A top Republican is criticizing President Biden for trying to hide his involvement in his son’s business dealings following a new report that the president was involved in at least 24 calls with Hunter’s business associates.
“It’s so disturbing,” House Ways and Means president Jason Smith, R-Mo., said Monday on Fox & Friends.
‘What we have found with the information that comes from the whistleblowers, for example, the WhatsApp message that Apparently, Hunter Biden was sitting next to his father waiting for a phone call from a Chinese foreign business partner and said, “we are here, waiting for your phone call.”
“It shows that, in fact, President Biden not only knew about his son’s business dealings, but he later came back to say that he is not involved in his son’s business dealings.”
‘This is like the [IRS] prominent whistleblowers,’ Smith continued.
Last week, two IRS informants, Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, testified under oath that WhatsApp messages discovered between Hunter and a Chinese energy official appear to be evidence of a “direct contradiction to what President Biden has said about not being involved in Hunter’s foreign business.”
Devon Archer, far left, is seen golfing in the Hamptons with Hunter Biden (far right) and Joe Biden (next to Hunter). Archer is expected to testify about Hunter putting Joe on the phone with clients.
The president’s son was staying at Biden’s Delaware home guest house when he wrote to Communist Party official Henry Zhao on July 30, 2017 on WhatsApp, threatening him to follow his “orders.”
“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled.” Hunter wrote in 2017 based on testimony from IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, published by the Republican Party.
Hunter then said, according to testimony, “Tell the director I’d like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight.”
According to the 2017 conversation, Zang also said that he “wants to pass on his best regards, Jim and VP.”
Hunter’s main business associate, Devon Archer, 48, was subpoenaed on June 12 by the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating Hunter’s dealings and whether he and other Biden family members improperly traded on their connections.
Archer has so far canceled his scheduled depositions three times, but still expects to testify before the committee as soon as this week.
On Sunday, the new york post office reported that Archer is expected to tell the committee that Joe spoke to Hunter’s business associates, including Burisma’s, at least 24 times.
Archer and another business associate, Tony Bobulinski, have said that Joe Biden offered brief greetings and platitudes rather than concrete deals to Hunter’s business partners.
But Archer’s testimony will further challenge the White House’s insistence that Joe Biden was never aware of or involved in his wayward son’s business affairs.
“We look forward to hearing from Devon Archer about all the times he has witnessed Joe Biden meet with Hunter Biden’s business associates abroad when he was vice president, including on speakerphone,” said James Comer, a Kentucky Republican who serves as the committee’s chair.
Joe Biden, who was vice president from 2009 to 2017, spoke to Hunter’s associates about the Ukrainian energy company Burisma in December 2015.
Hunter and Archer were in Dubai, Archer will reportedly testify, and Hunter told other Burisma board members they could speak to his father on the phone.
Hunter connected his father with Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma, and Vadym Pozharskyi, a top Burisma executive, and as they huddled around the phone, Hunter told Joe that Ukrainian businessmen “need our support.”
Archer is also expected to say that Joe Biden only spoke vaguely during the brief call to greet the two businessmen.
Hunter and Joe Biden appear together in April 2016
James Comer, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Jason Smith (right) at the IRS whistleblower hearing
Comer and the committee are interested in the communications because, at the time, Joe Biden was serving as President Barack Obama’s “point person” on Ukraine and US efforts to discourage corruption.
Burisma was under investigation for corruption, and in an email to Hunter and Archer in November 2015, a month before the phone call, Pozharskyi demanded that they use their influence to “shut down” the criminal investigation against Burisma, The New York Post reported.
Archer will also tell the committee, the newspaper said, about a dinner at a restaurant in the French capital, where Hunter took out his phone and called his father, in an attempt to impress potential investors.
Archer will say that Hunter would introduce his father to people over speakerphone on about one in four calls.
At other times, he would talk to his father without telling him that he was using speakerphone, leaving open the possibility that Joe was unaware that his son was exchanging his access.
Joe Biden has been known to talk to his son and grandchildren on a regular basis: Hunter Biden in 2021 told CBS News that they talk every night.
A close associate of Archer told the New York Post that he is testifying about his time working with Hunter because he believes it is his “civic duty.”
Archer was sentenced to one year and one day in prison in February 2022 for defrauding a Native American tribal entity and several investment advisory clients of tens of millions of dollars, in connection with the issuance of $60 million in bonds.
Hunter Biden is seen on the balcony of the White House on July 4 along with first lady Jill and first son Hunter
Archer’s associate said he felt the fraud case was a way to silence him.
He has “nothing to hide, no vengeance to enact, and no one to protect but his family and feels like he’s been handcuffed by the absurdly false [fraud] case to remain silent,” the source told The Post.
“In a forum where you have immunity, you can at least start to tell the truth.”
Last week, IRS whistleblowers Shapley and Ziegler said Hunter Biden had received preferential treatment from the Justice Department.
Hunter agreed to a plea deal for lying on his tax returns. He also settled charges of lying on a gun permit application: he said he did not use drugs, when he has since admitted to his addiction.