Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, was suspected of smoking crack inside a strip club where he dropped “thousands of dollars” during multiple visits. This took place at the same time he held a seat on the board of a controversial Ukrainian natural-gas company, according to one news outlet.
The incident took place at Archibald’s Gentlemen’s Club in Washington, DC, late last year and it represents the most recent alleged drug use by Biden. He has acknowledged six stints in rehab for alcoholism and addiction that included a crack binge in 2016.
Archibald’s is located about three blocks north of the White House, workers there said Biden was a regular. Two bartenders and a security worker all instantly recognized his photo and one worker identifying him by name.
Ranko Petrovic, a security worker, said Biden would routinely get in a VIP room and drink during his visits.
Although Petrovic said the club “had no issue with him,” former Archibald’s managing partner James Ritter said one visit in late 2018 was marred by a “suspicion of drug use.”
“There was a smell of burning Styrofoam in the VIP room. We told him nothing illegal can go on here,” Ritter said.
“We didn’t see anything illegal. After he was spoken to, the smell stopped.”
“VIP employees suspected it was crack,” he added.
Hunter spent “thousands and thousands of dollars in the Archibald’s VIP rooms,” and paid his bills with “credit cards that didn’t have his name on it.”
The club generally required customers to use credit cards that matched official IDs, but “Hunter was a bit of an exception,” Ritter said.
“Whenever he was in town he came in for two days in a row, disappeared and come back a month later,” Ritter said.
Hunter was a board member of the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma, which reportedly paid him as much as $50,000 a month at the time of the alleged incident.
His role on that board lies at the heart of the ongoing impeachment inquiry against Trump, with Democrats alleging that the president withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in a bid to force an investigation into corruption allegations against Hunter and his dad.
Trump has denied any quid pro quo.
In an interview with ABC News last month, Hunter denied a suggestion that he wasn’t qualified because he “didn’t have any extensive knowledge about natural gas or Ukraine.”
“No, but I think I had as much knowledge as anybody else who was on the board — if not more,” he said.
Hunter has never detailed the extent of the work he did for Burisma, although the New Yorker report said he attended board meetings and energy forums in Europe “once or twice a year.”
In his ABC interview last month, Hunter said he’d “done estimable things and things I regret,” but was now in “probably the best place I’ve ever been in my life.”
His personal lawyer and spokesman, George Mesires, didn’t return requests for comment.
Written by Rich Stevenson
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