House Republicans urge return to DC after DOJ requests Devon Archer's surrender
House Republicans are calling for an emergency hearing after the DOJ asked Hunter Biden's business partner, Devon Archer, to surrender to prison. Archer was scheduled to testify to Congress on the Biden family's foreign business dealings.
A group of House Republicans, including Matt Gaetz, Mike Johnson, Chip Roy, Harriet Hageman, and Dan Bishop, are calling for an emergency hearing in Congress after the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked Hunter Biden's former business partner, Devon Archer, to surrender to prison. The DOJ's request came just before Archer was scheduled to testify before Congress about the Biden family's foreign business dealings and the involvement of President Biden. The Republicans argue that the DOJ's actions amount to obstructing a congressional investigation and are demanding that Archer be present for his testimony. If Archer does not appear, they plan to call Attorney General Merrick Garland to testify.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York sent a letter to Archer on Sunday requesting his surrender in relation to his 2018 felony convictions for defrauding a Native American tribe. Archer's sentence has been repeatedly postponed due to appeals, but the letter does not specifically demand that he go to prison before his testimony. Instead, it asks for a date to begin his jail sentence. The court is not expected to make a decision before Archer's closed-door meeting with the House Oversight Committee.
Despite the DOJ's request, Archer's attorney has stated that his client will still appear for his planned testimony and that the request is not an attempt to prevent him from meeting with House members. The Republicans calling for the emergency hearing believe that the timing of the DOJ's letter is suspicious. Archer's testimony before the House Oversight Committee is scheduled for Monday, July 31 at 9 a.m.