Another bad blow for a Hunter Biden partner came down as other associates waited on deck for their turn under the congressional microscope.
President Joe Biden’s son hasn’t been alone in confronting his past of late amid federal indictments in Delaware and California for alleged firearm offenses and tax evasion. Monday, the Supreme Court denied certiorari for Devon Archer as the first son’s former business partner continued his effort to remain out of prison for defrauding a Native American tribe.
The order list released Monday included the denial to hear the appeal in Archer v. United States who had been convicted of defrauding the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe in 2018, and then re-convicted in 2020.
Initially, a federal grand jury in New York had sentenced Archer, who co-founded the Chinese investment firm BHR Partners with Biden and served with him on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, to one year and one day in prison in June 2018 for issuing and selling over $60 million in fraudulent tribal bonds.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had reinstated the conviction of Archer in 2020 after U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams had it overturned in Nov. 2018, contending the evidence presented did not show Archer “knew that the bond issue was fraudulent, or that he received any personal benefit from it,” records showed.
As one business associate drew closer to serving prison time in a case unrelated to Hunter Biden’s foreign deals, others were preparing to sit for depositions before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and House Judiciary Committee.
Ahead of Biden’s own scheduled deposition slated for Feb. 28, Fox News reported on a slew of closed-door sit-downs taking place over the next couple of weeks that would kick off with Mervyn Yan on Thursday.
Having worked with Biden in both the Chinese energy company CEFC and Hudson West III.
Mervyn Yan worked with Biden through CEFC and Hudson West III, an LLC co-owned by the latter’s Owasco and the former’s Coldharbour before it was dissolved in Nov. 2018. He was expected to sit before both committees for their investigative probe on Thursday.
The following day, Rob Walker, whose business ventures benefitted Biden family members that including Hallie Biden and Sara Biden by more than $1 million, according to subpoenaed financial records, would have his turn before the committees.
Meant to partner with CEFC, Walker had worked on the joint venture Sinohawk Holdings and a Walker LLC account had disbursed over $1 million to the accounts of Hunter, Hallie and another Biden. Citing a 2017 email obtained by the Senate Finance Committee, the associate had considered himself a “surrogate” to Hunter as well as his uncle, President Joe Biden’s brother, Jim Biden on matters of “gauging [business] opportunities.”
Additionally, the committees are slated to hear from associates Eric Schwerin on Jan. 30 and Tony Bobulinski on Feb. 5, ahead of other depositions related to the probe.
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