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As Congress Debates His Fate, Hunter Biden Drops In

President's son pops in on hearing on whether to hold him in contempt of Congress

(Newser) - The House Oversight Committee was settling in Wednesday to debate whether to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress over his refusal to testify behind closed doors in his father's impeachment inquiry, when in walked the object of their potential contempt himself. Things got pretty colorful pretty quickly, notes...

House GOP to Hunter Biden: We'll Hold You in Contempt

They demand closed-door testimony in impeachment inquiry; Biden wants public hearing

(Newser) - House Republicans are threatening to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress if he doesn't sit for a closed-door deposition next week. For a second time Wednesday, Republicans rebuffed Biden's offer to publicly testify before the House Oversight Committee leading the impeachment inquiry into President Biden, per Axios...

Hunter Biden Offers to Testify Before Congress
Hunter Biden
Offers to Testify

Hunter Biden Offers to Testify

President's son says he's willing to go in front of the House Oversight Committee next month

(Newser) - Hunter Biden on Tuesday offered to testify publicly before Congress in response to a subpoena from Republicans investigating nearly every aspect of his business dealings as they pursue an impeachment inquiry into his father, President Biden. The Democratic president's son slammed the inquiry as a "fishing expedition" and...

Wild Claims Emerge in Congress' UFO Hearing
Wild Claims Emerge in
Congress' UFO Hearing
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Wild Claims Emerge in Congress' UFO Hearing

Multiple people have been injured by UAPs, witness testifies

(Newser) - "Nonhuman biologics" were recovered from crashed UFOs seized by the US government in secret, a former military intelligence officer told lawmakers under oath on Wednesday during a hearing on the potential national security threats posed by what's officially dubbed unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs. Retired US Air Force...

Whistleblower Testifies on Alleged Retrieval of UFOs

David Grusch claims government holds alien spacecraft and potentially alien bodies

(Newser) - Lawmakers will hear Wednesday from witnesses who say the government has been concealing evidence of alien life, including possible alien bodies. The House Oversight Committee's subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs will hear from three individuals with experience in the US military, including former Navy Cmdr....

Hunter Biden's Attorney Files Ethics Complaint on MTG

GOP congresswoman showed explicit images of president's son during an official hearing

(Newser) - Hunter Biden's attorney has filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she showed explicit photos of him during a congressional hearing, reports the Hill . Abbe David Lowell condemned Greene's "abhorrent behavior" in a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics. The "House has...

Feds: GOP's Biden Witness Was Engaged in 'Criminal Schemes'

After indictment unsealed, Republicans accuse prosecutors of trying to silence Gal Luft

(Newser) - The man that some Republicans in Congress have described as a witness with information on alleged Biden family corruption was "engaged in multiple, serious criminal schemes," prosecutors say. An eight-count indictment from November unsealed on Monday accuses Gal Luft of working as an illegal arms dealer and an...

'You're Not a Mother,' MTG Tells Union Leader Stepmom

'It'd be nice if we didn’t attack the witnesses,' Democratic lawmaker said after her remarks

(Newser) - After GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told a stepmother that she wasn't a mother at a House subcommittee hearing this week, things got a little divisive. Greene asked Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers union, if she was a mother, and Weingarten said she was a...

Ex-Twitter Execs: No Pressure to Block Hunter-Laptop Story

'The decisions here aren’t straightforward, and hindsight is 20/20,' says Yoel Roth

(Newser) - Former Twitter executives conceded Wednesday they made a mistake by blocking a story about Hunter Biden, the president’s son, from the social media platform in the run-up to the 2020 election—but they adamantly denied Republican assertions they were pressured by Democrats and law enforcement to suppress the story....

White House: Visitor Logs for Biden Home Don't Exist

Delaware home is a private residence, White House counsel says

(Newser) - House Republicans are demanding visitor logs from President Biden's Delaware home, but the White House says it isn't going to provide them because they don't exist. "Like every President across decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal," the White House counsel's office...

House GOPer Sends Letter to Yellen on Hunter Biden

Republicans have started their probe into president's son, as well as into Joe Biden's finances

(Newser) - In October, federal agents announced they'd gathered enough evidence to justify charging Hunter Biden with crimes. Now, House Republicans have jump-started their long-desired investigation of the president's son, as well as the involvement of ex-Twitter employees in handling reporting on him. Per the Hill , a letter sent Wednesday...

House Panel to Subpoena NFL Owner Over Accusations

Daniel Snyder has declined to answer questions in toxic workplace investigation

(Newser) - A congressional committee heard testimony Wednesday from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about accusations that one of the league's owners, Daniel Snyder, fostered a toxic workplace environment rife with sexual harassment. The committee announced that it will subpoena the Commanders owner to provide a deposition next week. Snyder has declined...

Judge: House Panel Can See Some Trump Tax Records

Ruling allows access on issues related to emoluments clause

(Newser) - A judge agreed Wednesday that a House committee has a right to see former President Trump's tax records, within limits. US District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington said the House Oversight Committee may subpoena some of the documents from Trump's accounting firm, Mazars. The former president has fought...

Baby Foods Contain Toxic Heavy Metals: Report

House panel pushes FDA to set standards

(Newser) - A House Oversight Committee report says alarming levels of toxic heavy metals—including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury—have been found in major-label baby food products. The heavy metals can imperil infant neurological development in infants. The subcommittee's chairman expressed frustration with federal regulators, the Washington Post reports. "...

Democrats: DeJoy May Have Broken the Law—Twice

He's accused of campaign finance violations, lying under oath

(Newser) - House Democrats are calling for the immediate suspension of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as they investigate alleged campaign finance violations . The USPS "never should have hired (him) in the first place," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said late Monday, per the...

Nadler: 'Shame On You, Mr. Barr'
Nadler to Barr:
'Shame on You'

Nadler to Barr: 'Shame on You'

AG appears at combative House hearing

(Newser) - After 18 months in office, Attorney General William Barr made his first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday—and he clashed with Democrats, including Rep. Jerrold Nadler, right from the start. In his opening remarks, Nadler, the committee chairman, said the Trump administration had "twisted the Department of...

Court Rejects Trump's Appeal in Fight Over Financial Records

President expected to appeal to Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal appeals court will not take up President Trump’s appeal of a ruling that his accounting firm must turn over financial records to Congress . The order was handed down Wednesday by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It is almost certain that Trump...

Rep. Elijah Cummings Dead at 68
Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies

Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies

Democrat chaired powerful House committee

(Newser) - Rep. Elijah Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office says. He was 68. A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a House committee that investigated President Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for...

C-17 Mission Stopped at Trump Resort

House committee looks into US spending near Turnberry

(Newser) - The House Oversight Committee is trying to find out why a C-17 military transport plane carrying supplies in the spring from the US to Kuwait stopped at President Trump's resort in Scotland. The five-person crew stayed at the Turnberry resort, about 50 miles from Glasgow, on both legs of...

House Panel Not OK With Kellyanne Conway's No-Show

House Oversight Committee votes 25-16 to subpoena her over Hatch Act violations

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway didn't appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday—and so that same committee voted to subpoena her testimony. It's looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that bars federal employees from engaging in politics while on the job. The...

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