House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently emphasized the gravity of Hunter Biden’s situation regarding contempt of Congress proceedings, which could result in a year of jail time. This discussion came to light during Jordan’s appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo, focusing on the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, centered on corruption allegations.
Jordan outlined the procedural steps of the contempt process: “Once we get it [contempt of Congress] through our committee and the full House, which seems likely, it’s then up to the Justice Department. The attorney general’s decision to pursue charges is crucial here.” He highlighted the potential for a significant jail sentence for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena for a deposition.
The chairman added, “This is no small matter. We’re talking about a possible year in jail for ignoring a congressional deposition subpoena. It’s a serious situation.”
House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) also played a role in this development, announcing a meeting to discuss a resolution to find Hunter Biden in contempt of the U.S. Congress. Biden had previously missed a scheduled deposition and requested a public hearing to address what he termed ‘legitimate’ questions.
Contempt of Congress is a serious charge, carrying a sentence ranging from 30 days to a year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000, as per the Department of Justice. The leading Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), criticized this move, stating that it’s unprecedented to hold a private citizen in contempt who has agreed to testify publicly and under oath.
Jordan also referenced the Department of Justice’s actions against former Trump administration officials Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro for similar charges. While he didn’t speculate on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision regarding Biden, he expressed confidence in the support within the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees for the contempt resolution.
This situation places Hunter Biden in a precarious legal position, potentially facing severe consequences for his non-compliance with congressional demands. It also brings to the forefront the issue of equal application of the law, especially in light of previous prosecutions for contempt of Congress. The decisions made in this case will be closely watched, as they may set precedents for how congressional subpoenas are enforced in the future.