Hunter Biden’s former best friend and business partner Devon Archer sat down Monday for a closed-door transcribed testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
According to Fox News senior Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram, Archer testified that Hunter Biden put his then-Vice President father Joe Biden on speakerphone during business meetings over 20 times in order to sell “the brand.”
Archer also testified that Hunter was placed on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma to enhance the “brand,” and that the company would have gone under if it weren’t for the Bidens’ help, according to Pergram.
In December 2015, Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky and executive Vadym Pozharsky put “constant pressure” on Hunter Biden to get help from D.C. regarding the Ukrainian state prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma for corruption.
Archer testified that Hunter Biden stepped away from a meeting along with Zlochevsky and Pozharsky and “called D.C.” to discuss the matter, Pergram reported.
Biden later bragged that he had withheld $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine in order to get Shokin fired.
“Archer testified that Hunter Biden put then-Vice President Joe Biden on the speakerphone during business meetings, over 20 times. Archer testified that Joe Biden was put on the phone to sell ‘the brand,'” Pergram said Monday.
Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) dismissed the importance of Archer’s testimony when speaking to the press Monday afternoon.
“It was clear that it was part of the daily conversations that Hunter Biden had with his father, and it sounded like most of the time now-President Biden didn’t even know who the people he was at dinner [with], he was just asked to say hello,” Rep. Goldman said.
“He described what the weather was, what’s going on on your end — the witness was very, very consistent, that none of those conversations ever had to do with any business dealings or transactions,” Goldman said. “They were purely what he called, casual conversations.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) shared a cut-together video compilation of Joe Biden claiming that he has never spoken to his son about his oversea business dealings.
“Biden lied. Devon Archer just confirmed it,” Rep. Greene said.
Greene told the Daily Caller that the House Oversight Committee is hopeful that another former Biden business partner, Tony Bobulinski, will testify before Congress in September.
“We will have more people coming,” Greene told the Caller. “I’ll give you one that I hope to see on that list that is a name that people know: Tony Bobulinski. I hope we see him in September.”
Greene also confirmed to the Caller that Archer testified that he “heard Hunter Biden speak to Joe Biden more than 20 times about their business deals. Not about anything else, but about the business deals” — which contradicts Rep. Goldman’s claim that Hunter called his father to discuss the weather.
This testimony comes the same day House Republicans announced they would be launching a probe into the “atypical” Hunter Biden plea deal that fell through last Wednesday.
The probe will be overseen by the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Accountability, and will investigate the unusual terms of the pretrial diversion agreement.
“In short, the Department shifted a broad immunity provision, which benefits Mr. Biden,
from the plea agreement to the pretrial diversion agreement apparently to prevent the District Court from being able to scrutinize and reject that immunity provision,” the GOP lawmakers wrote in their letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“And then, the Department has benefitted Mr. Biden by giving up its unilateral ability to bring charges against him if it concludes that he has breached the pretrial diversion agreement,” they wrote.