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House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan discussed potential consequences for Hunter Biden’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas, stating that contempt of Congress proceedings could result in up to a year in jail.

Oversight Chairman James Comer announced a meeting to consider holding Hunter Biden in contempt after he skipped a deposition.

The charge carries a minimum 30-day jail sentence, a maximum of one year, and a fine of up to $100,000. (Trending: U.S. State Passes Personal Pronoun Ban)

“Well, if we pass it [contempt of Congress] out of the committee and then pass it through the full House, which I think we can do, then it goes to the Justice Department. That will be the attorney general’s decision whether he’s going to press charges,” Jordan said.

“But if he does, I mean, it could be up to a year of jail time for failing to come and comply with a deposition for subpoena, a subpoenaed deposition to be interviewed by Congress. So this is serious stuff.”

Democrats criticized the move, arguing that Biden offered to testify publicly.

“There is no precedent for the U.S. House of Representatives holding a private citizen in contempt of Congress who has offered to testify in public, under oath, and on a day of the Committee’s choosing,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said.

Jordan noted the Department of Justice’s prosecution of former Trump aides for contempt and suggested there was support in the House for the contempt resolution.

“That will be his call,” Jordan said.

“But I do think there was support in the House, certainly in the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee, to pass that contempt resolution. And then it’ll go to the House floor, I think, quickly thereafter.”

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