Devon Archer, the business partner of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, told Congress on Monday that the ‘Biden brand’ helped Ukrainian firm Burisma and revealed that Joe was on the phone at least 20 times with foreign associates while his son was talking with them. Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Dan Goldman, are claiming Archer’s testimony adds to growing evidence that the former Vice President was involved in Hunter’s overseas deals while Democrats claim the conversations were innocent and did not involve business.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, said the ’20 phone conversations Archer referred to [were] directly about business deals.’
Chairman Jim Jordan, R-OH, said Archer ‘provided the committee with new information [and] called the meeting ‘very productive.’
Meanwhile, Democratic counsel Goldman told reporters that Archer ‘indicated that Hunter spoke to his father every day, and approximately 20 times over the course of a 10-year relationship, Hunter may have put his father on the phone with any number of different people, and they never once spoke about any business dealings.’ Goldman claimed that Joe and Hunter’s business partners only exchanged ‘niceties’ such as talking about ‘the weather, ‘what’s going on?”
However, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-AZ, disagrees with Goldman’s take and said that, according to Archer, Hunter’s seat on the Ukrainian energy firm was because of his family’s ‘brand’ and Joe added ‘value.’
Republicans and Democrats disagreed on the purpose and content of the phone calls between the Bidens and the foreign associates. Greene said the ‘information that’s coming out today [could] really push many of them [Republicans] to get to ‘yes” when it comes to potential impeachment proceedings against Biden.
Archer arrived 15 minutes late to his 10 a.m. deposition and declined to comment on reporters’ shouted questions. The 48-year-old is facing a lengthy prison sentence for defrauding Native Americans out of millions.
The Department of Justice had sent a July 29th letter to a New York judge calling for Archer’s sentencing to be expedited, which Republicans took as an attempt to ‘intimidate’ Archer’s testimony. However, the DOJ has since reversed course and said it does not wish to see Archer imprisoned before the testimony.
With Archer’s testimony, Republicans are hoping to gain enough evidence to move forward with proceedings against the former Vice President and his son amid a laundry list of foreign influence violations that Hunter could be charged with.
Dem Rep. Daniel Goldman just CONFIRMED that Joe Biden coordinated with Hunter Biden’s business partners “regularly” (!!!)
What we’re they talking about?
According to a sweaty, visibly shaken Goldman: “just the weather, ok guys!”
Watch, PANIC 👀pic.twitter.com/wQYyy6mjbN
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 31, 2023