The U.S. Attorney Damian Williams filed a letter to the presiding judge over Devon Archer’s criminal trial stating that the Department of Justice is not requesting Archer to surrender to prison.
Archer, one of Hunter Biden’s close business associates, is set to testify before Congress on Monday. However, news broke over the weekend that the Justice Department urged a judge to order Archer to report to prison.
Update: The weaponized DOJ now “clarifies” they won’t try to prevent Devon Archer from testifying tomorrow. Witness intimidation & obstruction? Nah, nothing to see here. pic.twitter.com/tHQ6ueFfZs
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) July 31, 2023
In a late Sunday evening letter to the U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams, Williams clarified that the government does not intend to request that [Archer] surrender before his Congressional testimony.
“The Government understands that the defendant is scheduled to provide testimony to Congress tomorrow, July 31, 2023,” Williams wrote in his letter. “To be clear, the government does not request (and has never requested) that the defendant surrender before his Congressional testimony. As the court knows, to surrender and commence his sentence of imprisonment, the defendant first must be designated to a federal facility by the Bureau of Prisons-a process that can take several weeks or months after the court sets a surrender date.”
Williams maintained that any surrender date should be court-ordered and scheduled after Archer’s testimony before Congress.
Williams’ letter comes after House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) accused the DOJ of trying to obstruct his committee’s investigation into the Bidens.
“The lengths to which the Biden legal team has gone to try to intimidate our witnesses, to coordinate with the Department of Justice, and to certainly coordinate with the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee to encourage people not to cooperate with our investigation, to encourage banks not to turn over bank records, to encourage Treasury not to let us have access to those suspicious activity reports,” Comer continued. “It’s very troubling. And I believe that…this is another violation of the law. This is obstruction of justice.”
— SundayMorningFutures (@SundayFutures) July 30, 2023
Archer, 58, worked with Hunter Biden on the Ukrainian energy company Burisma’s board. The 58-year-old’s expected testimony will place President Joe Biden in the middle of his son’s corrupt foreign deal.
Archer will tell Congress on Monday that Joe Biden, then-vice president, joined his son for meetings with two Burisma executives and other foreign associates. Archer’s testimony will show that the president attended those meetings by phone or in person.