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Two Thirds Of Americans Say Joe Biden Broke 'Foreign Agent' Rules By Helping Son Hunter's Business Dealings, A DailyMail.Com/TIPP Poll Shows As Impeachment Net Tightens

Those who followed Devon Archer's testimony found fault with the Bidens.

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Editor's note: This story by James Reinl, based on the Poll, appeared on the DailyMail website.

Americans by wide margins say President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, violated a law against peddling foreign influence, a poll shows, amid swirling allegations about the first family's business dealings.

Fully 63 percent of voters say the president breached the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which obliges people to declare foreign interests, when he served as vice president and his son worked with the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.

Another 29 percent said they did not believe Biden, a Democrat, had broken the rules, and 8 percent were not sure. Republican voters overwhelmingly said Biden had committed wrongdoing, as did 38 percent of Democrats.

The results follow the claims from Hunter's former friend business partner, Devon Archer, about how the first son raked in huge sums by selling his ties to father Joe, in a bombshell congressional testimony and interviews earlier this month.

Those who followed Devon Archer's bombshell testimony found fault with the Bidens

Biden, who was then vice president in the Obama administration, was present in-person during dinner meetings and sat in on at least 20 phone calls with foreign associates, Archer told the House Oversight Committee.

After the testimony, committee chairman James Comer, a Republican, said Archer's revelations marked a 'huge step toward implicating Joe Biden' in violating FARA by assisting Hunter's dealings with Burisma, where he served on the board.

Biden this week insisted he 'never talked business' with Hunter or his associates.

Our poll survey of 542 US adults earlier this month focussed only on people who followed Archer's testimony.

Those respondents were even more persuaded of wrongdoing by the president's son.

Fully 69 percent said Hunter had broken FARA rules by representing a Chinese energy company without registering as a foreign agent.

Another 18 percent said the younger Biden had not violated FARA, and 13 percent were not sure.

Republicans overwhelmingly found fault with Hunter, as did nearly half of Democrats.

Comer on Thursday raised the stakes on the Bidens again, saying his committee will subpoena members of the family to testify about their business dealings.

'This was always gonna end with the Bidens coming in front of the committee. We are going to subpoena the family,' Comer told Fox Business.

'We know that this is going to end up in court when we subpoena the Bidens.'

Speaker Kevin McCarthy has floated the idea of launching an impeachment inquiry to give greater weight to congressional subpoena power of the Biden investigations.

In his testimony and interviews, Archer did not claim to have ever heard Joe Biden discussing business but said Hunter would use his father as a flex.

Hunter Biden's former friend and business partner Devon Archer blew the whistle on how Joe helped his son. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Those who kept tabs on Archer's testimony were even more convinced that Hunter fell afoul of 'foreign agent' rules
Even 38 percent of supporters of President Biden's own Democratic Party saw wrongdoing

Hearing the voice of the vice president on speed dial was enough to sell the 'brand' to foreign executives, he said.

'I can definitively say at particular dinners or meetings, he knew there were business associates,' Archer told Fox News' Tucker Carlson last week in an interview following his testimony.

'I don't know if it was an orchestrated call-in or not. It certainly was powerful, though, because, you know, if you're sitting with a foreign businessperson, and you hear the vice president's voice, that's prize enough,' Archer went on.

'Sometimes it was the call was coming in and the speaker would go on,' Archer said, detailing the conversations.

'You understand DC, right? So the power to have that access in that conversation - it's not in a scheduled conference call and that's a part of your family. That's like the pinnacle of power in DC.'

Comer claims to have found records detailing over $20 million in payments to the Biden family and their partners from foreign business leaders around the time Joe was vice president.

Weeks ago Hunter Biden's plea deal for tax and gun crimes blew up when a judge informed him he would not be shielded from future charges, specifically mentioning a violation of FARA, or failing to register as a foreign agent.

FARA was enacted in 1938 to counter Nazi propaganda.

It requires foreign lobbyists to register with the Justice Department. Prosecutors brought a handful of FARA cases in the postwar era, but stepped up cases in 2019 to counter rising Russian interference.

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Source: Washington Post