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devon__joe-in-whitehouse_2014As Hunter Biden faces a potential criminal indictment, Devon Archer will make his last bid to avoid jail when his appeal is heard in a courtroom in Lower Manhattan.

As he grows increasingly despondent, friends with knowledge of Hunter’s thinking are telling Archer to accept that the Bidens have thrown him under the bus and that a last-minute presidential pardon has been ruled out.

They have urged him to save himself by using the only currency he has left — his knowledge of the Biden family influence-peddling scheme, for which he had a front-row seat for four years during Joe Biden’s vice presidency.

He famously was photographed (see above) meeting the VP in his White House office weeks before Archer and Hunter joined the board of the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

The appointment of Judge Richard Sullivan on the three-judge panel in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals hearing the case is a cruel blow, says a source close to Archer, because the Trump-appointed judge reinstated his fraud conviction after it had been overturned by District Judge Ronnie Abrams, an Obama appointee who declared “an unwavering concern that Archer is innocent.”

Archer is “caught between two presidents” is how friends perceive his predicament.

Archer, a former Abercrombie & Fitch model, the son of a teacher and a Vietnam veteran from Long Island, won a lacrosse scholarship to Yale. There he befriended John Kerry’s stepson Chris Heinz and Hunter, with whom he launched an investment firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners.


Four years later, Archer’s association with the sons of privilege landed him a one-year, one-month sentence and a $43 million restitution bill over the bonds fraud that he says he did not know was being committed by his co-accused.

He regards himself as a victim of the fraud because he lost his life savings.

Still, unless Judge Sullivan has a change of heart or is outvoted by fellow appeals Judges William J. Nardini, a Trump appointee, and Myrna Pérez, a Biden appointee, Archer, a father of two, will be heading for the big house.

Hunter, who was listed as vice president for Burnham Financial Group, the company through which the fraudulent bonds were issued — and was paid $155,000 in 2015, according to documents on his laptop — never was considered a suspect in the case and has distanced himself from Archer through his legal travails.


In 2019, after Archer complained to Hunter about his legal woes, Hunter assured him he would not be abandoned by the Biden family.

“Every great family is persecuted … you are part of a great family — not a sideshow, not deserted by them even in your darkest moments. That’s the way Bidens are different, and you are a Biden.”

Archer is finding out now what a bald-faced lie that was.  He knows that any presidential pardon forthcoming from the White House is likely to be applied only to Hunter, potentially in the lame-duck period of Joe’s presidency, by which point it will be too late for Archer.

Better start singing now, Devon.


Miranda Devine is a conservative Australian journalist who writes for a number of Down Under publications and the New York Post.