The brother of President James Biden did not appear before House investigators Wednesday as part of the investigation into his family’s business dealings. The news comes as the House is reportedly drawing closer to a vote on a formal impeachment inquiry.
James Biden’s legal team wrote that their client would not follow a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee, arguing that there was “no justification” for the testimony. James Biden’s attorney Paul Fishman wrote that his legal team had been in “contact” with the lawmarkers “about their requests.”
“Jim Biden has never involved his brother in his business dealings,” wrote Fishman.
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The letter from James Biden’s legal team also followed correspondence from White House counsel Richard Sauber, who wrote last month that House Republicans should “reconsider” their current tactics, calling their requests for interviews “irresponsible.”
The news came as Hunter Biden’s attorney informed House Republicans that he would only testify if the session was public. The House Oversight Committee requested that the president’s son testify on Dec. 13.
Both the president’s son and brother were involved in a number of foreign business dealings, including with China. According to information released by the House Oversight Committee, money appeared in bank accounts tied to the Biden family after Hunter Biden referenced his father in a text message to a Chinese businessman.
Furthermore, House investigators have revealed several payments from James Biden to the president labeled ‘loan repayment.’
Overall, the Biden family received millions of dollars from foreign sources, including from China, Russia, Romania, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Both Hunter and James Biden often collaborated on different business ventures, which are now under the microscope of Republicans in Congress.
House Republicans accused Hunter and James Biden of using Joe Biden’s position as vice president in negotiating business deals. During Joe Biden’s first tenure in the White House, Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, drawing a $1 million annual salary despite not having experience in the field.
Joe Biden later played a role in the dismissal of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma.