Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) defended former Vice President Joe Biden and his son amid growing turmoil with regard to their potential misconduct in a corruption investigation and Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.
Questions have been raised about Bidens’ actions that the Ukrainian investigation was scrutinizing in the the company that paid the younger Biden as a board member more than $50,000 monthly while then-Vice President Biden was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kyiv.
Harris, when asked whether she would allow the son or daughter of her vice president to sit on the board of a foreign-held company, admitted that she “probably” wouldn’t but defended Biden.
“As far as I’m concerned, leave Joe Biden alone. Just leave him alone,” she said.
Harris immediately turned to attacking President Donald Trump, arguing that any discussion about the Bidens was “a distraction from the facts” and the real problem was Trump “corrupting America’s democracy.”
Harris’s comments prompted former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to sharply scold her, calling Harris’s comment “embarrassing.”
“Leave Joe Biden alone? So are you telling us @KamalaHarris that what Biden did was ethical and moral? Where are the questions about the conflict of interest that occurred from Biden’s actions and the issues with his son? This response is embarrassing,” Haley wrote in a tweet.
Leave Joe Biden alone? So are you telling us @KamalaHarris that what Biden did was ethical and moral? Where are the questions about the conflict of interest that occurred from Biden’s actions and the issues with his son? This response is embarrassing. https://t.co/AdUP38KinY
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) September 29, 2019
Other 2020 Democratic candidates also joined Harris to come to Biden’s defense, brushing aside Bidens’ tangled web of political influence and business that has lingered for decades.
Breitbart News states at least five times where Hunter Biden’s business dealings presented a conflict of interest for the former vice president, let alone their controversies in Ukraine.
Joe Biden’s youngest son, a recent graduate of Yale Law School with no banking or business experience, was hired by the credit card issuer MBNA Corp.— Biden’s largest campaign contributor in 1996.
Hunter Biden left the company in 1998 but still remained on its payroll as a consultant. He was paid up to $100,000 monthly consulting fees while his father was writing and promoting the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 favored by MBNA and other giants in the same sector.
In 2013, Hunter Biden signed a multibillion-dollar deal with the state-owned Bank of China only 12 days after visiting China with his father. The deal created a private equity fund called BHR to invest Chinese money overseas.
The most controversial deal stemmed from a purchase in which BHR and a Chinese state-owned defense firm scored a $600 million to buy Henniges, a Michigan-based automotive company. The sale was facilitated and approved by the Obama-Biden administration despite the alarming national security concerns that the Chinese company was “reportedly involved in stealing sensitive data regarding the Joint Strike Fighter program.”
The deal faced congressional scrutiny as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) launched an investigation in August to determine Joe Biden’s role in the venture.