Biden’s DOJ does an 11th hour U-turn as it’s forced to clarify it does NOT want to jail


The Justice Department on Sunday told a New York judge they do not wish to see Hunter Biden‘s former business associate imprisoned before he testifies about their schemes.

Devon Archer is due to testify to Congress, behind closed doors, on Monday.

It was suggested that the Justice Department wanted him arrested first, but on Sunday they wrote a letter clarifying that he must be free to testify before any such steps are taken.

The Department of Justice sent a letter to a judge Saturday urging an expedited sentencing for Archer – for an unrelated fraud conviction – in what was seen as a last-minute attempt to stop his testimony. 

Republicans say the move by DOJ was an attempt to ‘intimidate’ Archer, who they view as being central to providing information that is critical to their ongoing investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings.

President Joe Biden was seen sitting under an umbrella whiling away the afternoon on Rehoboth beach in Delaware on Sunday, seemingly without a care in the world, before likely becomes wrapped up in legal trouble brought on by his son

President Joe Biden was seen sitting under an umbrella whiling away the afternoon on Rehoboth beach in Delaware on Sunday, seemingly without a care in the world, before likely becomes wrapped up in legal trouble brought on by his son

Hunter Biden's friend and business partner Devon Archer, 49, is expected to testify Monday before the House Oversight Committee about their businesses. Devon Archer, far left, is seen playing golf in the Hamptons with Hunter (far right) and Joe (next to Hunter)

Hunter Biden’s friend and business partner Devon Archer, 49, is expected to testify Monday before the House Oversight Committee about their businesses. Devon Archer, far left, is seen playing golf in the Hamptons with Hunter (far right) and Joe (next to Hunter)

Top Republican James Comer said Sunday that DOJ’s highly unusual action on a Saturday was an attempt to ‘intimidate’ the witness he says key to getting to the bottom of the president’s son’s shady overseas business deals. 

He said on Fox’s Sunday Morning Futures: ‘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.’ 

Hours later, the Justice Department issued a new letter saying they never intended to see Archer locked up before he testified to Congress. 

Joe Biden on Sunday appeared the picture of calm on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, despite reports that Archer plans to implicate Joe in his son’s foreign business schemes.

Archer is expected to provide details that will challenge the White House’s insistence that Joe Biden never had any knowledge of or involvement in his wayward son’s business affairs. 

A source close to Archer confirmed reports that he is set to testify about meetings he attended with his and Hunter’s foreign business partners, where the First Son allegedly had Joe Biden on speakerphone. 

DailyMail.com reported exclusively this week that Archer is ‘in hiding’ after receiving ‘threats’ leading up to his bombshell testimony. 

But such testimony appeared to be far from the president’s mind who was seen relaxing on the sands in 80 degree sunshine during the 10-day trip to his beach home.

Since taking office, Biden has spent 360 days, some 39 percent of his presidency, on vacation with hundreds of days outside of Washington D.C.

The president and his wife Jill could be seen strolling to the private beach of North Shores which is for residents only and accessible only with a permit.

Biden could be seen carrying a towel over his shoulder together with a reusable shopping bag from a local bookstore. 

Dressed in a navy T-shirt, baseball cap and blue swimming shorts, he walked alongside his wife who was also seen wearing a violet cover-up, white top and baseball cap.

Biden’s staff notes that the presidency follows him wherever he goes, so the president will continue to receive security briefings and have access to aides who join him on the trip. 

Last week, Biden managed to avoid making any new comments about his son’s predicament, after a plea deal that would have had him avoid jail time fell apart under withering questioning by a federal judge. 

As he lazed about on the sands, it appeared as though Joe was leafing through some government papers, while Jill looked to be engrossed in a hardback of sorts. 

As he lazed about on the sands, it appeared as though Joe was leafing through some government papers, while Jill looked to be engrossed in a hardback of sorts

As he lazed about on the sands, it appeared as though Joe was leafing through some government papers, while Jill looked to be engrossed in a hardback of sorts

Such testimony appeared to be far from the president's mind who was seen relaxing on the sands in 80 degree sunshine

Such testimony appeared to be far from the president’s mind who was seen relaxing on the sands in 80 degree sunshine

US Secret Service officers stand watch as President Biden and First Lady Jill sit under an umbrella

US Secret Service officers stand watch as President Biden and First Lady Jill sit under an umbrella 

Biden could be seen carrying a towel over his shoulder together with a reusable shopping bag from a local bookstore

Biden could be seen carrying a towel over his shoulder together with a reusable shopping bag from a local bookstore

U.S. first lady Jill Biden waves as she and U.S. President Joe Biden arrive at the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Sunday

U.S. first lady Jill Biden waves as she and U.S. President Joe Biden arrive at the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Sunday

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk from the beach to their motorcade in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Sunday

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk from the beach to their motorcade in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Sunday

US President Joe Biden waves to a crowd of onlookers as he arrives at his car after spending time on the beach on Rehoboth Beach,

US President Joe Biden waves to a crowd of onlookers as he arrives at his car after spending time on the beach on Rehoboth Beach,

The content may be nothing compared to what the House Oversight Committee will be hearing from Archer on Monday, particularly on ‘whether foreign actors targeted the Bidens and if the president was involved in his family’s business dealings.’ 

