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 July 31, 2023

Comer criticizes DOJ for the 'odd' timing of a letter requesting that Hunter Biden's business partner report to prison

Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had questions about the movements of the Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning Hunter Biden.

The lawmaker stated over the weekend that he believes the DOJ is attempting to obstruct the Committee's investigation into the Biden family, as a report by the Daily Wire stated.

This after federal prosecutors urged a judge to order one of Hunter Biden's business partners to report to prison ahead of his testimony this week.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York requested a date for Hunter's former business partner Devon Archer to report to prison following his conviction for defrauding a Native American tribe and various investment advisory clients out of tens of millions of dollars.

Archer's sentence has been delayed due to his legal counsel's multiple appeals.

“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.”

Archer, 58, served alongside Hunter Biden as a director of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

On Monday, the former Biden business partner is expected to testify behind closed doors before the House Oversight Committee that Hunter placed then-Vice President Joe Biden on the phone roughly a dozen times while Hunter spoke with foreign business partners or investors.

Judge Abrams is not anticipated to make a decision before Archer testifies, per Politico.

Archer's attorney, Matthew Schwartz, told Politico that there is no relationship between Archer's sentencing and the filing or scheduling of the Justice Department's letter.

“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.”

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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