Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Jason Smith, during a House Committee on Oversight and Accountability hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 28, 2023.

House Oversight Chair James Comer told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday he believes special counsel David Weiss indicted Hunter Biden to shield him from his scheduled deposition next week in front of Comer’s committee.

“My concern is that Weiss may have indicted Biden to protect him from him having to be deposed in the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday,” Comer said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

Comer then went further, arguing that Weiss’ entire criminal investigation – which has now indicted Biden in two states and could send him to prison for more than 40 years – “has been about a cover up.”

The Kentucky Republican framed the dozen federal charges brought against Biden so far, relating to a 2018 gun purchase and an alleged tax evasion scheme, as “the least little thing.”

“Look what he’s done,” Comer said. “Anybody else in America would already be in prison.”

In the interview, Comer repeatedly claimed Hunter Biden is guilty of illegal foreign lobbying and “influence peddling” schemes involving his father. Hunter Biden hasn’t been charged with lobbying offenses and nothing in the indictments backs up the GOP claims that Joe Biden was involved in his son’s business deals.

Comer’s comments come as he has demanded Hunter Biden appear for a closed-door deposition on December 13. Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, has told Congress his client is only willing to appear for a public hearing. If Biden does not appear on Wednesday, Comer said he will hold the president’s son in contempt of Congress for evading his subpoen