by REAGAN REESE at dailycaller.com
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to clarify during a press briefing Wednesday what role President Joe Biden played in his son’s impromptu trip to Capitol Hill.
While the House Oversight Committee debated holding Hunter Biden in contempt Wednesday, the first son made an unexpected appearance in the hearing before hastily leaving moments later. After previously saying President Biden was familiar with his son’s decision to defy a congressional subpoena, Jean-Pierre wouldn’t say if the president was familiar with what his son would do Wednesday.
“Was the White House informed in advance that Hunter Biden would be showing up at the House Oversight Committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill today?” a reporter asked.
“So here is what I’ll say, and I’ve said this many times before. Hunter as you all know is a private citizen. He’s not a member of this White House. He makes his own decisions like he did today about how to respond to Congress, and so I would refer you for any further questions, any additional questions about this process, I would refer you to Hunter’s representatives,” Jean-Pierre responded.
“Fully [inaudible] that he makes his own decisions, but my question was about if the White House was informed about this,” the reporter followed up.
“Again, I would say that I don’t have any — we don’t have anything else to share beyond that. He is a private citizen, and he makes his own decisions as it relates to this particular response, this particular response to Congress. That is something that he decides on, and I would refer you to his representatives,” Jean-Pierre said.