Hunter Biden doesn’t have the greatest of friends.
The former friend of the president’s son is reportedly going to give testimony to the House Oversight Committee that will contradict what the Biden family has been saying all along – that President Joe Biden meddled directly into his son’s foreign business affairs.
Devon Archer, who was a director for Burisma – the energy company in Ukraine that Hunter Biden was also a director at – plans to say that the president spoke on the phone more than 20 times as Hunter was speaking with his foreign investors or business partners.
The president has said repeatedly that he never spoke with Hunter about his business dealings overseas.
Archer, though, is planning to contradict those statements, according to a report in The New York Times. He plans to tell the Oversight Committee that he was present when Hunter gave the phone to his dad to speak to his foreign business associates.
The Times cited a source who is close to Archer who said the former best friend is planning to testify because of an obligation to his “civic duty.”
The source said:
“[Archer has] nothing to hide, no revenge to enact nor anyone to protect other than his family, and he feels he has been handcuffed by the absurdly bogus [fraud] case into remaining silent. In a forum where he has immunity, he can at least start to speak truth.”
There have been reports that the Archer family has been the target of death threats, as well as warnings not to talk since information came out that he was planning to give testimony to the Oversight Committee.
Republican Representative James Comer of Kentucky, the chair of the Oversight Committee, commented this week about the upcoming testimony, saying:
“We are looking forward very much to hearing from Devon Archer about all the times he has witnessed Joe Biden meeting with Hunter Biden’s overseas business partners when he was vice president, including on speakerphone.”
One such meeting reportedly happened on December 4 of 2015. On that night, both Hunter and Archer were having dinner with the board members of Burisma in Dubai. They were then contacted by Vadym Pozharskyi, a senior executive at Burisma, who told the two that the owner of the company, Mykola Zlochevsky, wanted to speak with Hunter.
Hunter then reportedly called his dad, putting him on speakerphone, and introduced both Zlochevsky and Pozharskyi to him. Hunter then added they “need our support.”
One of the reasons why this call is so alarming – besides the fact that a sitting vice president was getting involved with his son’s overseas private business dealings – is that one of the Ukrainian officials who he was introduced to was alleged to be corrupt.
In September of 2015, Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Ambassador, specifically mentioned Zlochevsky during a speech he was giving in Odessa about corruption.
The reason why the two men needed the Bidens’ support was that the prosecutor general of Ukraine at the time was investigating Burisma, and Hunter wanted his dad to step in and put some pressure on the Ukrainian government.