Last week in Des Moines, Iowa, Joe Biden told a reporter that he never discussed his son’s overseas business dealings, but Hunter Biden tells a different story.
On July 8, The New Yorker reported:
In December 2015, as Joe Biden prepared to return to Ukraine, his aides braced for renewed scrutiny of Hunter’s relationship with Burisma. Amos Hochstein, the Obama Administration’s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter with Biden, but did not go so far as to recommend that Hunter leave the board. As Hunter recalled, his father discussed Burisma with him just once: ‘Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do.’’
Yet on Sept. 21, not two months after The New Yorker story published, Biden told reporters at the Polk County Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa something different, reported USA Today.
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden said. “Here’s what I know: Trump should be investigated.”
A newly released photo also seems to contradict Biden’s story. In the photo below of the time he was vice president, Joe Biden is seen golfing with his son, Hunter Biden, and an executive board member of the Ukrainian oil and gas company Burisma Holdings. Burisma is the company that paid Hunter Biden $50,000 per month to sit on its board while Joe Biden oversaw Ukraine policy for the Obama administration.
Fox News reported the man furthest to the left in the photo below is Devon Archer, who served on the Burisma executive board with Hunter Biden.
According to Fox News, the photo was taken at the Hamptons in August 2014, just four months after Hunter Biden and Archer joined the Burisma executive board.
In 2018, Biden publicly celebrated pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was looking into corruption within Burisma, using U.S. aid as leverage:
I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b-tch. (Laughter.) He got fired.