After federal prosecutors requested that a judge order one of Hunter Biden’s business partners to report to prison as he prepares to testify this week, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) stated over the weekend that he believes the Department of Justice is attempting to obstruct the Committee’s investigation into the Biden family.
After a jury found Devon Archer guilty of defrauding a Native American tribe and numerous investment advisory clients of tens of millions of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York asked U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams to set a date for Archer to report to prison.
Archer’s sentence has been postponed due to several appeals from his legal counsel.
“It’s odd that it was issued on a Saturday, and it’s odd that it’s right before he’s scheduled to come in to have an opportunity to speak in front of the House Oversight Committee and tell the American people the truth about what really went on with Burisma,” he said.
“The lengths to which the Biden legal team has gone to try to intimidate our witnesses, to coordinate with the Department of Justice, and to certainly coordinate with the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee to encourage people not to cooperate with our investigation, to encourage banks not to turn over bank records, to encourage Treasury not to let us have access to those suspicious activity reports,” Comer continued. “It’s very troubling. And I believe that…this is another violation of the law. This is obstruction of justice.”
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In a closed-door hearing on Monday before the House Oversight Committee, Archer, 58, a director of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma alongside Hunter Biden, is anticipated to say that Hunter put then-Vice President Joe Biden on the phone about two dozen times as Hunter spoke to his foreign business partners or investors. Judge Abrams is not anticipated to reach a ruling prior to Archer’s testimony, according to Politico.
According to Matthew Schwartz, an attorney for Archer, the Justice Department’s letter and Archer’s punishment were not filed nor timed at the same time.
“We are aware of speculation that the Department of Justice’s weekend request to have Mr. Archer report to prison is an attempt by the Biden administration to intimidate him in advance of his meeting with the House Oversight Committee,” Schwartz said in a statement. “To be clear, Mr. Archer does not agree with that speculation. In any case, Mr. Archer will do what he has planned to do all along, which is to show up on Monday and to honestly answer the questions that are put to him by the Congressional investigators.”