Headline RoundupNovember 8th, 2023

Oversight Committee Subpoenas Hunter and James Biden in Impeachment Probe

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee issued three subpoenas Wednesday, demanding testimony from President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, brother, James Biden, and business associate, Rob Walker.

For Context: The Oversight Committee, led by Rep. James Comer (R-KY), is currently conducting an impeachment probe into the Biden family, searching for evidence of what Comer believes to be a series of “influence peddling schemes.”

Key Quotes: Comer stated that the committee has “followed the money and built a record of evidence revealing how Joe Biden knew, was involved, and benefited from his family’s influence peddling schemes. Now, the House Oversight Committee is going to bring in members of the Biden family and their associates to question them on this record of evidence.” The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) quoted White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stating that the committee “has turned up zero evidence of wrongdoing by the president because there is none,” accusing Republicans of conducting a “baseless smear campaign against the president and his family instead of being focused on the American people's needs.”

How the Media Covered It: The New York Times (Lean Left bias) stated that the subpoenas were issued “despite no evidence that the president had committed high crimes or misdemeanors” and quoted voices critical of the previous claims made by the committee. Fox News (Right bias) detailed the previous claims made by the committee but did not include any quotes disputing the claims.

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