Hunter Biden’s former business partner has confirmed under oath before the House Oversight Committee that then-Vice President Joe Biden did indeed attend the spring 2015 dinner with his son Hunter’s foreign business associates.
Biden and his campaign has consistently denied Biden was there.
Archer told the committee that Joe “had dinner” with him and others including “Vadym P. from Burisma.”
Why did Biden travel to Ukraine on the occasion referenced in this video clip? Was it to leverage $1 billion in U.S. taxpayer funding to secure the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the oligarch paying Hunter millions of dollars—to make the investigation go away? https://t.co/wrhHMp1hFR
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The initial report of the dinner was reported by the New York Post in 2020. At the time Andrew Bates, now White House spokesperson, told Politico he “reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time, and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”
From Fox News:
That same Politico article, which centered around Biden’s campaign “punching back” against the Post’s story, other top Biden advisers flatly rejected that Biden met the Burisma executive. Michael Carpenter, who worked for Biden during the alleged encounter and was being paid more $200,000 at the Penn Biden Center, chalked it up as a Russian disinformation campaign.
“This is a Russian disinformation operation,” said Carpenter, who now acts as the U.S. permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. “I’m very comfortable saying that.”
The Washington Post also has egg on its face when it “fact-checked” the claim in 2021.
“A campaign spokesman for Joe Biden had said a review of Biden’s schedule for that day found no record of any such meeting. Officials who worked for him in 2015 also told The Fact Checker that no such meeting took place,” the Washington Post piece wrote.
The dinner that Archer was referencing took place in Washington DC’s upscale restaurant Cafe Milano in 2015. It was discovered after Burisma board adviser Vadym Pozharskyi wrote Hunter to thank him for the dinner and the access to meet his father.
“That dinner was — I think we went over it before, but it was Vadym, Hunter, Joe, myself, Karim Massimov, a Greek Orthodox priest, maybe someone from World Food Programme,” Archer said.
“And what did Joe do at that dinner? Did he have dinner? How long was he there?” the congressional investigator asked Archer.
“He had dinner. He had dinner,” Archer responded. “And there was — on that one, I believe the first one was, like, a birthday dinner, and then the second was — I think we were supposed to talk about the World Food Programme. So, there was some talk about that.”
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