Former Hunter Biden associate Devon Archer appeared before a congressional panel on Monday for a closed-door interview, where Republican lawmakers sought information regarding unproven allegations against President Joe Biden and his family.
The House of Representatives Oversight Committee had subpoenaed Archer in June, and his testimony was eagerly anticipated by allies of former President Donald Trump, who are calling for an impeachment inquiry against President Biden.
House Republicans have long alleged that Hunter Biden utilized his father’s position as vice president to engage in an influence-peddling scheme while serving on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma nearly a decade ago. They hope Archer’s testimony will provide evidence of direct involvement by the president in his son’s alleged dealings.
The Burisma matter played a central role in Trump’s 2019 impeachment, as he was accused of pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens to gain an advantage in the re-election. However, a Republican-majority Senate eventually acquitted Trump.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the committee, criticized the Republican investigation of the Bidens last week, stating that it has concealed key evidence and promoted a “false and distorted narrative” without producing any evidence of wrongdoing.
Furthermore, claims of Biden wrongdoing in Ukraine have been refuted by former Trump insider Lev Parnas, who was involved in Giuliani’s efforts to find damaging information about the Bidens in Ukraine.
Nonetheless, House Republicans remain undeterred. Committee Chairman James Comer claimed that Devon Archer had numerous meetings and communications with Joe Biden concerning Burisma and other matters.
In addition to Archer’s testimony, the House Oversight Committee also heard from two Internal Revenue Service whistleblowers who asserted that their investigation of Hunter Biden was hindered by the U.S. Justice Department. House Republicans view this as evidence of political influence to ensure favorable treatment for the president’s son.
Hunter Biden’s recent court appearance raised further questions. It was expected that he would plead guilty to two tax charges and avoid a gun charge, but the judge rejected the plea agreement with prosecutors.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a warning last week, indicating that Republicans might initiate an impeachment inquiry against President Biden if federal agencies fail to cooperate with oversight committees investigating his administration and family’s business dealings.
Some Republicans dismissed McCarthy’s warning, considering it as an attempt to rally the House majority behind appropriations bills in preparation for a spending showdown with the Democrat-led Senate.