In an intense, evidence-rich committee hearing, Devon Archer, Hunter’s former business partner, revealed to Congress that the “Biden Brand” saved Ukrainian firm Burisma from bankruptcy. He also said Joe Biden joined them via phone on 20 occasions while Hunter spoke with foreign colleagues.
Evidence has been stacking up since then-Vice President Joe Biden was accused of being involved in Hunter’s foreign business dealings. Democrats have tried to claim that Biden was participating in these calls with his son, but they were not work-related at all.
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We completed a transcribed interview with Biden associate, Devon Archer.
Archer’s testimony confirms Joe Biden lied to the American people when he said he had no knowledge about his son’s business dealings and was not involved.
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Archer’s testimony adds even more evidence to that pile. Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) maintained that Archer informed the House Oversight Committee that Joe Biden had joined the discussions over speakerphone while Hunter was talking business with international associates.
Goldman also tried to argue the possibility that the father-son duo was simply discussing “niceties,” like the weather or what’s for dinner, something completely innocent. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) mentioned that Archer said Hunter was on the board of the Ukrainian energy business for a reason.
Archer pointed out that the “Biden Brand” contributed to Hunter’s spot on the board because Joe Biden (the VP of the U.S. at the time) was valuable. Archer also reported that Hunter would refer to his father, Joe, as “my guy,” according to an Oversight Republicans statement.
Goldman, the lead counsel on Donald Trump’s first impeachment and the single Democrat attending the testimony, doubled down. Goldman told reporters, “Hunter may have put his father on the phone with any number of different people, and they never once spoke about any business dealings.”
“Burisma would have gone out of business sooner if the Biden brand had not been invoked,” Archer included in his testimony. According to the internal memo, recounting a discussion with a secret source who met with Burisma CFO Vadim Pojarski in 2015, Pojarski said Joe and Hunter were both given $5 million each.
This occurred while Biden was VP, and the money was exchanged for “favorable policy outcomes.” Archer also stated in his testimony that Hunter was being pressured to remove prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was probing Burisma then.
Then-Vice President Biden reportedly threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if Shokin was not removed for corruption in March 2016. In another scenario, an email to Hunter in 2017 revealed that his uncle Jim and other business associates discussed a transaction with Chinese energy leader CEFC.
James Hilliar, another of Hunter’s business affiliates, mentioned that the “big guy” obtained a 10% stake in the profitable CEFC contract. Tony Bobulinski, a U.S. Navy veteran and former business associate of Hunters, explained in October 2020 that the reference, “big guy,” referred to President Joe Biden.