House committee leaves empty seat for Hunter Biden at public hearing

House Oversight Committee Republicans have left an open seat at today’s Biden impeachment inquiry hearing for the president’s son, Hunter Biden, after he turned down their invitation to appear.

The Oversight Committee's GOP majority is investigating accusations that Biden and his family enriched themselves by using his political connections, particularly when he was vice president.

Much of the investigation has focused on Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings in Ukraine and China. Both he and the White House have denied accusations of influence peddling using Biden, who was vice President when most of the alleged interactions took place.

The committee is instead hearing from Hunter Biden’s former business associates. One is Tony Bobulinski, who has personally told investigators that the Biden family was selling access to the now-president. The second is Jason Galanis, who is in prison after he pleaded guilty to securities fraud. Galanis will be appearing remotely.

Hunter Biden’s lawyer Abbe Lowell wrote to the committee last week, “Your blatant planned-for-media event is not a proper proceeding but an obvious attempt to throw a Hail Mary pass after the game has ended.”

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