Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, acknowledged in an ABC News interview that sitting on the board of a Ukrainian gas company may have been a bad idea, and is grateful for the perks of being a Biden, but denied profusely of any wrongdoing.
Hunter Biden made an appearance on ABC News “Good Morning America” to declare that, while he had shown poor judgment “in retrospect,” he did not make a mistake based on an “ethical lapse,” Time reported.
“It was poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a—it’s a swamp in many ways? Yeah. And so, I take full responsibility for that. Do I, did I do anything improper? No, and not in any way,” Biden asserted.
“Did I make a mistake? Well, maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah,” Hunter said on the show.
Hunter also acknowledged the unlikelihood of him being appointed to the board had he not been the son of Joe Biden, pointing out, “I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden,” he said.
The interview with ABC News happened two days after Hunter Biden’s pledge that he will not work for foreign-owned companies should his father be elected president. This was hours before the CNN and New York Times Democratic debate held in central Ohio, according to The New York Times.
The New York Times also reported that Hunter’s sudden public comments signal the level of concern among Joe Biden’s allies that the younger Biden’s overseas dealings had become a “potentially damaging liability to his father’s campaign, and are the latest in a flurry of actions pro-Biden forces have taken to mitigate the issue this week ahead of the debate.”
The younger Biden also blamed his father’s opponents, notably President Donald Trump, for spreading a “ridiculous conspiracy idea” involving his work in Ukraine, and repeatedly asserted that he did not discuss his business decisions with his father, according to The New York Times.
Hill contributor Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, pointed out that it is reasonable to be skeptical about Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, given that the younger Biden knows nothing about the industry.
“Hunter Biden had no experience in the field—but he did have a notable connection to the vice president, who publicly has bragged about making clear to the Ukrainians that he alone controlled U.S. aid to the country,” Turley wrote.
Turley also noted that it is highly unlikely that Hunter has never spoken to his father about his Ukraine dealings before.
“Joe Biden has insisted he never spoke with his son about his foreign dealings—an incredible but categorical statement. The then-vice president flew with his son on Air Force Two on an official trip to China but suggests they never discussed his son’s deal seeking $1.5 billion in investments with the state-backed Bank of China. During the trip, Hunter reportedly introduced his father to Chinese private equity executive Jonathan Li, who was part of that deal. Yet Biden insists he was never told of any business linkage or dealings,” Turley argued.