In a significant development, the House Oversight Committee has announced plans to hold a meeting next week to deliberate a resolution seeking to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress.
This move comes after Hunter Biden violated congressional subpoenas issued by the House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee, who had summoned him for a closed-door deposition last month as part of the House Republican-led impeachment inquiry against President Biden.
Hunter Biden, the son of President Biden, opted to testify only in public, and upon denial of this request, he appeared on Capitol Hill to deliver a statement to the press, thereby defying the issued subpoena. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, both Republicans, have expressed their intent to take steps to hold Hunter Biden accountable for contempt of Congress.
According to reports from Fox News, Chairman Comer declared that the committee would conduct a markup meeting on January 10 to “consider a resolution and accompanying report to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for defying lawful subpoenas.”
Furthermore, Comer emphasized that their investigation had yielded substantial evidence suggesting President Biden’s awareness of, participation in, and benefit from his family capitalizing on the Biden name.
Comer added that Hunter Biden’s refusal to comply with the subpoenas constitutes contempt of Congress and warrants referral to the appropriate United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution. He asserted that there would be no special treatment based on Hunter Biden’s last name.
House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Jordan, will also hold a similar markup on January 10, recommending that Hunter Biden be held in contempt of Congress. Committee markups represent the initial step in bringing a resolution for holding an individual in contempt of Congress to a full vote on the House floor.
Ranking Member Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, criticized the move, arguing that there is no precedent for holding a private citizen in contempt of Congress who has offered to testify in public. He accused Chairman Comer of obstructing the investigation by denying Hunter Biden the opportunity to answer all the Committee’s questions in front of the American people.
The House impeachment inquiry against President Biden, spearheaded by Comer, Jordan, and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, was formalized by the full House last month. The expanded investigation is now exploring whether President Biden was involved in his son’s actions, with Republicans contending that such conduct could constitute an impeachable offense.
Hunter Biden has maintained that his father was not financially involved in his business, and he provided no evidence to suggest otherwise during his public statement last month. The impeachment inquiry continues to unfold as a critical political event, prompting further scrutiny into the Biden family’s actions.
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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