Testimony from Hunter Biden’s business associate, Devon Archer, has shed new light on the allegations against President Joe Biden regarding his son’s business dealings. The testimony, which was released by the Republican-led House Oversight Committee this week, provides key insights that contradict the claims made by Republicans. Here are the main points from Archer’s testimony that challenge the Republican narrative.
Firstly, Archer testified that there were no business discussions between Hunter Biden and Joe Biden. Despite Hunter frequently putting his father on speakerphone during conversations with Burisma executives, the discussions were limited to general topics such as weather and casual niceties.
Furthermore, Archer denied any knowledge of Joe Biden altering U.S. policy for the benefit of Hunter’s business endeavors. He explicitly stated that Joe Biden’s decision to fire Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin was solely based on pursuing anti-corruption policies.
Archer also revealed that while Hunter Biden never explicitly mentioned using his father for specific purposes, he did seek to leverage the Biden family name to benefit his business ventures. He mentioned instances where Hunter would refer to his father’s upcoming travel as part of their advice and thinking.
In terms of Joe Biden’s involvement, Archer confirmed that the President did attend two dinners with Hunter, Burisma associates, and overseas oligarchs. However, he clarified that these dinners did not involve any business-specific discussions. One of the dinners was arranged to celebrate a birthday, while the other was related to the World Food Program USA, which Hunter chaired.
Lastly, Archer dismissed Republican allegations of a $5 million bribery payment made to either Joe or Hunter Biden by Burisma. He claimed to have no knowledge of such payments and suggested that Ukrainian businessmen often exaggerated the amount of bribes they gave. He also denied any information supporting the claim that Hunter Biden influenced Joe Biden’s official vice presidential trip to Ukraine in 2014.
In conclusion, Devon Archer’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee challenges the Republican claims against President Joe Biden regarding his son’s business dealings. The absence of business conversations between Hunter and Joe Biden, the lack of evidence supporting claims of policy alteration or bribery, and the clarification on Joe Biden’s involvement in two Washington dinners all contradict the allegations made by Republicans.