In a direct challenge to the Biden family narrative, Hunter Biden’s former best friend, who served as a director of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma along with him, will reportedly say that Hunter Biden put his father on the phone roughly two dozen times as Hunter spoke to his foreign business partners or business investors.
Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed he did not speak with his son about Hunter’s foreign business dealings.
Devon Archer, 48, will testify before the House Oversight Committee, and is expected to say the calls happened in his presence, The New York Post reported, adding that a close associate of Archer’s said he is testifying out of his obligation to his “civic duty.” The associate stated Archer has “nothing to hide, no revenge to enact nor anyone to protect other than his family and he feels he has been handcuffed by the absurdly bogus [fraud] case into remaining silent. In a forum where he has immunity he can at least start to speak truth.”
Archer’s family has allegedly been targeted with death threats and warnings to “keep your mouth shut” since it was revealed he would testify.
“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,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) said.
One of the meetings Archer will discuss occurred on Dec. 4, 2015, when Archer and Hunter Biden reportedly had dinner with the Burisma board in Dubai before they were contacted later at another hotel by senior Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi, who told them Burisma’s owner Mykola Zlochevsky needed to contact Hunter Biden.
Biden reportedly called his father and put him on speaker, then introduced Pozharskyi and Zlochevsky to him, adding that they “need our support.”
Prior to the phone call, in September 2015, U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt had singled out Zlochevsky in a speech about corruption in Odessa. Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin was investigating Burisma; prompting Pozharskyi to pressure Hunter, as emails on Hunter’s laptop revealed. One November 2015 email showed Pozharskyi emailing Hunter Biden and Archer demanding they use their influence to “close down” the investigation targeting Burisma.
By February 2016 Shokin would seize property belonging to Zlochevsky, who was living in Dubai.
In March 2016, Joe Biden was threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine, claiming Shokin wasn’t investigating corruption. In March 2016, Shokin was fired. Biden then bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations, “I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b****. He got fired.”
Archer will reportedly testify about two dinners in Washington, D.C., that Hunter organized for Joe Biden in which he would meet Hunter’s business partners from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.
Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski has stated that Hunter Biden would routinely get his father on the phone during business calls with associates, saying:
I am also aware of other Biden family business associates confirming that Joe would take phone calls from Hunter in the middle of business meetings and would weigh in via speakerphone. … Sitting with Hunter at Chateau Marmont before I first met Joe Biden on May 2, 2017, Hunter was adamant that his father takes his calls at any time, no matter what his lawyers say or with gatekeepers like Kate Bedingfield playing interference. … The American people don’t fully appreciate yet the key role Joe Biden played in the Biden family global influence peddling . . . I would equate it to a chairman’s role in a traditional business structure.