Hunter Biden’s business partner Devon Archer provided significant testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Monday, revealing that Joe Biden’s involvement and brand value played an essential role in keeping the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma afloat. His disclosures have shed light on Hunter Biden’s international business deals that allegedly garnered millions from countries like China and Romania, and significantly, Joe Biden’s involvement in these transactions.
While Republicans view Archer’s testimony as further evidence of the then-vice president’s involvement in his son’s overseas deals, Democrats argue that the phone calls between Joe and Hunter Biden, where Joe was often on speakerphone, were innocent and unrelated to business. Democrats like Rep. Dan Goldman (NY) insist these conversations were mundane, discussing ‘niceties’ such as the weather.
Contrary to this view, Republican Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ) states that according to Archer, Hunter Biden held a position on Burisma’s board due to the influence of his family’s brand. Joe Biden allegedly added value to the company and might have played a role in the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Burisma.
Archer also revealed that Hunter frequently referred to Joe as ‘my guy,’ suggesting a close relationship. Democrats claim that despite frequent father-son conversations, Archer testified that there was no talk of business dealings. Notably, this was the period when Beau Biden, Joe Biden’s eldest son, fell ill, leading to frequent communication between Joe and Hunter.
Republicans, however, interpret Archer’s account differently. Biggs reiterated that Archer testified about the Biden brand’s significance for Burisma’s survival. He added that Archer was unaware of the specific bribery claims outlined in the FBI’s FD-1023 document.
This confidential document details a conversation with Burisma’s CFO Vadim Pojarski in 2015. According to this, Joe and Hunter reportedly received $5 million each when Joe was vice president, in exchange for policy outcomes favoring the company.
Archer also highlighted the pressure on Hunter in 2015 to get Joe to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma. Allegedly, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine in 2016 if Shokin was not dismissed for corruption.
Another former associate of the first son, U.S. Navy veteran Tony Bobulinski, publicly claimed that ‘big guy,’ referred to in an email from business partner James Gilliar, was President Biden. This term was used in a context regarding a deal with Chinese energy conglomerate CEFC, where the ‘big guy’ was expected to receive a 10 percent stake.
Oversight member Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) argued that Archer’s testimony was damning, revealing the Bidens’ involvement in influence peddling. She insisted that the 20 phone conversations Archer mentioned were about business deals, not trivial matters.
However, Goldman painted a different picture of these phone calls. He explained that sometimes, Hunter, while at dinner with business associates, would put his father on speakerphone without Joe knowing who else was present. A Democratic source also noted that Archer told the committee that Hunter Biden was “selling the illusion of access to his father.”
Archer’s attorney, Matthew Schwartz, stated that Archer answered all questions honestly and completely. While all sides claim victory following the testimony, Republicans have launched an investigation into Hunter’s ‘sweetheart’ plea deal.
Rep. Greene believes that Archer’s testimony could influence the potential Biden impeachment inquiry. She mentioned that the weekly meeting of the Republican conference, led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), emphasized the need for unanimous support when the time for voting arrives.
Archer, who served with Hunter on Burisma’s board and received $50,000 monthly for his role, is facing potential imprisonment for defrauding Native Americans out of millions. His upcoming sentence and the fallout from his testimony promise to continue the ongoing investigation into the Bidens’ alleged business schemes.