Hunter Biden hearing goes off the rails in opening moments as Democrats take shots at GOP witness – Washington Examiner

The second House Oversight Committee hearing into the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden went off the rails early on after former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski took shots at two of the Democrats on the committee.

In his opening statement, Bobulinski called out the Democrats and Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, for allegedly lying about his allegations about the Biden family’s business dealings. He directly took aim at Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Dan Goldman (D-NY).

“We keep hearing from certain corners that our democracy is at risk and democracy is on the ballot in ’24. Yet the same people preaching this mantra no better they continue to lie directly to the American people without hesitation and remorse,” he said.

“Rep. Dan Goldman and Jamie Raskin, both lawyers, and Mr. Goldman, a former prosecutor with the SDNY from New York will continue to lie today in this hearing and then go straight to the media to tell more lies.”

Raskin later requested a parliamentary inquiry from House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) on whether witnesses were subject to decorum rules, after Bobulinski accused him and Goldman of being liars.

“He called members of this committee liars, and I just want to know whether the order and decorum requirements of House rule 11 apply to witnesses appearing before the committee,” Raskin said. “Do that does it apply or does it not?”

After speaking with an aide, Comer said he was unaware of any rules about decorum “pertaining to a witness” and he allowed Bobulinski to continue.

After Bobulinski concluded his opening statement, Raskin would ask why Jason Galanis, another former associate of Hunter Biden, was granted to testify remotely, when members had been barred from remotely attending hearings. Goldman also attempted to ask a parliamentary inquiry, but Comer cut him off and moved on to the next witness after it appeared Goldman’s question was not a parliamentary matter.


Hunter Biden had been invited to testify but said he would not to attend. The committee left a spot open for the younger Biden, leading Bobulinski to jokingly ask before his opening statement if he “should allow Hunter to give his opening statement first.”

The hearing has two other witnesses testifying, including Jason Galanis, another former associate of Hunter Biden, and Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani. Devon Archer was also invited by Republicans but did not appear at the hearing.