Hunter Biden, the first son of the vice president, missed a deadline on Wednesday at midnight to give the House Oversight Committee data concerning his international business activities, opening the door to a subpoena and potential legal dispute.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the panel’s chairman, has asked for certain papers, but Hunter attorney Abbe Lowell has continued to withhold them, a committee spokeswoman said.
James Biden, the first brother of Hunter Biden, and Eric Schwerin, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, also received similar inquiries from Comer.
The spokesperson stated, “We have received correspondence from the attorneys representing Hunter Biden and James Biden. We are also in contact with Eric Schwerin’s attorney and expect him to start producing documents to the Oversight Committee soon.”
Comer asserted on February 8 that records from the three would reveal light on the first family’s influence-peddling, asserting that the economic model of the Biden family is based on Joe Biden’s political career and contacts.
“Biden family members attempted to sell access around the world, including individuals who were connected to the Chinese Communist Party, to enrich themselves to the detriment of American interests. If President Biden is compromised by deals with foreign adversaries and they are impacting his decision making, this is a threat to national security.”
The vice president of oversight sought all pertinent documents going back to Joe Biden’s swearing-in as vice president in January 2009. Comer also ordered Schwerin to provide schedules, contact lists, and financial records from the same time period, along with any and all secret government documents, including intelligence files.
The next day, Lowell rejected Comer’s request in a letter, citing a Supreme Court decision from 2020 that held that House Democrats were not permitted to obtain the financial documents and tax returns of former President Donald Trump and his family. Lowell also referred to the House Oversight investigation as “baseless.”