Representative Dan Goldman (D-NY) gave his account of the testimony of Devon Archer, a close former business associate and friend of Hunter Biden, on Tuesday morning. When asked by an MSNBC host to give a specific account of what Archer’s testimony reveals, Representative Goldman said that Archer’s words ought to be put in context and that the daily phone conversations between then Vice President Joe Biden and his son began in 2015 after Beau Biden’s tragic death.
“So let’s put this [testimony about repeated contact between Hunter and Joe Biden] in context, Beau Biden got very sick in early 2015 and he died in the spring of 2015, which was right in the middle when Devon Archer had his business dealings with Hunter Biden. At that point Joe Biden and Hunter Biden began to speak every day because they were both devastated by Beau’s death,” claimed the New York Democrat.
“They spoke every day,” admitted Goldman. “The witness testified that over his ten-year relationship with Hunter Biden there may be approximately 20 times when in one of those conversations, Hunter Biden would put his father at a dinner- not at a business meeting, at a dinner – that he was having if he happened to get a hold of his father and would ask his father to say hello to whoever was at the table” recalled the Imperial State lawmaker.
“That was essentially the extent of it” claimed Representative Goldman. Goldman then blurted out that “it was unclear and the witness testified that- this is not me saying it- a lot of times- most of the time- Joe did not even know who the people were at the dinner table.”
He then admitted to the possibility that this “may have been Hunter’s effort to say ‘hey, this is the Vice President, this is my dad. But the critical part here for Congress and that is what we have to make sure we understand is that Joe Biden was doing nothing to benefit his son.”
Mr. Goldman’s commentary contains admissions that, at least some of the time, the then-Vice President knew who was at the dinner table and admits to the possibility that Hunter was using the phone conversations with his father as a way to make his business associates think he had access to his father.
Not everyone is buying Goldman’s excuses, however. Law professor Jonathan Turley tweeted that “Rep. Goldman insists that the over 20 calls confirmed by Devon Archer were just Joe Biden being a good Dad…He makes it sound like Biden was checking in on his son’s travel soccer team rather some of the world’s most corrupt figures.”
Rep. Goldman insists that the over 20 calls confirmed by Devon Archer were just Joe Biden being a good Dad. https://t.co/C2cYkWb66o He makes it sound like Biden was checking in on his son's travel soccer team rather some of the world's most corrupt figures.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) July 31, 2023