President Joe Biden, agitated by the accusations that he was involved in lucrative international ventures, reiterated the lie that he “never” discussed business with his son Hunter.
Biden yelled at Fox News’ Peter Doocy saying that he asked a ‘lousy question’ concerning the allegations that he was exploited to buy influence while serving as vice president under Barack Obama.
“There’s this testimony now where one of your son’s former business associates is claiming that you were on speaker phone a lot talking business,” Doocy stated to Biden.
Doocy was making reference to Archer’s accusations that Joe had been present or on speakerphone 20 times when Hunter was meeting with colleagues to complete hauling in millions.
“I never talked business,” Biden said in response. “I knew you’d have a lousy question.”
“Why is that a lousy question?” Doocy enquired.
“Because it’s not true,” Biden lied angrily before turning and walking away.
The tense encounter came a few hours after Republicans published new bank statements showing transfers to the Biden family and friends from Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine.
The then-vice president was present at roughly 20 occasions over a ten-year period when Hunter met with colleagues, according to testimony given by Hunter’s former business partner Archer last week to the House Oversight Committee.
While Archer denied having overheard Joe Biden discussing business, he did allege that Hunter would use his dad as a leverage point and that having the vice president talk while the phone was set to speaker was enough to promote the “brand” to foreign business leaders.
‘I can definitively say at particular dinners or meetings, he knew there were business associates,’ Archer said last week in a conversation with Tucker Carlson.
I’m not sure if the call-in was planned or not. However, it was definitely effective because, as Archer continued, “if you’re sitting with a foreign businessperson and you hear the vice president’s voice, that’s prize enough.”
Archer described the discussions by saying, “Sometimes the call was coming in and the speaker would go on.” ‘You understand D.C. right? So the power to have that access in that conversation – it’s not in a scheduled conference call and that’s a part of your family. That’s like the pinnacle of power in D.C.’
He had described the discussions to the committee, saying that ‘If his dad calls him at dinner and he picks up the phone, then there’s a conversation. And the, you know, the conversation is generally about the weather and, you know, what it’s like in Norway or Paris or wherever he may be.’
Hunter Biden oversaw “government regulatory issues” through Rosemont Seneca, the investment and policy advisory company he co-founded with Archer.
Carlson questioned, ‘Did Hunter have regulation expertise?’
Archer remarked that Hunter’s work consisted mainly of knowing who to call and added, “I think he led a team that did.”
The $3.5 million transmitted to Rosemont Seneca by millionaire Yelena Baturina was described in a bank records letter made public by the Oversight Committee on Wednesday. This money was routed through other accounts to which Archer and Hunter had personal access.
Soon later, in 2014, Baturina, the spouse of a former Moscow mayor, attended a dinner with the then-VP Biden, Hunter, and Archer, but she was not one of the Russian oligarchs subject to sanctions because of the conflict in Ukraine.
Records also reveal that one day before Hunter sent the money out to purchase the car, a wire for the precise amount Hunter paid—$142,300—came in. The vice president and oil oligarch Kenes Rakishev dined together at about the same time, according to the wire.
In a third memo regarding the Biden family’s international business dealings, the head of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, produced bank records that allegedly showed Hunter Biden along with his business partners obtained millions in payments from Russian and Kazakhstani oligarchs while his dad, Joe Biden was vice president.
According to the 19-page memo, which includes screenshots of redacted bank records, payments totaling millions of dollars came directly from Kazakhstani oligarch Kenes Rakishev, the Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, and the Ukrainian energy enterprise, Burisma Holdings. The memo also claims that Joe Biden had dinners with Baturina, Rakishev, and a Burisma representative while he was vice president under Barack Obama’s time in office.
“Then-Vice President Biden met—in person, for significant periods of time—with those individuals or their representatives,” according to the memo. “Then-Vice President Biden joined approximately 20 phone calls on speakerphone with Hunter Biden’s foreign business associates and attended dinners with foreign oligarchs who paid huge sums of money to Hunter Biden. Joe Biden, ‘the brand,’ was the only product the Bidens sold.”
The “Third Bank Records Memorandum” comes after two earlier memoranda that connected payments made to Romanian and Chinese organizations with members of the Biden family. According to the committee, the Biden family has already received over $20 million in payments from foreign sources.
Source: The Hill