‘Odd:’ Rep. James Comer Questions Timing of DOJ’s Letter Requesting Ex-Hunter Biden Business Partner Report to Prison

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, GOP Representative James Comer of Kentucky, said he believes the Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to obstruct the Republicans’ investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and the alleged involvement of President Joe Biden.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, sent a letter Saturday to Judge Ronnie Abrams asking her to set a time and date for Devon Archer, longtime Hunter Biden business partner, to surrender and begin his one-year prison sentence, days before his testimony on Capitol Hill.

Archer is scheduled to testify Monday behind closed doors about the president’s alleged involvement in his son’s business dealings. He is expected to detail the meetings he witnessed that both Bidens attended — either by telephone or in person. Archer will reportedly testify Hunter would specifically introduce his father to prospective investors or foreign business partners.

Devon Archer was sentenced in February 2022 to one year and one day in prison for defrauding a Native American tribe. He lost a June appeal to overturn his conviction and sentence for conspiracy charges and securities fraud.

Comer said on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” show that the timing of the DOJ’s letter was “odd.”
“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,” said Comer.

“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. It’s very troubling. And I believe that…this is another violation of the law. This is obstruction of justice,” continued Comer.

Archer’s attorney: He plans to “Show up on Monday and to honestly answer the questions”

Archer’s attorney, Matthew Schwartz, told Politico that his client disagrees with the characterization that the DOJ is attempting to intimidate Devon Archer before his scheduled testimony by sending a letter requesting that he report to prison.

“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,” said Schwartz 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,” continued Schwartz.

Rep. Comer told host Maria Bartiromo that Archer has the opportunity to “be a hero” when he testifies in front of Congress.

“He has an opportunity to be a hero, like the two whistleblowers were, like the judge in Delaware was who rejected the sweetheart plea deal from the Department of Justice to Hunter Biden. Devon Archer could be in that category of Americans that just come and tell the truth. That’s all we want,” explained the GOP lawmaker.

“We know that Devon Archer was on the board of Burisma with Hunter Biden. We know that Devon Archer has met and communicated many, many times with Joe Biden about Burisma and other things. So, this is going to be an opportunity for Devon Archer just to tell the truth.”