WASHINGTON — Former Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer is in talks with the House Oversight Committee to testify about his knowledge of the first family’s business dealings in countries including Russia and Ukraine.
Archer, a since-convicted felon, was a central figure in the dealings of President Biden’s family while he was vice president and seems receptive to speaking with committee staff about what he knows, a source told The Post.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) on Monday issued a subpoena for Archer to appear Friday for a deposition, but he will instead be allowed to negotiate a later appearance.
“We are in contact with his attorney to schedule it for another date,” a committee aide said.
An attorney for Archer did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
The White House and Hunter Biden’s legal team also did not immediately respond.
Archer’s one-year prison sentence for defrauding an American Indian tribe was upheld last week by an appeals court. The Biden family was not involved in that scheme.
Archer potentially could flesh out major gaps in knowledge about allegations that Joe and Hunter Biden were given $10 million in bribes by an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
The disgraced businessman joined Burisma’s board in early 2014 alongside the then-second son. Also, Obama White House visitor logs indicate that Archer met with Joe Biden as they joined the company in Ukraine, where the elder Biden led US policy.
Archer also was involved in Hunter Biden’s efforts to help Russian oligarchs, including the billionaire former first lady of Moscow Yelena Baturina, to purchase US property — resulting in an alleged $3.5 million transfer from Baturina that surfaced during the 2020 presidential election.
Hunter Biden and Archer reportedly met with Baturina after that Feb. 14, 2014, transfer — in April 2014 at Lake Como in Italy.
Baturina was invited to and according to an eyewitness attended an April 16, 2015, dinner at Washington’s Cafe Milano restaurant with Vice President Biden.
That dinner also included Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi, according to his thank-you email to Hunter the next day, and a trio of Kazakhstani business reps, two of whom posed for a photo with the Bidens.
In an email at the time to a different associate, Hunter wrote that the meal would be “ostensibly” about his role as chairman of the World Food Program (WFP) USA.
Baturina and another Russian billionaire with whom Hunter Biden shopped properties, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, remain unsanctioned by President Biden amid Russia’s more than year-old invasion of Ukraine.
SOURCE: New york post