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The Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee has invited Hunter Biden and a handful of his associates to testify at a public listening to as a part of its flailing investigation into Joe Biden.

The committee is investigating allegations that the president was concerned in his son’s enterprise dealings and used his political affect to complement his household – a declare central to the Republican impeachment inquiry into the president.

The probe, nonetheless, has to this point turned up little proof to help the claims.

Now, Oversight Committee Chair James Comer has introduced that he prolonged an invitation to the president’s son to testify at a listening to titled “Influence Peddling: Examining Joe Biden’s Abuse of Public Office” on 20 March.

In the announcement on Wednesday, Mr Comer mentioned he “fully” expects the president’s son to attend.

The committee additionally invited three of his enterprise associates — Devon Archer, Tony Bobulinski, and Jason Galanis — to testify.

All 4 have already testified behind closed doorways, however the committee wrote that this listening to will “examine inconsistencies among the witnesses’ testimonies in order to get the truth for the American people”.

In a press release, Mr Comer wrote that, throughout his interview, “Hunter Biden confirmed evidence about Joe Biden’s involvement, yet his testimony conflicts with other witnesses’ testimonies”.

“The American people deserve the facts about the Biden family’s corrupt influence peddling and Oversight Republicans will work to ensure accountability and press for answers to inform legislative solutions to prevent this abuse of power,” he continued.

Hunter Biden, left, son of President Joe Biden, arrives with legal professional Abbe Lowell on the O’Neill House Office Building for a closed-door deposition in February


Despite Mr Comer’s steadfast effort to probe the president, the committee has discovered little, if any, proof to this point to help the claims that he dedicated any wrongdoing.

Last month, The Independent reported that after conducting seven witness interviews, the committee turned up no proof of wrongdoing. Each of the seven people mentioned “they were not aware of any evidence of any wrongdoing by President Biden or of President Biden being involved in, profiting from, or taking official actions in relation to family members’ business ventures,” in accordance with a memorandum.

“Far from yielding any evidence of misconduct by President Biden, these efforts have served only to add to the mountain of evidence rebutting the Chairmen’s false claims about the President,” it learn. The inquiry depends “on nothing but distorted and cherry-picked facts and long-debunked conspiracy theories”.

The president’s son had demanded in December that the committee maintain a public listening to, saying that was the one discussion board through which he would testify as he feared Republicans wouldn’t characterise his testimony precisely.

However, he finally sat for a closed-door six-hour deposition in February.

It’s not clear whether or not he or his associates have agreed to attend the general public listening to.

When requested in regards to the public listening to announcement, Jamie Raskin, the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, instructed The Independent“I don’t understand the logic of what they’re doing. And lots of Republicans tell me that they think [the probe] is over.”

Mr Raskin additionally identified that the invitation was solely despatched by Rep Comer — not from Jim Jordan, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. This is “interesting” as a result of “they had agreed to do everything together,” the Maryland Democrat mentioned. “I hope there’s no trouble in paradise here.”

Jasmine Crockett, one other Democrat on the Oversight Committee, mentioned that Republicans are attempting to tug out the method: “Putting Hunter on the spot publicly, now more so so that they can continue their spectacle.”

She added that they’ve already “asked pertinent questions” behind closed doorways, so a public listening to serves as an “opportunity for all their crazy, radical members to berate him and be disrespectful as he sits there, remaining very composed. It’s just red meat for the Fox News crowd>”