The transcript of Hunter Biden’s business associate Devon Archer’s congressional testimony was released Thursday.
Archer testified about Hunter’s business dealings and President Joe Biden’s alleged involvement. Archer is a close friend of Hunter and sat on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma alongside Hunter.
The transcript alleges that Hunter had a “brand” as part of the Biden family, specifically due to President Joe Biden. Archer testified that while Biden had no involvement with Burisma to his knowledge, “Burisma would have gone out of business if it didn’t have the brand attached to it.”
Archer also said it is fair to say “that Hunter Biden was selling the illusion of access to his father.”
Archer went on to testify that after Biden’s other son, Beau, died, he increasingly contacted Hunter. The former business partner also said that in one instance, Hunter put Biden on speakerphone while in Paris on a call and that he suspects Biden “knew” he was on the phone but said Hunter would frequently just talk about the weather.
“And [Hunter] said, ‘Say hello to,’ and he would just say the names of the people there?” Archer was asked.
“I don’t recall directly, but, yes, something like that,” Archer testified.
“And did you ever have the impression that Joe Biden actually knew who these people were? Or was he just telling – saying hello, kind of, at Hunter Biden’s invitation?”
“You know, sometimes yes, sometimes no, but generally no,” Archer said.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified late Sunday it would not have Archer sent to prison before his testimony after a Saturday letter sent to a judge indicated the DOJ was seeking a date for Archer to surrender to prison. The department later clarified the date would come after Archer provides testimony to Congress.
Archer was sentenced in 2022 to a year and one day in prison for defrauding a Native American tribal group and investment clients as part of a bond issuance scheme. Archer’s appeal was rejected in June after a federal appeals court reversed his request for a new trial.
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