The closed-door testimony Monday of former Hunter Biden business associate Devon Archer has produced evidence implicating President Joe Biden in a bribery scheme in which a foreign company paid his son in return for saving its “brand” from legal peril.
House Oversight Committee chair Rep. James Comer (R-KY) summarized Archer’s testimony in a press statement afterwards:
Devon Archer’s testimony today confirms Joe Biden lied to the American people when he said he had no knowledge about his son’s business dealings and was not involved. Joe Biden was “the brand” that his son sold around the world to enrich the Biden family. 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. 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.
In December 2015, Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma, and Vadym Pozharski, an executive of Burisma, placed constant pressure on Hunter Biden to get help from D.C. regarding the Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. Shokin was investigating Burisma for corruption. Hunter Biden, along with Zlochevsky and Pozharski, “called D.C.” to discuss the matter. Biden, Zlochevsky, and Pozharski stepped away to make the call. This raises concerns that Hunter Biden was in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Archer’s testimony about Shokin confirms the Republican version of events explaining Joe Biden’s bizarre boast in 2018 that he had Shokin fired. Democrats tried to argue, during the 2019 impeachment investigation of then-President Trump, that Shokin was himself corrupt, and that his firing was “the position of the U.S. government and basically the entire global community.” But Trump’s version of events — that because of “Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution” — turns out to have been correct.
This is the “quid pro quo” in the allegation that Joe Biden, through his family, took bribes from foreign companies, using his son as a conduit. Even without an explicit quid pro quo, however, there are also legal grounds for prosecuting bribery based on a so-called “stream of services” over time.
Devon Archer says Joe Biden was on more than 20 of Hunter Biden’s business calls while VP under Obama
Fox News Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram released some details from the transcribed, closed-door testimony of Devon Archer by the House Oversight Committee. While the desposition was ongoing, Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene reported that “Biden lied,” and that Archer had testified that Biden was involved in his son Hunter’s business dealings.
Biden has repeatedly said that he has no knowledge or connection with his son’s deals. Archer arrived at Congress this morning and allegedly debunked that assertion from Biden fully.
Per a source, Archer told Oversight that the reason Hunter Biden got the post with the Burisma board of directors, for which he was paid $83,000 per month by the Ukrainian energy giant, was for “the brand.”
“The argument,” Pergram said, “was that then-Vice President Joe Biden brought the most value to ‘the brand.’ Archer also stated that Burisma would have gone under if not for ‘the brand.'”
He testified that Hunter Biden, along with Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky, “called DC” to get help from then VP Joe Biden “regarding the Ukrainina prosecutor Viktor Shokin.”
Shokin was famously investigating Burisma on corruption charges when Joe Biden swooped in and demanded that he be fired, accusing him of corruption. Burisma CEO Zlochevsky reportedly paid off the Bidens to the tune of $10,000,000 for this service, per a disclosure from an FBI informant.
Joe Biden later bragged about having the prosecutor fired, and said it was over Shokin being corrupt. He did not disclose that his son sat on the board, or that Burisma wanted Shokin fired, yet per Archer, he had been contacted by representatives from the company specifically for that purpose.
Devon Archer Testifies Joe Biden Met with Moscow Mayor’s Wife in Georgetown – Who Wired $3.5 Million to Hunter – And Then Joe Biden Kept Her Off U.S. Sanctions List
LAST YEAR: Karine Jean-Pierre refused to say why Biden didn’t sanction Russian billionaire Elena Baturina — nor if Biden met with her at a Georgetown restaurant in 2015 while he was Vice President.
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met with Russia’s Yelena Baturina who later invested into $40 million into Hunter Biden’s real estate ventures. And she also paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in consulting fees.
Yelena Baturina, the billionaire widow of a corrupt Moscow mayor, was left off of Biden’s Sanctions list.
LAST YEAR: Karine Jean-Pierre refused to say why Biden didn’t sanction Russian billionaire Elena Baturina — nor if Biden met with her in Georgetown while he was VP.
Today, Hunter’s former business partner testified that meeting did, in fact, happen.pic.twitter.com/trzfN9ilMK
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The Daily Mail reported:
Hunter Biden’s real estate company received a $40 million investment from a Russian oligarch, new emails reveal.
The relationship between the president’s son and Yelena Baturina, the billionaire widow of a corrupt Moscow mayor, has already been flagged as alarming by a Senate report after she mysteriously wired $3.5million to a company linked to Hunter.
Baturina’s brother Viktor Baturin told DailyMail.com the money was ‘a payment to enter the American market.’
But DailyMail.com can now reveal that Hunter’s financial relationship with Baturina was far more extensive, with her firm investing $40million in a real estate venture by Hunter’s company Rosemont Realty.
In 2012 Hunter’s firm had a $69.7million plan to invest in 2.15 million sq ft of office space in seven US cities.
Documents outlining the plan said the money came from a mix of investors, including $40million from Inteco Management AG, a Swiss company owned by Baturina.
The Inteco group is a plastics and construction behemoth that made Baturina the richest woman in Russia at the time. She has a current net worth of $1.4 billion according to Forbes.