The letter, dated Friday, refutes the claims made by Lowell regarding the committees' subpoena power and his dismissal of the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
The Republican lawmakers' letter to Lowell reads, "Your recent letter makes several baseless and misleading assertions that we are compelled to clarify. It implies that the Committees have no valid legislative purpose for these subpoenas. Any such assertion is incorrect." They substantiate their argument by referring to a Supreme Court ruling that validates the authority of Congress to issue subpoenas for investigative purposes.
The letter further challenges Lowell's suggestion that there is no evidence linking Mr. Biden's business dealings to the official actions of his father, President Biden. Comer and Jordan argue that this claim contradicts the facts established through the ongoing investigation.
The lawmakers then present the evidence supporting the impeachment inquiry. This includes testimony from Devon Archer, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, who recounted approximately 20 instances where Joe Biden interacted with his son's foreign business partners. Archer and Biden were both board members of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm.
According to bank records released by the Oversight Committee in August, Hunter Biden received over $80,000 per month for his services to the company. Archer also recalled how the Biden family's influence shielded Burisma from legal scrutiny during Joe Biden's vice presidency.
The impeachment inquiry into President Biden is being spearheaded by the House Ways and Means, Judiciary, and Oversight Committees. The inquiry is based on allegations of President Biden's involvement in Hunter Biden's foreign business ventures and testimony from two IRS whistleblowers accusing Department of Justice (DOJ) officials of giving Hunter Biden preferential treatment during its ongoing criminal probe into his taxes and firearm possession.
The committees have so far uncovered over $24 million received by Biden family members and business associates from foreign sources. Comer has also released additional bank records showing a $40,000 transaction originating in China that ended up in Joe Biden's bank account. The check was sent to Joe Biden by his sister-in-law Sara Biden, wife of Hunter Biden's uncle and business partner James Biden. Both James and Hunter Biden have been subpoenaed to appear for a closed-door deposition in December.
Rob Walker, another former business associate of Hunter Biden, informed the FBI in 2020 that Joe Biden met with his son's Chinese business associates shortly after his vice presidency. This information was revealed in a transcript of his FBI interview released by the Ways and Means Committee. Walker was also subpoenaed by the Oversight Committee last month to appear for a deposition.
In response to the ongoing investigation, Lowell offered to have Hunter Biden testify publicly and skip the deposition. However, Comer, Jordan, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith countered with a demand for the first son to conduct the deposition before testifying publicly.
The lawmakers' letter to Lowell concludes, "Mr. Biden’s attempt to avoid sitting for a deposition pursuant to the terms of the subpoenas—by offering instead to testify at a public hearing—amounts to a demand that he receive special treatment from the Committees. Mr. Biden will not succeed in attempting to dictate to the Committees how they conduct their investigation."
Hunter Biden was indicted in September on three federal gun charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment in October. Lowell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.