On Monday, the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena to Devon Archer, a key business and personal associate of the Biden family. As a former business partner to Hunter Biden, Archer expected testimony contributes to an intensifying conversation on the involvement of the Biden family in legally questionable international business dealings.
Archer’s connection to the Bidens is deeply intertwined. He served alongside Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma, a Ukraine-based energy company. The company is currently in the spotlight of bribery investigations led by the House Oversight Committee. Archer was once photographed playing golf with then-Vice President Joe Biden in Southampton, New York, which stirred questions about Joe Biden’s knowledge of his son’s business activities abroad.
NEW: @RepJamesComer house GOP oversight issues subpoena for former Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer for deposition this week. No immediate comment Archer’s attorney. pic.twitter.com/LHfQ2129Tc
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) June 12, 2023
According to the House Oversight Committee, “Mr. Archer’s testimony is critical to the Committee’s investigation as he was Hunter Biden’s business partner in several transactions involving foreign nationals and foreign companies.” This emphasis on Archer’s role gives insight into the crux of the committee’s inquiries.
Beyond his ties to the Bidens and Burisma, Archer has a notable legal history. Last year, he was convicted of defrauding a Native American tribal entity and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He was also ordered to pay over $43 million in restitution.
The subpoena arrived amid inquiries by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) into the FBI’s redaction of certain parts of an informant interview. The interview hinted at a foreign national, believed to be the Burisma CEO, having audio recordings of calls with Hunter Biden and Joe Biden personally.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) is looking into Devon Archer’s financial records, particularly those of Rosemont Seneca Thornton. This company, linked to Archer and Hunter Biden, reportedly received an unexplained $3.5 million wire transfer from Russia’s richest woman, Elena Baturina, in 2014.
Having reviewed both public reporting and information at their disposal, the committee noted Archer’s significant role in the Bidens’ business dealings abroad. According to Comer’s letter to Archer’s attorney, “Mr. Archer was Hunter Biden’s business partner in a number of transactions involving foreign nationals and foreign companies. He has significant information regarding the purpose of these companies and knowledge of relevant documents related to the Committee’s investigation.”