Comer Says Devon Archer Confirms Joe Biden “Lied” About Knowledge Of Hunter's Business Dealings

 August 1, 2023

Reportedly, James Comer, House Oversight Committee Chairman, said Devon Archer confirmed in his appearance Monday to testify before them, that President Biden-

"lied to the American people when he said he had no knowledge about his son’s business dealings and was not involved."

-James Comer, House Oversight Committee Chairman

In a closed-door hearing Monday, Archer, a former business associate and longtime friend of Hunter Biden, testified for hours before the House Oversight Committee. Comer’s comments referred to that meeting. Some revelations and / or key takeaways from that meeting with Archer, as told by Comer include but were not limited to-

  • Archer saying that Hunter put his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, on speakerphone while meeting with business partners at least 20 times. Archer described how Joe Biden was put on the phone to sell "the brand."
  • "Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ that his son sold around the world to enrich the Biden family," Comer said. "When Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States, he joined Hunter Biden’s dinners with his foreign business associates in person or by speakerphone over 20 times."
  • Archer testified that in the spring of 2014, then-Vice President Biden attended a business dinner with his son, Hunter, and his associates at Café Milano in Washington, D.C. Elena Baturina, a Russian oligarch who is the widow of the former mayor of Moscow, attended the dinner. "Notably, the Biden Administration’s public sanctions list for Russian oligarchs does not contain Baturina,"
  • According to Archer, the phone calls and meetings, included a dinner in Paris with a French energy company and in China, with Jonathan Li, the CEO of BHR Partner-a joint-venture between Rosemont Seneca and the Chinese investment firm Bohai Capital. Reportedly, BHR Partners is a Beijing-backed private equity firm controlled by Bank of China Limited.
  • Archer also testified that then-Vice President Biden had coffee with Jonathan Li, the CEO of BHR, in Beijing. Then-Vice President Biden even wrote a letter of recommendation for college for Li’s daughter.
  • "When Burisma’s owner was facing pressure from the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company for corruption, Archer testified that Burisma executives asked Hunter to ‘call D.C.’ after a Burisma board meeting in Dubai,"
  • Archer, who served on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings alongside Hunter beginning in 2014, told lawmakers that the value of adding Hunter to the board was to build the company’s "brand."
  • Archer, according to Comer, confirmed that then-Vice President Joe Biden was "the brand.".. that his son sold around the world to enrich the Biden family,"
  • Archer said he believed that Hunter Biden being on the board and the "Biden brand" contributed to Burisma’s longevity, suggesting that people would have been "intimidated to mess with Burisma legally because of the Biden brand."
  • "Joe Biden was ‘the brand’, and Archer testified that "Burisma would have gone out of business if ‘the brand’ had not been attached to it."
  • Archer confirmed Joe Biden was referred to as "my guy" by Hunter Biden.

    -James Comer, House Oversight Committee Chairman

Together with other statements and explanations, Comer posed the question-

"Why did Joe Biden lie to the American people about his family’s business dealings and his involvement?"…adding… "It begs the question what else he is hiding from the American people." Adding,,,[the committee] "will continue to follow the Biden’s’ money trail and interview witnesses to determine whether foreign actors targeted the Biden’s, President Biden is compromised and corrupt, and our national security is threatened."

-James Comer, House Oversight Committee Chairman

According to Comer, Archer also explained the interaction in December 2015, which involved Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky and Vadym Pozharski an executive at the firm. Reportedly, Archer said Zlochevsky and Pozharski "placed constant pressure on Hunter Biden to get help from D.C." in getting Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin ousted. Shokin, at the time, had been investigating Burisma for corruption.

A source said that Archer testified that just days later, on Dec. 9, 2015, Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine and made a speech. Biden, during the speech, said the government needed to fix the Ukrainian prosecutor's office. This statement is a point that House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan, reportedly told Fox News-

"…is the most revealing aspect of Archer’s testimony and maybe the most important in our entire investigation so far,"

-Jim Jordan, House Judiciary Committee

In an open interview at the time, Biden acknowledged that when he was vice president, even boasting at the time, that he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin. He did so supposedly by threatening to withhold $1 billion of critical U.S. aid if Shokin was not fired. At the time, Joe Biden, at that time, was in charge of U.S.-Ukraine policy for the Obama administration and Hunter had a highly lucrative role on the board receiving thousands of dollars per month. Shokin was reportedly investigating Burisma Holdings.

Defending Biden, his allies maintain, that his push for Shokin's firing was due to concerns the Ukrainian prosecutor went easy on corruption, saying additionally, that his firing, at the time, was the policy position of the U.S. and international community.

Following his client's testimony, Matthew L. Schwartz, Archer's attorney, released a statement Monday, saying-

"We are aware that all sides are claiming victory following Mr. Archer’s voluntary interview today," Schwartz said. "But all Devon Archer did was exactly what we said he would: show up and answer the questions put to him honestly and completely." …"Mr. Archer shared the truth with the Committee, and we will leave to them and others to decide what to do with it."

-Matthew L. Schwartz, Archer's attorney

Comer said that the December 2015 phone call from Biden, Zlochevsky and Pozharski to D.C."raises concerns that Hunter Biden was in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, “ for which he is under investigation now by the DOJ.

Reacting to Archer's testimony, on Monday afternoon, White House Spokesperson Ian Sams downplayed the interview, saying -

"It appears that the House Republicans’ own much-hyped witness today testified that he never heard of President Biden discussing business with his son or his son’s associates, or doing anything wrong,"... "House Republicans keep promising bombshell evidence to support their ridiculous attacks against the President, but time after time, they keep failing to produce any."  And…

"In fact, even their own witnesses appear to be debunking their allegations. Instead of continuing to waste time and resources on this evidence-free wild goose chase, House Republicans should drop these stunts and work with the President on the issues that actually impact Americans’ daily lives, like continuing to lower costs, create jobs, and strengthen health care.”

-White House spokesperson Ian Sams

“The truth does not require a majority to prevail, ladies and gentlemen. The truth is its own power. The truth will out. Never forget that.”

-Rush Limbaugh
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