Some House Republicans ask lawmakers to return from recess after DOJ asks Devon Archer to report to prison ahead of testimony

By Jen Krausz on
 August 1, 2023

Most of Congress is on recess right now, but key GOP House members are asking lawmakers to return early to discuss possible DOJ interference in the Biden family corruption probe after agency officials asked Devon Archer to surrender to prison ahead of testimony he gave this week implicating the president in corruption.

Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Chip Roy (R-TX), Harriet Hageman (R-WY), and Dan Bishop (R-NC) all posted on social media over the weekend that their colleagues should return in light of the DOJ's attempt to obstruct congressional proceedings.

"The DOJ is now actively committing the crime of obstructing a congressional investigation," Gaetz wrote. "If Devon Archer isn't in the witness chair Monday, we better haul every SOB at the DOJ before congress EVERY DAY to make them pay for this."

In fact, Archer did testify before the House Oversight Committee on Monday after his lawyers said he would not surrender to prison until he did.

The letter didn't demand that he immediately go to prison to start a one-year sentence on a previous conviction, only that he "set a date" to do so.

Still, it seemed like suspicious timing, maybe an indirect way to intimidate the witness and keep him from appearing or telling the truth, which is that President Joe Biden spoke to Hunter Biden's foreign business contacts at least 20 times when Archer was present.