In an interview with conservative pundit and former Fox News host Tucker Carlson released Wednesday, Archer said he believed that the letter, which has been public for months, was merely intended to be a “nice gesture” toward him as the younger Biden began building out a consulting business that included Burisma as a client, rather than any explicit acknowledgment of a professional relationship.
However, Archer acknowledged that Hunter Biden may have abused that relationship by invoking his father during business meetings in efforts to woo prospective clients, calling it “an abuse of soft power.”
In his interview with Carlson, Archer claimed that his willingness to work with the younger Biden was largely based around his connections to the then-vice president, saying he believed entering into business with him at the time was “a great opportunity for us.”
And Hunter Biden, he said, was not afraid to make the most of those connections, including one incident in which he called his father on speaker phone in the middle of a board meeting.
“I don’t know if it was an orchestrated call or not,” Archer told Carlson. “It certainly was powerful, though. Because, you know, if you’re sitting with a foreign business person and you hear the vice president’s voice, that’s prize enough. I mean, that’s pretty impactful stuff for anyone.
“At the time, I thought I hit the jackpot in finding the regulatory environment or a company that can navigate right to the top. But you know, obviously as time has told, you know, being a little bit too close to the sun ends up burning you.”
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