The full transcript from Devon Archer's sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee from Monday, July 31, has been released. During that testimony, Archer told Rep. Dan Goldman that Hunter Biden had been placed on the board of directors for Ukrainian energy company Burisma in order to "legally" intimidate people.
During that question period, Goldman asked Archer "So based on everything you saw, heard, and observed, did you have any knowledge of Joe Biden having any involvement with Burisma?"
Archer said that while he did not have "direct" knowledge, it was his view that Burisma would not last were in not for Joe Biden's involvement. "My only thought is that I think Burisma would have gone out of business if it didn't have the brand attached to it. That's my, like, only honest opinion," Archer said. He went on to say that the company was able to survive for as long as it did because Hunter was on the board.
"Just because of the brand," Archer said. The "brand" refers to the Biden name. Speaking with The Post Millennial, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said that the brand was not only Biden, but the vice presidency during Biden's tenure.
"How does that have an impact?" Goldman asked.
"Well, the capabilities to navigate D.C.," Archer said, "that they were able to, you know, basically be in the news cycle. And I think that preserved them from a, you know, from a longevity standpoint. That's like my honest—that's what I—tht's like how I think holistically."
"But how would that work?" Goldman asked.
"Because people would be intimidated to mess with them," Archer replied.
"In what way?" Goldman pressed.
"Legally," Archer said.
Archer also spoke about the meetings during which Joe Biden would call in, or be called. "He put him on speakerphone, again, occassionally. Specifics, like, you know, dinner—you know, dinners occassionally." Archer was asked to describe the dinners, and said "I emember a dinner in Paris with a French energy company that
was—we were speaking to an advisor, and then—we were speaking to. And it was really a Rosemont Seneca Advisors type of—a Rosemont Seneca Advisors kind of a pitch, at the end of the day. And there was a talk, and he said that we're at this—you know, we're at this restaurant in Paris, and he put him on the speaker. So that did happen. There were other people there."
That dinner, specifically, was attended by "myself; Hunter; Eric Schwerin; and then the executives from the French energy company," Archer said.
Another was in "Beijing, at, you know, some restaurant," Archer said, "—or Chengdu or something like I don't remember the—I don't remember specifics. This was just—it was not—t was like a, you know—especially with the time zone difference, there was—you know, there were meetings where his dad would call and he would be talking to him or put him on speaker. I'm not going to—you know, that's—that happened."
Archer said that the conversation at that dinner, with Jonathan Li, was primarily niceties. But it was his contention that getting the vice president on the phone, showing off that kind of access, was what those calls were all about. Archer testified that Hunter Biden would say things like "Hey, guys, my dad's on the phone."
Another call, which Archer revealed during questioning by Rep. Jim Jordan, took place in Dubai. During this impromptu meeting, Hunter Biden was contacted by Burisma's CEO Zlochevsky, who said "We're under pressure. We need to go—we want to talk to Hunter." Hunter called DC, and Archer was "not in the earshot" of that call.
It was only 5 days after that call that Joe Biden "has a trip to the Ukraine, and he makes a statement: 'It's not enough to set up a new anti-corruption bureau and establish a special prosecutor fighting corruption. The Office of the General Prosecutor desperately needs reform." That was in 2015, and Biden withheld $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine until such time as the prosecutor Viktor Shokin was fired.
After leaving the deposition on Tuesday, however, Goldman had downplayed Archer's statements, saying:
"The witness, Mr. Archer, was very clear that Hunter spoke to his father every day. He indicated that he approximated about 20 times over the course of his 10-year business relationship that he had with Mr. Biden, with Hunter Biden, which would be about twice per year, that Hunter would put his father on speakerphone with whomever was at dinner, and there was no indication that he had any idea who was at dinner with them. It was just a ‘say hello, I’m a dinner here’, and there was nothing related to his business dealings."
Archer revealed that Joe Biden had been at dinners with Hunter's business associates, as well as with Russian oligarchs. Those foreign business associates wired funds to Biden's associated businesses.
Archer had confirmed that Joe Biden, as Vice President, had participated via speakerphone in more than 20 of his son Hunter's business meetings. He also noted, separately, that Joe Biden had personally sent him a letter in 2011 after a dinner with Chinese President Hu, stating that he wished he had spent more time talking to Archer.
This despite Biden having repeatedly said that he had no involvement in his son's business dealings.
Archer gave an interview to Tucker Carlson this week, detailing what he knew about the Biden family dealings.
Devon Archer Transcript by The Post Millennial on Scribd
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