By Steven Richards
After Hunter Biden’s long-term business partner and associate Devon Archer was interviewed by congressional investigators about the Biden family’s alleged influence peddling scheme, Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) told the media that Archer confirmed that Hunter Biden sold “the illusion of access” to his father, then-Vice President Biden.
Evidence shows Hunter Biden, in fact, provided real access to his father for his business partners, despite the president having claimed repeatedly that “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
Here are several instances in which Hunter Biden provided direct access to the vice president for his business partners and associates:
Jonathan Li Meets with vice president Biden in Beijing
Hunter Biden acknowledged to the The New Yorker magazine that in December 2013 he introduced then-Vice President Biden to his business associate, Jonathan Li, in the lobby of the hotel in which they were staying during an official visit to Beijing.
“How do I go to Beijing, halfway around the world, and not see them for a cup of coffee?” Biden told the magazine, referring to his business partners.
Li is a Chinese businessman who ran the firm Bohai Capital. At the time of then-Vice President Biden’s visit to China, Li and Hunter Biden were already working on forming a new investment company that brought together Chinese capital with Hunter Biden’s existing business enterprises.
Before the trip to Beijing, Li, Archer and Hunter Biden signed a memorandum of understanding to form a company named BHR Partners. Twelve days after the trip and the meeting with the vice president, BHR Partners was officially registered in China, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The New York Times reported the firm had “helped secure cobalt for the Chinese” in 2016, when Hunter Biden’s father was still vice president.
Archer would later testify to another instance in which Li was given access to Vice President Biden by phone.
Archer told congressional investigators that he remembered another time in which Hunter Biden called his father while the partners were at a dinner in Beijing.
“Do you recall other times where Hunter Biden placed his dad on speakerphone?” investigators asked Archer.
Archer told them: “In you know, a dinner – a dinner in – with BHR, with Jonathan Li.”
However, Archer testified then-Vice President Biden never spoke about the business with Hunter Biden’s partners when they were on the phone within Archer’s earshot, including in the aforementioned meeting.
The Alemán Family Visits the White House
Miguel Alemán Velasco and son Miguel Alemán Magnani Jr. – descendants of a former Mexican president – both visited the White House in February 2014, according to White House visitor logs released by the Obama administration and news reports.
Velasco is a former senator and governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz and is an industrialist with ties to broadcast and aviation companies.
His company Interjet was forced into bankruptcy after Velasco was held liable in 2022 by a Mexican court to pay 689.3 million pesos ($739,891,173 USD) for unpaid taxes.
His son, Magnani, is as of 2021, living in exile in France to avoid the execution of an arrest warrant issued by Mexican authorities on tax fraud charges, according to Bloomberg News.
Hunter Biden worked closely with the Alemán family from 2014 to 2016, attempting to drum up business ventures in Mexico that would include roles for the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holding Ltd., on whose board he served.
Joe Biden was captured on camera giving them a tour of the White House Brady Press Briefing room, shown in photographs published by The Daily Mail. The photo memorialized the meeting with the Alemáns, Hunter Biden, the vice president and Jeff Cooper, a friend of Hunter Biden who was involved in the proposed business deals in Mexico.
“Do you have pictures from the lunch I had in dad’s office (I think on 2/26) with Miguel Alleman [sic] Sr. And Jr. And Jeff Cooper?” Hunter Biden asked his father’s official White House photographer in an email obtained from his abandoned laptop.
According to an email from his laptop, Hunter Biden also arranged a meeting for Alemán Jr. with Obama-Biden administration Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Alemán was the CEO of Interjet, the airline his father owned.
The biggest endeavor came with the proposed privatization of PEMEX, the Mexican state-owned oil company.
Archer, Hunter Biden and the Alemán family saw a business opportunity that would bring in some of Biden’s other contacts.
Hunter Biden wrote a detailed business proposal to his partners in a January 2015 email outlining a plan for the privatization of the company. He also sought to bring together Burisma, on whose board he and Archer served – and the Alemán group to jointly acquire PEMEX.
Though the Alemán family received access to the vice president, the deal didn’t happen.
During his last visit to Mexico City aboard Air Force Two with his father, Hunter Biden wrote to Miguel Alemán Jr. detailing his frustrations with the Alemán family and signaling that the relationship had become strenuous, according to an email obtained from his laptop.
After complaining that the family had been ignoring him, Biden says: “And I really appreciate you letting me stay at your resort villa … but I have brought every single person you have ever asked me to bring to the F’ing White House and the Vice President’s house and the inauguration and then you go completely silent – I don’t hear from you for months.”
He also wrote: “I don’t know what it is that I did but I’d like to know why I’ve delivered on every single thing you’ve ever asked.”
Though nothing ever came of the privatization deal, Hunter Biden provided access to his father in an attempt to grease the wheels of his dealings with the Alemán family, then complained about getting nothing in return.
Vadim Pozharksyi: Dinner and Phone Calls with the Vice President
As Just the News previously reported, then-Vice President Biden attended an April 2015 dinner that his son hosted at Café Milano that Burisma executive Vadim Pozharskyi attended, according to Archer’s testimony and an email from the Hunter Biden laptop, which he abandoned at a Delaware repair shop in 2019 and the content of which eventually was eventually made public.
President Biden’s then-campaign senior adviser, now-Secretary of State Antony Blinken “played a role in the inception” in 2020 of a widely disseminated letter signed by 51 current and past intelligence officials claiming the Hunter Biden laptop was not to be given credence, being part of a “Russian disinformation campaign.” Hunter Biden later denied knowing if the laptop was even his.
After the “Russian disinformation” narrative fell apart, in an remarkable about face in March of this year, not only did Hunter Biden claim that the laptop was legitimate and was indeed his, but even sued the repair shop owner for “trying to invade his privacy and wrongfully sharing his personal data for political purposes” according to CNN.
Hunter Biden was making $1 million a year in fees from Burisma at the time for his service on the board.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent (sic) some time together,” Pozharskyi wrote Biden in an email following the dinner meeting. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
Archer confirmed Pozharskyi’s presence at this meeting, in his testimony to Congress this summer.
Archer also testified to a phone call that Pozharskyi and Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky requested from Hunter Biden.