As much as Democratic officials and members of the mainstream media attempt to ignore the scandal, Hunter Biden’s controversial international business dealings remain the subject of rampant speculation and scrutiny.
The story received an intriguing new wrinkle this week with the conviction of Devon Archer — a friend and former business partner of Hunter Biden — on fraud charges, as reported by Fox News.
Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, has long faced criticism on multiple fronts, notably in connection with his lucrative position as a board member for Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm investigated for corruption.
Archer also sat on the same board and had been the younger Biden’s partner at an investment firm known as Rosemont Seneca, Fox noted.
His prior conviction for financial crimes was recently reinstated by an appeals court and he could soon face sentencing in the case.
Hunter Biden’s connection with Burisma was seen as especially shady by many critics because his father, then the United States vice president, was serving as President Barack Obama’s point man for all matters related to Ukraine.
As for Archer, he was initially convicted in 2018 on charges of conspiracy and securities fraud related to the sale of $60 million in bonds on behalf of the Oglala Sioux tribe, with the proceeds diverted to his own business interests instead of their intended use, according to Fox.
“Abused its discretion”
A district court judge, however, stayed his conviction and ordered a retrial on the premise that evidence against him did not prove he was fully aware of the conspiracy to commit fraud.
When the case reached a three-judge appeals court panel, that decision was overturned based on their determination that Archer “knew at least the general nature and extent of the scheme and intended to bring about its success,” Fox reported.
According to Just the News, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “the weight of the evidence presented at trial did not preponderate heavily against the jury’s verdict,” thus “the district court abused its discretion in vacating the judgment and granting a new trial.”
Naturally, Archer’s attorney was displeased. As Politico noted, Matthew Schwartz claimed the latest order “second-guesses” the earlier judge’s ruling “without having sat through the evidence and listened to the witnesses.”
While Biden is not directly tied to these charges, his one-time associate’s reinforced conviction with just weeks left before Election Day could play to the disadvantage of his father’s campaign.