbying and influence-peddling involving his father, though no charges related to lobbying have been filed. Comer demanded Biden’s closed-door deposition on December 13, with the threat of holding him in contempt if he refuses.
Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, conveyed uncertainty about his client’s appearance for the deposition. Lowell dismissed Comer’s suggestion that the charges were meant to protect Biden and criticized the special counsel for succumbing to political pressure in June, leading to the breakdown of a previously planned plea deal.
The ongoing criminal case, involving tax charges, originates from Hunter Biden’s lucrative overseas business dealings, notably with Ukrainian energy company Burisma and a Chinese private equity fund. These dealings are central to House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden. The situation remains tense as Biden’s potential deposition looms, adding another layer of complexity to the legal and political landscape.