Hunter Biden, the president’s son, who is the subject of an investigation by House Republicans into his family and told Congress on February 2 that he is willing to testify — but He will only speak publicly to prevent Republicans from slanting or selectively leaking what he says.

In a letter to Congress Abbe Lowell, Mr. Biden’s lawyer, criticized the Republican inquiry as a “partisan crusade,” He has said he watched as Republican Representative James R. Comer from Kentucky and Chairman of The House Oversight Committee has used “closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public.”

Mr. Lowell suggested that Mr. Biden Appear at a Public Hearing on December 13, the date Republicans have set for his interview behind closed doors, “any date in December that we can arrange.”

“If, as you claim, your efforts are important and involve issues that Americans should know about, then let the light shine on these proceedings,” Mr. Lowell writes

Mr. Comer rejected the offer quickly, insisting on Mr. Biden First language to The oversight panel is behind closed doors but He said he would still be able to testify in public at a later date.

“Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else,” Mr. Comer said in A statement. “Our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on Dec. 13. We expect full cooperation with our subpoena for a deposition but also agree that Hunter Biden should have opportunity to testify in a public setting at a future date.”

Should Mr. Biden Speaking out in You can also find out more about the following: House He would be putting himself at risk, both criminally as well as politically, by taking oath. A federal criminal investigation is underway, led by a Special Counsel. He has been indicted for lying on a federal drug form that he completed. to purchase a handgun in 2018. He may provide testimony to Congress can be used against him.

Mr. Biden Has also engaged in activities — leveraging his father’s status for profit, accepting expensive gifts from overseas interests, failing to pay taxes on time, drug use and prostitution — that while already well documented could be politically damaging to The President of the United States, Biden’s re-election efforts if they become the focus of additional attention.

But those who are familiar with Hunter Biden’s strategy say his offer was designed to Limiting both of these risks is important. He could avoid the manipulation of his words through selective leaks that can occur from closed-door testimonies by testing publicly. By placing Mr. Comer in the public eye, he could avoid any manipulation of his words that might occur through selective leaks from closed-door testimony. in The position of refusing to give a public testimony is Mr. Biden’s team was able to Signal that he is feeling nothing to hide.

What will happen next is unclear. but The dispute between Mr. Biden The committee.

House Republicans have been hard at work for months to Try to understand how they do it. to Build an impeachment against President Biden, searching for support for their allegations that he corruptly profited from his family members’ overseas business dealings and accepted bribes. But to Date, they have failed to deliver compelling evidence to Back up your boldest claims

The focus of their investigation was on the work Hunter Biden Did for partners and companies in Ukraine, China and many other countries.

Republicans subpoenaed both Democrats and Republicans last month to testify. Hunter James Biden, the president’s brother. Comer demanded other Biden Submit your family members to Transcripts of interviews

He sent letters seeking interviews to Sara BidenJames Biden’s wife; Hallie BidenThe widow of Beau Biden, the president’s older son; Elizabeth Secundy, Hallie Biden’s sister; Melissa Cohen, who is married to Hunter BidenTony Bobulinski was a former employee of Hunter Biden’s who has accused the Bidens of wrongdoing.

Mr. Comer already issued subpoenas for the bank records James and Hunter Biden As well as their associates and obtained over 14,000 pages.

Due to those subpoenas Republicans were able to obtain and release copies of checks showing payments totaling $240,000 in James and Sara’s 2017 and 2018 Biden to Joseph R. Biden Jr. is now president. Mr. Comer presented one of the checks to be a new and explosive evidence that the family was guilty. “laundered China money.” The President of the United States, Biden Was not in office during these years.

But an attorney for James Biden called Mr. Comer’s allegation “preposterous and highly misleading,” Note that the checks were to The brother repaid the two loans he had taken out while both were private citizens. The New York Times examined bank records that supported this account.

Rep. Jamie Raskin from Maryland, senior Democrat in the oversight panel, referred to the rejection as Hunter Biden’s offer to Testify in Public humiliation of the Republicans, and their latest inability to function to Support their claims of wrongdoing on the Bidens’ part.

“The evidence has shown time and again President Biden has committed no wrongdoing, much less an impeachable offense,” Mr. Raskin said in A statement. “Chairman Comer’s insistence that Hunter Biden’s interview should happen behind closed doors proves it once again. What the Republicans fear most is sunlight and the truth.”