Headline RoundupNovember 29th, 2023

Will Hunter Biden Testify Publicly in Federal Probe?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Hunter Biden has offered to testify before Congress as long as the hearing is held in public. Will that happen?

Key Details: House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has rejected the idea, which was proposed in a letter from Biden's attorney, Abbe Lowell, to replace Biden's scheduled private deposition on Dec. 13. Comer has stated that, like any other congressional investigation, there would be a deposition behind closed doors first and then a hearing where Hunter Biden could testify in public. 

Key Quote: “Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else,” Comer wrote in a statement. “That won’t stand with House Republicans.” Lowell's letter said that Comer's "empty investigation has gone on too long wasting too many better-used resources. It should come to an end."

For Context: Three congressional committees are investigating Biden, who was charged in September with three counts related to firearm possession while actively using drugs. After the indictment, a plea deal collapsed, and Hunter is pleading not guilty to the charges.

How the Media Covered it: Some left-rated sources highlighted a statement from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the committee's ranking Democrat, saying that Republicans' rejection of Biden's offer means they are "not interested in the facts." Some right-rated outlets highlighted how Biden will, for the first time, have to answer questions about money transfers from foreign sources that found their way to other Biden family members.

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