A business associate of Hunter Biden scheduled to testify Monday before the House Oversight Committee was asked by the Department of Justice to surrender to begin serving a prison sentence.

The timing of Devon Archer’s scheduled testimony about Hunter Biden’s business dealings and the DOJ’s request has raised eyebrows among some Republicans who suggest it’s more than coincidence.

They view Archer as a significant witness in their ongoing investigation into potential misconduct by the Biden family.

Archer’s 2018 conviction for conspiracy to defraud a Native American tribe has been appealed many times, repeatedly delaying the start of his prison sentence.

Archer was sentenced to a one-year prison term after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction. Despite ongoing appeals, the DOJ has now called for Archer’s attorneys to schedule a date for surrendering to prison.

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer described the timing of the DOJ’s prison request letter as “odd” while asserting his confidence in Archer’s impending testimony.

“I don’t want to put words in Devon Archer’s mouth,” Comer said Sunday on Fox News, “but I’ll say this: He has an opportunity to come tomorrow to the House Oversight Committee and tell the truth.”

Archer’s attorney, however, dismissed the idea that underhanded tactics are being employed to pressure or intimidate his client, according to a CNN report.

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“We are aware of speculation that the Department of Justice’s weekend request to have Mr. Archer report to prison is an attempt by the Biden administration to intimidate him in advance of his meeting with the House Oversight Committee on Monday,” Matthew Schwartz, an attorney for Archer, said in a statement Sunday

“To be clear, Mr. Archer does not agree with that speculation. In any case, Mr. Archer will do what he has planned to do all along, which is to show up on Monday and to honestly answer the questions that are put to him by the Congressional investigators,” Schwartz added.

This drive to investigate Hunter Biden’s business affairs has reportedly gained the support of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

McCarthy has shown willingness to focus on the president, even suggesting the possibility of an impeachment inquiry rather than a pursuit of Biden administration cabinet members.

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