Archer’s expected testimony Monday comes after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy indicated this week that he is mulling opening an impeachment inquiry into President Biden for his ‘lies’ about his involvement in Hunter’s dealings.

Archer, 48, was subpoenaed on June 12 by the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating Hunter’s businesses and whether he and other members of the Biden family improperly traded on their connections.

It is unclear the motivation behind Archer’s decision to testify on Monday. He previously cancelled on the committee at least three times in recent weeks. 

Chairman Comer told Fox News’ Larry Kudlow that Archer is appearing before his committee now because after he was subpoenaed, he ‘doesn’t have a whole lot of options.’

He said Republicans planned to hold him in contempt if he did not comply with the subpoena, which doesn’t ‘look good on your resume.’

‘At the end of the day, I think that Archer wants to do the right thing,’ he said. ‘I think he wants to set the record straight and he is going to have an opportunity to do that.’

A close associate of Archer told the New York Post he is testifying about his time working with Hunter because he believes it is his ‘civic duty.’ 

It comes as Archer is also facing legal troubles of his own and is expected to go to prison shortly.

He was sentenced to one year and a day in prison in February 2022 for defrauding a Native American tribal entity and various investment advisory clients of tens of millions of dollars, in connection with the issuance of $60 million in bonds. 

He is on the hook with his co-conspirators for $43.4 million in restitution over the fraud.

Archer’s lawyer confirmed his upcoming meeting with Congress, adding that Archer had previously testified to a federal grand jury about his dealings with the Biden family – likely referring to Delaware prosecutor David Weiss’ criminal investigation into the First Son.

‘Devon Archer believes strongly in the rule of law and the democratic system, and is prepared to answer the Committee’s questions just as he has already answered similar questions from a federal grand jury, the Department of Justice, and several other government agencies in their investigations concerning the Biden family,’ said attorney Matthew Schwartz of Boies Schiller Flexner.

‘There have been many leaks and much speculation about Mr. Archer’s potential statement to the Oversight Committee, but next week, Mr. Archer will get to speak for himself.’

The White House has maintained the president was never ‘in business’ with his son, but the GOP have ramped up their investigation with testimonies from whistleblowers and a slew of other evidence. 

Archer, 48, and Hunter both graduated from Yale and were friends for decades. Hunter has reportedly described Devon as his ‘best friend in business.’

Together they formed Rosemont Seneca Partners back in 2009, along with Christopher Heinz, the son-in-law of former Sen. John Kerry, kicking off a period of international business deals and jet-setting. 

Hunter and Archer both graduated from Yale and were friends for decades. They founded their consultancy together, and Hunter reportedly described Devon as his 'best friend in business.' The friends are pictured in an undated photo

Hunter and Archer both graduated from Yale and were friends for decades. They founded their consultancy together, and Hunter reportedly described Devon as his ‘best friend in business.’ The friends are pictured in an undated photo

Hunter walked into the federal court in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, alongside his 'sugar brother' and lawyer Kevin Morris (left) - who was seen smoking a bong during a visit from the president's son last week

Hunter walked into the federal court in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, alongside his ‘sugar brother’ and lawyer Kevin Morris (left) – who was seen smoking a bong during a visit from the president’s son last week 

First son Hunter Biden had his plea deal collapse in federal court in Wilmington on Wednesday

First son Hunter Biden had his plea deal collapse in federal court in Wilmington on Wednesday

Archer and Hunter Biden each landed lucrative seats on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, despite Hunter not having particular expertise in the field. The firm brought in a reported $11 million through the arrangement, based on information gleaned from Hunter’s infamous laptop.

They were photographed golfing with then-Vice President Biden back in 2014.

Hunter’s ex-business partner is planning to testify to the committee that Hunter used this speakerphone call tactic at least two dozen times, according to a New York Post report published Monday.

One alleged example is after a Burisma board meeting in Dubai on December 4, 2015.

Devon allegedly claims Hunter was with him, Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky, and executive Vadym Pozharskyi at the bar of the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.

Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi allegedly asked Hunter: ‘Can you ring your dad?’

According to the Post report, Hunter called Joe, introduced ‘Nikolai and Vadym’, and told his father they ‘need our support’.

Three days later Joe flew to address the Ukrainian parliament on the ‘poison of cronyism, corruption, and kleptocracy.’

At the time, Zlochevsky was under criminal investigation in Ukraine, and had his assets seized. But in March 2016, after Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was fired.



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