Witness list includes convicted fraudster Devin Archer, who sat on Burisma board of directors with Hunter
The mother of Hunter Biden’s four-year-old daughter plans to call his shady business partners and the art dealer who sold his paintings to testify in the Biden Arkansas child support dispute if it goes to trial, according to court records filed on Wednesday.
Several of Biden’s business associates appear on the list of witnesses whom Lunden Alexis Roberts plans to have appear in court, including convicted fraudster Devon Archer, who notably served with Hunter Biden on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Also on the list of witnesses are close confidant Eric Schwerin, financial adviser Edward Prewitt, and New York City art gallery owner Georges Bergès.
The court filing indicates that Roberts’s legal team has its sights trained on Biden’s controversial business dealings. If the case goes to trial, public testimony from Biden’s associates could shed new light on his financial activities, which are actively being probed by Republican lawmakers. The witness list includes several individuals whom the House Oversight Committee has sought to question as part of its investigation into potential influence-peddling by the Biden family.
Biden is asking the court to reduce his child support payments, saying he can no longer afford the $20,000-per-month settlement to which he agreed shortly after his father announced his presidential run in 2020. The case could go to trial this summer if the parties can’t reach an agreement.
Biden’s lawyers on Wednesday disclosed the list of the potential witnesses as part of an unredacted court filing. Roberts initially submitted the list to Biden’s legal team last month.
The witness list also includes Biden’s former business partner Jeff Cooper; John Robinson “Rob” Walker, who worked with Biden on a joint venture linked to Chinese energy group CEFC; and Devon Archer’s wife, Krista Archer.
Devon Archer, who was convicted last year of defrauding a Native American tribe out of millions, was a longtime business partner of Biden who served with him on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Schwerin, whom Biden once described as a “close confidant and counsel,” helped run Rosemont Seneca Partners, an investment advisory firm cofounded by Biden. Schwerin has reportedly cooperated with House Oversight Committee investigators.
Prewitt was a financial adviser for several of Biden’s companies and has also faced questions from House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer (R., Ky.). Bergès, an art dealer who was once sentenced to jail time for making terrorist threats, handles the sales of Biden’s high-priced paintings to undisclosed buyers.
Also named on the list is Hollywood agent Gabrielle “Gaby” Morgerman, the wife of Biden’s celebrity lawyer and friend Kevin Morris, who has reportedly provided financial support and a car to Biden.
Roberts’s legal team has questioned Biden’s claims of financial struggles, arguing that the first son has retained “some of the most expensive attorneys on planet Earth,” including D.C. superlawyer Abbe Lowell.
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