(LifeSiteNews) — Populist pundit Tucker Carlson released the second portion of his in-depth interview with presidential son Hunter Biden’s former business associate Devon Archer Friday, delving into details of the Biden family’s business dealings in which the mainstream media has shown little interest.
As a former colleague and friend of Hunter, the son of former Vice President and current President Joe Biden, Republicans see Archer as a crucial witness in their investigation into allegations that the Biden family engaged in corrupt business dealings exploiting his position as the number-two figure in the Obama administration.
On Monday, Archer reportedly told lawmakers during a lengthy private interview that Joe Biden was placed on speakerphone during Hunter’s business meetings on some 20 occasions, but stopped short of saying that the elder Biden talked about business or that he made any policy decisions in light of his son’s business dealings.
In Part 1 of Carlson’s interview, released Wednesday, Archer said the then-vice president’s participation in the calls seemed like “an abuse of soft power.” He explained that the arrangement was predicated on “provid[ing] the government insight and an additional network to raise capital and then deal with regulatory issues that you might have at the corporate level,” which meant “selling access” to high-level political figures who can help navigate the world of lobbying and federal regulation to “get things put to the front of the line.”
In Part 2 of the interview, Archer called it “categorically false” to claim that the elder Biden had no knowledge of his son’s business dealings, saying that he was “aware of Hunter’s business, he met with Hunter’s business partners,” and even wrote a letter in 2011 that “illustrated he knew me.”
Joe and Hunter “have a great relationship, father and son. They speak everyday, and I witnessed that for 10 years,” Archer said.
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In the letter, the former vice president apologized “for not getting a chance to talk to you at the luncheon yesterday,” explaining that he had been occupied with then President of China Hu Jintao. “I hope I get a chance to see you again soon with Hunter,” Biden wrote. “I hope you enjoyed the lunch. Thanks for coming. … Happy you guys are together.”
The interview also touched on Biden’s infamous boast as vice president to have facilitated the firing of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who had been investigating Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings by threatening to withhold a billion-dollar loan from the U.S. to Ukraine. Defenders claim the move was about Shokin not prosecuting corruption aggressively enough, but critics suggest it was about Shokin potentially getting too close to Burisma, on whose board Burisma sat despite lacking any professional qualifications in the energy industry. Archer was on the board as well.
“Shokin was considered a threat to the business,” Archer told Carlson. “I think anyone in government is always a threat and always trying to shake down these businesses that were highly successful and enriching the owners and the staff and the board. And so at the end of the day, Shokin was taking a look.”
“And again, I wasn’t involved in Shokin or any of this, but he was a threat, he ended up seizing assets of Nikolai [Zlochevsky, owner of Burisma],” he continued. “House, some cars, a couple of properties. And Nikolai actually never went back to Ukraine after Shokin seized all of his assets. And the case was – I mean – obviously this, it’s all out there. And the case was that Shokin, there was all this pressure to fire Shokin from this, you know, the larger community. And then he was fired and then somehow Burisma was let off the hook. I mean, that’s what the story was.”
In June, members of Congress reviewed an FBI informant file alleging that in June 2020 the future president accepted a $5 million bribe from a Burisma executive, and reportedly corroborating that the elder Biden was indeed the “big guy” repeatedly referred to in business correspondents found on Hunter’s laptop.
Additionally, Archer shed some light on Hunter’s well-known personal struggle with drug addiction, describing him as “sober” early on in their association, but adding that the 2015 death of his brother Beau Biden from brain cancer took a toll on him “mentally,” causing a “downward spiral” in his behavior that contributed to “less effective business decisions.” He added, however, that Hunter made “made a lot of efforts to repair and go to rehab and get better.”
Upon narrowly retaking the U.S. House of Representatives in last year’s midterm elections, Republicans named investigating the Biden family as one of their priorities. Critics accuse the U.S. Justice Department of a politically-motivated double standard for not pursuing alleged Biden family crimes while indicting former President Donald Trump, who is currently seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Biden for president, on charges of stonewalling investigators over his post-presidency retention of classified documents.