Biden family associate Devon Archer is cooperating with House Republicans investigating an alleged $10 million bribery payment from a top Ukrainian gas company executive to Joe and Hunter Biden.
News of Archer’s cooperation comes after House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer subpoenaed him on Monday, saying his testimony is ‘essential’ to Republicans’ investigation into the basis of his close ties to Biden family affairs internationally — including in Ukraine — and asked him to appear for deposition by Friday.
A committee aide confirmed to DailyMail.com that the deposition is not taking place today, but the committee is in contact with Archer’s lawyer to have him appear another day.
The payments under investigation – $5 million to Joe and $5 million to Hunter – are reportedly described in an internal FBI form FD-1023 created in 2020 based on information from a well-paid informant from the FBI. A ‘highly credible’ whistleblower has sounded the whistle on the form detailing the alleged total ‘arrangement’ of $10 million for a cash-for-politics exchange with a Burisma Holdings Limited executive.
A source familiar with told DailyMail.com that the Burisma executive said he did not pay the ‘Big Guy’ – referencing Joe Biden – directly, but used so many bank accounts that he would take 10 years to sort them out.
A committee aide confirmed to DailyMail.com that the deposition with Archer (left) is not taking place today, but the committee is in contact with Archer’s lawyer to have him appear another day.
Oversight Chairman James Comer also claimed this week that he would soon obtain bank documents showing the Biden family accepted more than $20 million to $30 million from foreign nationals.
Biden was asked about being referred to the “Big Guy” under form FD-1023 at a White House event on Thursday.
“Why did the Ukrainian informant file call you a Big Guy?” a reporter asked the president.
“Why did you ask such a stupid question?” Biden countered.
Earlier this week, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley said the Burisma executive kept 17 audio recordings of phone calls as an “insurance policy” — 15 on Hunter and two on Joe.
Comer also claimed this week that he would soon get bank statements showing the Biden family had accepted more than $20 million to $30 million from foreign nationals.
“We have more bank records that are going to exceed $10 million this week.” And I think we’ll get $20 million to $30 million,” Comer, R-Ky., told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo.
After a long back-and-forth between the FBI and congressional Republicans, including a threat to hold FBI Director Chris Wray in contempt of Congress, the agency finally allowed a redacted version of Form FD-1023 to be released. consulted by lawmakers in a secure setting last week.
Last month, Comer and his team released a “Second Records Memorandum” that expands on information they received from the subpoena statements as the committee continues its investigation into the Biden family’s business practices.
The memo specifically describes ties to Romanian “influence peddling” and a network of limited liability companies created when Biden was vice president. He also accuses Biden of a “lack of transparency” regarding his family’s receipt of funds from China, which he says is “not true.”
During Biden’s time as vice president, there were 20 intentionally created family member-affiliated businesses with a “complicated corporate structure,” the memo says.
Hunter Biden and his associates, including Rob Walker, formed “at least 15” of these companies, after Biden took over as vice president in 2009.
Several of these entities, including Owasco PC – which Hunter owned – Hudson West III, LLC, Robinson Walker, LLC and Rosemont Seneca Bohai, LLC, accepted funds from foreign companies ranging from $5,000 to $3 million, said the committee.
It is specifically “evidence of influence peddling and a correlation between the work of the Biden family and their business associates,” the Republicans allege, pointing to multiple anti-corruption speeches and meetings with Romanian leaders of then Vice President Biden, engaged between 2014 and 2015.
Biden family associate Devon Archer cooperates with House Republicans
The payments under investigation – $5 million to Joe and $5 million to Hunter – are reportedly described in an internal FBI form FD-1023 created in 2020 based on information from a well-paid informant from the FBI.
The Romanian transactions described in bank documents released by the committee originated in Cyprus – a company controlled by Gabriel Popoviciu, who was then under investigation for criminal corruption in Romania and later convicted of corruption-related offenses .
Between 2015 and 2017, Robinson Walker, LLC received $3 million from Bladon Enterprises Limited – Popoviciu’s Cypriot company – which was then paid out to members of the Biden family for a total sum of over $1 million.
The first payments were received by the LLC just weeks after then-Vice President Biden hosted Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House and they discussed anti-corruption policies.
The Biden family accounts earned $1.038 million from Robinson Walker, LLC in a series of 17 filings, 16 of which were made while Biden was still in the White House. The payments went to associate James Gilliar, Hunter Biden, Hallie Biden, Owasco LLC and an “unknown Biden bank account.”
“It appears from bank records that the Bidens were using Robinson Walker, LLC to conceal that the source of these payments was Popovici,” the memo reads.
According to emails from Hunter’s laptop obtained by DailyMail.com, Popoviciu hired the president’s son in 2016 as part of an influence campaign to persuade anti-corruption prosecutors to cut a deal or to drop the case – all while his father was serving vice president.
The memo “also serves as a response to misinformation,” Republicans say, was circulated by President Biden, congressional Democrats and their allies regarding the China-related findings in an initial memo released last month.
On March 16, Comer released a “First Bank Records Memorandum” detailing a $3 million payment in 2017 received by Biden family associate Rob Walker from a State Energy HK Limited company linked to CEFC China Energy. .
About $1 million of that money was then transferred from Walker to several members of the Biden family — including Hallie Biden — in addition to 15 additional payments.