by Chris Enloe
Chaos erupted on Capitol Hill when Hunter Biden made a surprise visit to a House Oversight Committee hearing.
The committee met on Wednesday for markup of a resolution to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for ignoring congressional subpoenas last month. It was after Chairman James Comer (R) delivered his opening remarks that Hunter walked into the hearing room with two of his attorneys, Abbe Lowell and Kevin Morris.
Hunter’s unscheduled appearance prompted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to ask Comer to recite the committee rules that prevented Hunter from immediately testifying.
And then Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) had her opportunity to speak.
“My first question is: Who bribed Hunter Biden to be here today?” she began before addressing Hunter directly.
“You are the epitome of white privilege coming into the Oversight Committee, spitting in our face, ignoring a congressional subpoena to be deposed,” she said. “What are you afraid of? You have no balls to come up here.”
Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) immediately interrupted Mace and demanded that Comer hold a vote to allow Hunter to testify, which would have violated committee rules.
“Are women allowed to speak in here, or no?” Mace shot back as several lawmakers talked over one another. “I think that Hunter Biden should be arrested right here, right now, and go straight to jail. Our nation is founded on the rule of law and the premise that the law applies equally to everyone no matter what your last name is.”
After decorum was restored, Mace was permitted to finish her speech. She concluded by telling Hunter, “You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.”
Hunter then abruptly left the hearing when Greene was recognized to speak after Moskowitz spent five minutes defending Hunter and slamming Comer.
After leaving the hearing room, Lowell spoke briefly with the media and accused Republicans without evidence of being motivated by “improper partisan motives” in their investigation into allegations of Biden family corruption.
Lowell also accused Republicans of being “afraid” to hear from Hunter, which isn’t true. The House Oversight and Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas — thus showing their desire to hear from Hunter on the record — but the first son, of course, defied those lawful requests.