A key figure in the ongoing investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings claims he witnessed dozens of meetings where then-Vice President Joe Biden was present for conversations between his son Hunter Biden and various business associates.
Devon Archer, a close friend of Hunter Biden’s, is set to testify before the House Oversight Committee about instances when he witnessed the son of President Biden bring his father into meetings or speed-dial him by phone to add gravitas to his exchanges with overseas corporate figures who paid handsomely to access his influence in Washington. House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-KY) issued a subpoena for an appearance by Archer, who is facing a separate trial in a case alleging bond fraud.
“We are looking forward very much to hearing from Devon Archer about all the times he has witnessed Joe Biden meeting with Hunter Biden’s overseas business partners when he was vice president, including on speakerphone,” Rep. Comer told the New York Post.
As part of his testimony, Archer is expected to offer intimate details of high-level meetings between Hunter Biden and business associates like those at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company that was paying him $83,000 per month to advise them on American policy. One such meeting involved company executive Vadym Pozharskyi and its owner Mykola Zlochevsky, who joined Hunter Biden at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach for an evening in December of 2015. Just ten weeks earlier, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine called out Zlochevsky during a speech as an instigator in the “poison of cronyism, corruption, and kleptocracy” weakening Ukraine’s government.
During the call, Hunter Biden introduced his friends “Vadym and Mykola” to his father, saying they “need our support.” Then-Vice President Biden spoke only in vague pleasantries, emphasizing the need for both sides to “support” each other.
Less than a year after the call, Vice President Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in economic aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma for corruption, was fired.
“I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden would brag to the Council on Foreign Relations. “Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
Emails contained on Hunter Biden’s laptop showed that the Burisma official demanded he use his influence to “close down” the investigation by Shokin.
Revelations about Hunter Biden’s business activities have gathered steam since the embattled first son pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of tax fraud and one count of illegal firearms possession. President Biden has defended his son but maintained he was not aware or involved in the business dealings that have engulfed his administration in controversy and led to congressional inquiries about the involvement of his family.