During a hearing with the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, Hunter Biden’s former businesses partner and friend gave a lengthy testimony on the president’s foreign business dealings, according to The Blaze. Devon Archer’s remarks presented a stark contrast to claims made by Joe Biden.
While on the campaign trail in Iowa in 2019, Biden alleged that he never spoke to his son about his business. He went on to blame then-President Donald Trump for trying to “smear him.”
But Archer clarified that Joe Biden was Hunter’s “brand.” This suggested that the presence of the Bidens in the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter sat on the board was enough to discourage people from legally targeting it. Biden coincides with statements made by Burisma Holdings owner Mykola Zlochevsky.
In an FBI document that the committee obtained, Zlochevsky allegedly admitted to an informant that he bribed the Bidens with two $5 million payments in exchange for removing Viktor Shokin as a prosecutor. Shokin was reportedly investigating the company. In 2018, at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden went on to brag about being responsible for firing Shokin after threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. Biden was vice president at the time this would have occurred.
Archer said that “the brand” that Hunter sold was mentioned several times over the course of business, including meetings with a French energy company and with the Chinese CEO of BHR Partners, an investment firm with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
A 2015 email exchange reportedly reveals that Hunter’s purpose at the energy company was to deal with legal issues that Burisma might face. Zlochevsky appealed to Hunter for help from the White House over Shokin’s investigation. Archer then claimed that Hunter, Zlochevsky, and company executive Vadym Pozharski subsequently called D.C.