Rob Walker, Hunter Biden’s longtime business partner, said in a closed-door interview Friday with the GOP-led House Oversight Committee that President Joe Biden was “never involved” in Hunter Biden’s business dealings, according to Walker’s opening statement obtained by the site. . Letters of News.
“To be clear, President Biden – while in office or as a private citizen – did not engage in any of our business activities. Any statement to the contrary is simply false,” Walker said in his opening statement.
Walker added that the president’s son “always made sure there were clear boundaries between any company and his father. Always. And as his partner, I always understood and respected those boundaries.”
During the interview, Walker submitted the statement to the record and read it verbatim, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.
In his opening remarks, Walker also expressed concern that House Republicans might take his words out of context.
Walker’s statement that President Biden had no role in Hunter’s business dealings matches what several former partners have told the oversight committee as Republicans continue their impeachment investigation.
Hunter Biden had initially refused the committee’s request to interview him behind closed doors for fear that Republicans would mischaracterize his testimony in the same way that his close friend Kevin Morris accused them of. However, earlier this month, Hunter Biden and the committee reached an agreement for him to testify behind closed doors at the end of February.
Members of the three committees charged with leading the impeachment inquiry — Judiciary, Oversight, and Ways and Means — will be able to attend and ask questions during Hunter Biden’s testimony.
“We have a lot of questions,” House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said.
The House Oversight Committee report that recommended contempt charges against Hunter Biden said his testimony was “necessary” to determine whether there were “sufficient grounds” for impeachment. “We are very concerned that the president of the United States may be in danger,” Coomer said earlier this month.
Hunter Biden and his allies denounced the Republican-led investigation as nothing more than an attempt to smear his father’s political career. Joe Biden has denied any financial involvement in his son’s business activities, and the committee has yet to find evidence that the president committed a crime.
The younger Biden faces two federal criminal cases brought by private attorney David Weiss in California and Delaware related to alleged tax and gun violations, respectively. Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
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