by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Former Hunter Biden business partner and longtime friend Devon Archer’s transcribed interview before the House Oversight Committee on Monday corroborated many of the recent allegations regarding the Biden family’s foreign pay-to-play business. Paramount among them was Archer’s admission that Hunter Biden was “selling the brand,” meaning access to the second most powerful man in the U.S. government on a moment’s notice. Archer reportedly confirmed that Hunter Biden put then-Vice President Joe Biden on speakerphone at least 20 times during meetings with his foreign business associates.
According to a committee press release,“Devon Archer testified that the value of adding Hunter Biden to Burisma’s board was ‘the brand’ and confirmed that then-Vice President Joe Biden was ‘the brand.’ … Archer admitted that ‘Burisma would have gone out of business if the brand had not been attached to it.’”
Joe Biden did not discuss business with these men, Archer told lawmakers. Rather, he shared niceties and spoke about the weather during the calls. But the implication was clear: At the right price, Joe Biden’s influence was for sale.
It was a very good day for the House Republicans. Not so much for the Democrats, who had a far different take. After listening to commentary from Democratic politicians and their legacy media sycophants, one would be forgiven for thinking they’d been transported to an alternate universe.
Freshman Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), who is quickly becoming the Adam Schiff of the Biden influence-peddling scandal, was the lead attorney in the Democrats’ 2019 impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. He spoke to reporters immediately after hearing Archer’s testimony.
“The witness was unequivocal and stated very clearly that they never discussed any business on [those] phone conversations,” Goldman said. “There were niceties. And there was a hello. And [they] talked about the weather or whatever it was, but it was never any business.”