Hunter Biden told his friend and business partner Devon Archer they would ‘have the final say’ after Archer said a judge overturned his original conviction in 2018.
In a November 2018 text, reviewed by Fox News DigitalArcher told Hunter Biden that the “judge overturned my conviction today.”
The president’s son replied: ‘Thank god damn it! First good news for far too long my friend. I’m so happy for you. I know it (sic) has been hell, but put it behind you now and take big steps forward.
Archer was linked to the fraudulent issuance and sale of more than $60 million in tribal bonds, but a judge rated at the time Archer failed to show that he “knew the issuance of bonds was fraudulent or that he had taken a personal advantage”.
The conviction was reinstated by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit a month before the 2020 election and Archer was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in February 2022.
Archer is due to testify before lawmakers today, and is expected to speak about President Joe Biden’s interactions with Hunter’s business associates while he was vice president.
Text messages and emails between Devon Archer, Hunter Biden and dozens of business associates spanning a decade will feature as Archer appears before the House Oversight Committee to testify about his business dealings with Hunter.
Devon Archer and Christa Archer attend an event in New York on September 9, 2010
House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (left) makes an opening statement as Republicans accuse the Justice Department of interfering with a year-long investigation into Hunter Biden, during a a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, July 19, 2023
As Hunter Biden assured Archer that they would “have the final say,” Archer replied, “I know. And I mean it. Can I come to you now that I am no longer a criminal!?!’
He continued, “Don’t answer that. Just when and where.
Hunter joked that he liked Archer better as a criminal and set a date.
After abandoning the bond issue in 2018, Archer was again sentenced on February 28, 2022 by the Honorable Ronnie Abrams to one year and one day in prison for the charge of defrauding a Native American tribal entity and various investment advisory clients out of tens of millions of dollars.
Archer was also ordered to forfeit $15,700,513 and return $43,427,436.
Now, a source close to Archer has confirmed reports that he is set to testify about meetings he attended with his foreign business partners and Hunter, where Hunter allegedly asked his father to join the calls.
Archer is expected to provide details that will challenge the White House’s insistence that Joe Biden never had knowledge of or involvement in his wayward son’s business dealings.
But two days before he was due to testify, on July 29, the Justice Department sent a letter to Abrams asking to expedite his sentencing on the fraud charge.
House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer said Sunday the department was acting in an unusual way in doing so.
Comer claimed the Department was apparently acting outside the norm in an attempt to prevent anyone from “cooperating” with House Oversight’s investigation into Hunter Biden.
He claimed the DOJ’s actions were an attempt to “intimidate” key witnesses to get to the bottom of the president’s son’s overseas business cases.
He said in an interview on Fox’s Sunday Morning Futures that it was unusual for the DOJ to send such a letter.
In response, the Justice Department followed suit, telling District Judge Abrams on Sunday that they did not want to see Archer jailed before he testified.
“To be clear, the government is not asking (and has never asked) that the defendant (Archer) surrender before his testimony to Congress,” reads a letter dated July 30.
DailyMail.com exclusively reported this week that Archer was “in hiding” after receiving “threats” ahead of his explosive testimony.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk from the beach to their motorcade in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Sunday, July 30, 2023, as Devon Archer prepares to testify
President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden walks out of the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Delaware, United States, July 26, 2023
A DOJ letter sent to District Judge Abrams asking Archer “to surrender…to begin his jail term,” two days before he was to testify
The White House has maintained that the president never “did business” with his son, but the GOP has stepped up its investigation with testimonies from whistleblowers and a slew of other evidence.
Archer, 48, and Hunter are both Yale graduates and have been friends for decades. Hunter reportedly described Devon as his “best friend in business”.
Together they formed Rosemont Seneca Partners in 2009, along with former Senator John Kerry’s son-in-law Christopher Heinz, launching a period of international business dealings and jet-setting.
Archer and Hunter Biden have each landed lucrative board seats at Ukrainian energy company Burisma, though Hunter has no particular expertise in the field.
The company made $11 million from the arrangement, based on information gleaned from Hunter’s infamous laptop.