Hunter Biden made a surprise visit to Capitol Hill for a House hearing Wednesday as Republicans were taking the first step toward holding the president’s son in contempt of Congress for defying a congressional subpoena in a bitterly contested standoff involving a member of President Joe Biden’s family.
The House Oversight and Judiciary committees will each vote on contempt resolutions against Hunter Biden that seem likely to result in the U.S. House recommending criminal charges as Republicans move into the final stages of their impeachment inquiry into the president.
The president’s son showed up for the Oversight Committee hearing, sitting in the audience with his legal team, including attorney Abbe Lowell.
It’s the latest step for the inquiry, which began in September. It has so far failed to uncover evidence directly implicating the president in wrongdoing.
If the committees approve the contempt resolutions as expected, they would go to the full House for consideration. And if the House votes to hold Hunter Biden in contempt, it will be up to the Department of Justice to decide whether to prosecute.