The walls are closing in on Hunter Biden.
The US attorney from Delaware investigating his cases has been busy subpoenaing his bank statements and calling his ex-girlfriends to testify before a grand jury about his spending sprees.
Devon Archer, his former business partner, best friend and former Yale colleague, faces sentencing on Monday, four years after he was found guilty of a $60 million scheme to defraud one of the most popular Indian tribes. America’s poor.
Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York have recommended to U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams that Archer serve 30 months in prison, as will co-defendant Bevan Cooney.
But yesterday Archer’s lawyer, Matthew Schwartz of Boies Schiller Flexner, asked Judge Abrams for a non-custodial sentence, arguing he had suffered enough.
He “was subjected to pre-trial surveillance for nearly seven years during which he has an unblemished compliance record, lived an otherwise exemplary life and has already suffered greatly from the collateral consequences of his arrest, trial and his condemnation”.
No further punishment is warranted as Archer, a former Abercrombie & Fitch model, has “seen his reputation and career systemically collapsed” and he “and his family have been impacted financially and are currently in severe negative cash”.
Prosecutors shrugged off Archer who cried out in poverty, arguing that he “lived in a multimillion-dollar townhouse in Brooklyn and owned a second residence in the Hamptons, both of which had significant equity Him and his wife [Krista, a doctor] own investment assets worth more than several million dollars…
“In short, while Archer may be living beyond his current means, he nevertheless lives an unquestionably privileged lifestyle and there is nothing in his finances to justify a reduced sentence.”
It will be up to Judge Abrams, an Obama appointee married to Mueller’s special prosecutor, Greg Andres, to show mercy to Archer, 48, on Monday.
She has been kind to him before, when she overturned her initial conviction in November 2019, before her decision was overturned on appeal.
She also granted him permission while on bail to circumnavigate the world to 24 destinations, from Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands to China, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, places where he and Hunter had made business deals leveraging Vice President Joe Biden’s name.
But anything short of a custodial sentence will be considered a political outrage, given Archer’s close ties to the Bidens.
Hunter promised Archer in a 2019 text message that he was “part of one big family – not a sideshow, not abandoned by them even in your darkest moments. This is how Bidens are different, and you are a Biden.
But in a voice memo recorded the previous year and found on his abandoned laptop, Hunter was less optimistic about Archer’s legal troubles.
“My best friend in business, Devon, called me as a witness, without telling me, in a criminal case,” he laments. “I’m talking about a fucking criminal case in which Devon named me as a witness.”
If Archer ends up facing a prison sentence, there’s always a chance he could cooperate with the authorities investigating Hunter’s business dealings in exchange for a reduced sentence.
This prospect must keep Hunter awake at night.
SDNY pointed out in its sentencing brief that Archer currently has a high-paying job, working for former asbestos attorney Jeff Cooper, a longtime Joe Biden donor.
Cooper’s relationship with the Biden family dates back two decades, when he ran one of the nation’s largest asbestos litigation firms, Illinois-based SimmonsCooper.
He began filing multimillion-dollar lawsuits in Delaware in 2005 in association with the Bifferato, Gentilotti & Biden firm of Joe’s late son, Beau Biden, when Joe was a U.S. senator from Delaware and head of the powerful Judiciary Committee of the Senate.
Cooper found the $30 billion asbestos compensation business to be lucrative, thanks in large part to Joe, who used his power to block asbestos litigation reform when a proposed law has reached the Senate floor, as reported by Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations.
When Joe became vice president, Cooper appointed Hunter to the board of his venture capital firm Eudora Global and gave him shares in the company, worth around $80,000 a year. documents on Hunter’s laptop show.
Additionally, Hunter received a “one-time payment” of $300,000 in 2015 from Cooper’s Eudora, according to an email on the laptop of then-Hunter business partner Eric Schwerin.
SimmonsCooper also invested $1 million in investment capital for Hunter and his uncle Jim’s failed 2009 attempt to acquire a hedge fund.
To add to the incestuous nature of Archer’s ties to the Biden family, his current law firm Boies Schiller Flexner previously paid Hunter $216,000 a year for the honorary ‘attorney’ role, and its president is the donor. longtime Joe Biden, David Boies.
Zoe Kestan, 28, a former Pornhub “model” and “lingerie entrepreneur,” is also behind Hunter’s sleepless nights.
She testified for five hours on February 15 before the Delaware grand jury investigating Hunter’s tax affairs and reportedly provided details of his lavish spending. Hunter’s ‘baby mama’, former stripper Lunden Roberts, who sued him for paternity of their now 3-year-old daughter, whom he never acknowledged, also testified last week.
Zoe’s name appears in a Suspicious Activity Report compiled by JPMorgan Chase Bank and obtained by the non-profit research firm Marco Polo.
The bank received a subpoena in May 2019 from the U.S. Attorney in Delaware for transactions involving Hunter, his uncle Jim Biden, and his partners Archer and Schwerin involving the Bank of China.
Hunter and Zoe’s relationship was rocky, messages on the laptop show.
“Zoe is livid,” he texted a friend in May 2018. “My dad is livid. Everyone is berserk. [I] hung out with seriously screwed up homeless people. I am a narcissistic altruist, according to Zoé”.
In another text exchange with a bellhop friend at Chateau Marmont, Hunter says Zoe “really pissed me off” by recording a conversation between him and the bellhop.
“How the hell did she get a tape of the two of us talking. . . why I have to end her – the tape starts with me saying that I need her for her contacts. . . She’s so connected that I didn’t want to cut ties. Because she is really connected.
Connections mean everything in Biden’s world.
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