Reports are suggesting that Joe Biden, while he was Vice President, was part of conversations with international business partners of his son, Hunter Biden. These details are expected to emerge during an upcoming Congressional hearing from an individual prepared to blow the whistle on these dealings.
Devon Archer, who used to be a close companion of Hunter Biden, is set to share his account before the House Oversight Committee, as indicated by a story in the New York Post.
James Comer, R-Ky., Chair of the Committee, is eager to learn from Archer about instances where Joe Biden had engagements with Hunter Biden’s foreign business connections, often over the phone, which contradicts the Post’s reports.
Despite Joe Biden’s consistent denials about any awareness of Hunter’s international business activities, Archer is expected to share his experiences of Hunter bringing his father into meetings via speakerphone with foreign collaborators or prospective partners.
A significant telephonic discussion happened in December 2015 with the owner of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky. Zlochevsky wanted an urgent conversation with Hunter before speaking with Joe Biden.
Archer is anticipated to share with the committee that Joe Biden interacted with Zlochevsky and Vadym Pozharskyi, a top executive of Burisma, albeit briefly and non-specifically, according to the Post.
Hunter was drawing a monthly director’s salary of $83,000 from Burisma at the time and, during the call, stressed that the Burisma leaders “sought our backing,” per Archer’s account.
Legislators are likely to investigate the circumstances around Zlochevsky’s hurried request for a conversation with Joe Biden, as per the Post.
During this time, Viktor Shokin, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, had launched a corruption investigation against Burisma. In February 2016, Shokin confiscated properties and a luxury vehicle belonging to Zlochevsky, who was then living in exile in Dubai.
Shokin, however, lost his job the following month after Joe Biden, who was then the Obama administration’s point person for Ukraine, threatened to hold back $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine.
Archer will also likely testify about numerous other meetings where Hunter brought his father in via speakerphone, including a dinner at a Paris restaurant aimed at wooing potential investors.
Archer is also likely to discuss two dinners arranged by Hunter for his then-Vice Presidential father to meet with business contacts from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan, according to the Post.
Facing a prison term for his participation in a $60 million bond scam, Archer has decided to testify out of a sense of “civic obligation,” according to a person close to him.
Tony Bobulinski, another former associate of Hunter Biden, recalls instances where Hunter proposed bringing his father into a business discussion over the phone during a gathering in Los Angeles.
Bobulinski’s remarks, as mentioned in the Post, include that “Joe would be brought into business discussions by Hunter during calls.”
Last week, Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made public an FBI document in which a confidential informant allegedly told the FBI about a potential criminal bribery scheme involving President Biden and Zlochevsky while Biden was Vice President.