Republican lawmakers are raising the stakes for Hunter Biden as the House Judiciary Committee is set to take up a resolution on Wednesday to hold him in contempt of Congress if he continues to refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas. The son of President Joe Biden is facing potential jail time and a maximum fine of $100,000 if he is found guilty of contempt. House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” and said that Hunter Biden is facing “serious stuff” and could face up to a year in jail if he is prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Jordan went on to explain that if the committee passes the resolution and it is brought to the House floor, it will then be up to Attorney General Merrick Garland to decide whether to prosecute Hunter Biden. The House Oversight Committee, led by Republican James Comer (KY), has already scheduled a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the resolution. This comes after Hunter Biden skipped a scheduled deposition last month and instead held a press event calling for a public hearing to answer “legitimate” questions.
A charge of contempt of Congress carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, a maximum of one year behind bars, and a fine of up to $100,000, according to the Department of Justice. Jordan also noted that the Department of Justice has already prosecuted former Trump administration aides, Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro, for contempt for resisting subpoenas issued by the January 6 Committee. However, the decision to prosecute Hunter Biden will ultimately be up to Attorney General Garland.
“Well, if we pass it [contempt of Congress] out of the committee and then pass it through the full House, which I think we can do, then it goes to the Justice Department. That will be the attorney general’s decision whether he’s going to press charges,” Jordan said.
“But if he does, I mean, it could be up to a year of jail time for failing to come and comply with a deposition for subpoena, a subpoenaed deposition to be interviewed by Congress. So this is serious stuff,” the chairman continued.
Jordan says his team found it and they are ready to fight!https://t.co/ZvBqfvn2qg
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 9, 2024
Ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), has criticized the move, arguing that there is no precedent for holding a private citizen in contempt of Congress, especially one who has offered to testify in public and under oath. However, Jordan believes that there is enough support in the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees to pass the contempt resolution. He also believes that the resolution will quickly gain support on the House floor.
Jordan emphasized the seriousness of the situation, pointing out that this is not a partisan issue but a matter of holding individuals accountable for their actions and ensuring that Congress’s subpoenas are respected. He also drew comparisons between the treatment of Hunter Biden and former Trump aides, saying that Hunter Biden should not be given special treatment just because he is the son of the president. In Jordan’s opinion, if the Department of Justice does not prosecute Hunter Biden, it would be setting a dangerous precedent and showing favoritism towards the Bidens.
Sunday Morning Futures:
Rep. Jim Jordan (R, OH-4) tells Maria Bartiromo that Hunter Biden could face up a year in prison for contempt of Congress.
— Vince Manfeld (@AureliusStoic1) January 7, 2024
As the House Judiciary Committee prepares to consider the resolution and the potential consequences for Hunter Biden, it remains unclear how the situation will unfold. Will the Department of Justice proceed with prosecution if the resolution is passed by the House? Or will Hunter Biden continue to evade accountability, as he has done in the past? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: the House Republicans are not backing down, and Hunter Biden’s problems are far from over.