The New York Post bombshell report on Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic presidential nominee, published on Wednesday, Oct. 14, recalls some old remarks that the former vice president made surrounding his son’s business dealings controversy.
During a campaign event in New Hampton, Iowa, last December, a man ignited Biden’s ire after accusing the former vice president of getting his son Hunter a job on the board of Burisma Holdings, an Ukrainian gas company, without any expertise in the energy field, reported CNBC.
“One, you’re damn near as old as I am. You’re too old for the job. I am 83 and I know damn well I don’t have the mental faculties I did when I was 30 years ago. All right … forget that stuff,” the man said.
“I got a question I want you to answer,” said the man. “We all know Trump has been messing around in Ukraine over there, holding their foreign aid for them to come up saying they’re going to investigate you. We know all about that. He’s no backbone. We know that,” he continued. “But you on the other hand sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company that he had no experience with gas or nothing in order to get access for the president. You’re selling access to the president just like he does …”
“You’re a damn liar, man!” Biden shot back. “That’s not true and no one has ever said that. No one has proved that.”
“No one has said my son has done anything wrong and I did not on any occasion,” Biden said. He then called the man “fat,” and “too old to vote for me.”
The Bidens have come under scrutiny after a video showed the former vice president bragging about using his influence to get Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor general of Ukraine who was investigating Burisma Holdings, fired. Biden is also heard threatening to call back a $1 billion loan from the U.S. government to Ukraine if Shokin didn’t get fired.
Biden repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said he has “never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses.”
“And what I will do is the same thing we did in our administration,” Biden said. “There will be an absolute wall between personal and private [business interests] and the government. There wasn’t any hint of scandal at all when we were there. And I’m going to propose the same kind of strict, strict rules. That’s why I never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else—even distant family—about their business interests. Period.”
The New York Post on Wednesday published a copy of an email that was allegedly sent by Vadym Pozharsky, an adviser to Burisma’s board of directors, to Hunter Biden in April 2015 thanking him for setting up a meeting with his father—less than a year before Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing Shokin.
In response, the Biden campaign said they found no such meeting, as alleged by the Post, in Biden’s official schedules. But they “would not rule out the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with Pozharsky,” reported Politico.
Both Bidens have yet to address the issue publicly. The Biden campaign called a “lid” for reporters before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Post.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 14, 2020