During an explosive and evidence-packed committee hearing, Devon Archer, the former business partner of Hunter Biden, revealed that the “Biden brand” played a crucial role in rescuing Ukrainian firm Burisma from bankruptcy.
Additionally, Archer disclosed that Joe Biden participated in at least 20 phone calls while his son was engaging with foreign colleagues. The testimony shed light on the extent of the Bidens’ involvement in the affairs of the Ukrainian company and raised further questions about their connections with foreign entities.
BREAKING: Joe Biden was on more than 20 different business calls with Hunter Biden according to Devon Archer.
What exactly is Joe Biden trying to hide?
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According to Republicans, Archer’s testimony adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that then-Vice President Joe Biden was indeed involved in his son Hunter’s international business activities, which resulted in significant financial gains from countries like China and Romania.
According to Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Archer’s testimony indicated that Hunter held a position on the board of the Ukrainian energy business because of his family’s “brand,” and Joe Biden, the then-Vice President, contributed “value” to the arrangement.
Furthermore, Archer disclosed that Hunter referred to his father, Joe Biden, as “my guy.”
Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), the lead counsel on Trump’s initial impeachment and the sole Democrat present during the testimony, reiterated his stance to reporters. He stated that Archer had conveyed that Hunter had daily conversations with his father, and over their ten-year relationship, there were approximately 20 occasions when Hunter might have connected his father with various individuals, yet business dealings were never discussed.
On the other hand, Republicans had a divergent interpretation of Archer’s account.
According to an internal memo detailing a conversation with a confidential source who met with Burisma CFO Vadim Pojarski in 2015, Pojarski alleged that Joe and Hunter received $5 million each during Biden’s vice presidency in return for favorable policy outcomes.
In Archer’s testimony, he asserted that in 2015, Pozharskyi and CEO Nikola Zlochevsky exerted consistent pressure on Hunter to have prosecutor Viktor Shokin removed from the investigation into Burisma at that time.
In March 2016, then-Vice President Joe Biden allegedly threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine unless prosecutor Shokin was removed due to corruption concerns.
In a separate incident, an email sent to Hunter in 2017 involved discussions with Chinese energy giant CEFC. Hunter’s uncle Jim and other business associates referenced the “big guy” acquiring a 10% stake in a profitable contract.
Tony Bobulinski, a U.S. Navy veteran and former associate of Hunter Biden, publicly stated in October 2020 that the term “big guy” referred to current President Biden.
Archer’s testimony comes amidst a dispute with the Department of Justice, which initially denied any intention of imprisoning him before his deposition due to an unrelated fraud conviction. However, on July 29th, the DOJ sent a letter to a New York judge requesting an accelerated sentencing for Archer.
Republicans assert that the DOJ’s move to expedite sentencing was aimed at intimidating Archer, whom they consider a key witness in their ongoing investigation into Joe Biden’s potential involvement in his son’s international business dealings.
In a recent filing on Sunday, the DOJ seems to have reversed its stance, informing District Judge Abrams that they no longer sought to imprison Archer prior to his testimony before Congress regarding Biden’s financial activities.