As former President Donald Trump prepared to be arraigned Tuesday morning in a federal courthouse in Miami to face charges of mishandling classified documents, House Republicans were making moves of their own against Team Biden.
The House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena to Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Devon Archer, demanding that he sit for a deposition this week.
The development comes amid the committee’s ongoing inquiry into the business activities of the Biden family.
Recently, the committee obtained access to an FBI document that purportedly outlines a quid pro quo arrangement, involving a payment of $5 million to then-Vice President Biden, aimed at pressuring the removal of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
Shokin was investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden held a board position despite lacking relevant qualifications.
House Republicans directed their focus towards Archer on Monday, who had previously worked alongside Hunter Biden at the Rosemont Seneca Partners investment firm and later joined him on the board of Burisma.
Chair of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer (R-KY), addressed a letter to Archer’s attorney claiming he had played a substantial role in the Biden family’s business ventures abroad, including countries like China, Russia, and Ukraine.
“Additionally, while undertaking these ventures with the Biden family, your client met with then-Vice President Biden on multiple occasions, including in the White House,” wrote Comer.
BREAKING:🚨@JamesComer subpoenas Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, for deposition this week
Prior to his arrest, Archer served in 2014 with Hunter on the board of Burisma, a Ukraine-based energy company. Archer was photographed in 2014 playing golf with Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/iLLoqJvwGX
— Wendell Husebø (@WendellHusebo) June 12, 2023
It is widely believed that starting in 2014, Archer played a significant role in assisting Hunter Biden in obtaining his board position at Burisma, coinciding with his father’s tenure as vice president.
Hunter refers to ‘my guys upcoming travels’ in his email to business partner Devon Archer dated April 13, 2014, one week before Joe visited Ukraine as vice president,” the New York Post reported on Sunday.
“It was an uncharacteristically sophisticated email, listing 22 points about Ukraine’s political situation, with detailed analysis of the upcoming election and anticipating an escalation of Russia’s ‘destabilization campaign,'” the Post added.
Archer faced legal consequences in 2018 after being convicted by the Department of Justice for orchestrating a bond-selling scheme that defrauded a Native American tribal entity and other investors of substantial sums of money, totaling tens of millions of dollars.
Although his conviction was initially overturned in the same year, a federal appeals court later reinstated it. Archer recently lost an appeal against this decision, and he is presently awaiting sentencing.