Hunter Biden was lost and now he’s found. That was the subtext of the president’s prodigal son’s speech outside Congress yesterday.
‘For six years, I have been the target of the unrelenting Trump attack machine shouting ‘Where’s Hunter?’,’ Hunter Biden told reporters. ‘Well, here is my answer, I am here.’
If Hunter’s statement was meant to put the Republicans on the back foot, it did not work. House Republicans James Comer and Jim Jordan vowed instead to launch contempt of congress proceedings against Hunter. Hours later, the thin Republican majority in Congress voted to formalise its impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden. The impeachment inquiry process, Republicans insist, will give Congress the power it needs to force the Biden family to answer questions it doesn’t want to answer.
In his extraordinary remarks yesterday, Hunter Biden emphasised his contempt for the ‘MAGA-right’. He accused Republicans of maligning him and his father ‘for political purposes,’ which is obviously true.
Republicans have spent the last three years in Congress and elsewhere trying – not altogether without success – to establish that ‘the Biden crime family’, as Donald Trump likes to put it, was using the now president’s political clout to sell influence abroad. They also allege, on somewhat thinner ground, that ‘big guy’ Joe was involved in Hunter’s schemes himself.
Team Biden’s tactic in response has generally been to refuse to engage. Hunter, for instance, has been defying a Republican subpoena to attend a closed-door session of their House Committee investigation into his business dealings. Yesterday, however, he upped the ante.
‘(The MAGA-right) have lied over and over about every aspect of my personal and professional life, so much so that their lies have become the false facts believed by too many people,’ he said.