Joe Biden insisted his son Hunter “did nothing wrong” in Ukraine when pressed by President Donald Trump on the debate stage Tuesday night.
“My son did nothing wrong at Burisma,” Biden said after Trump brought up Hunter’s board position at the Ukrainian energy company, where he raked in upwards of $50,000 a month despite no prior experience in the industry.
Biden’s denial comes on the heels of a recent Senate committee report and data from the Treasury Department that confirmed Hunter’s conflicts of interest and “widespread concern within the Obama-Biden Administration about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma Holdings.”
Trump then turned to another recent allegation against the former vice president’s son, asking Biden, “Why did he deserve $3.5 million from Moscow?” referring to another discovery in the Senate report. As Tristan Justice reported last week, “According to the joint report released by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with the Senate Finance Committee, Rosemont Seneca, an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden, received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina in 2014 while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president.”
Later in the debate, Biden denied another previously reported fact about his son’s military service. “Hunter Biden was dishonorably discharged for cocaine use,” Trump said after Biden brought up his son’s service. “No, he wasn’t,” Biden responded.
In fact, it has been widely reported that Hunter failed a drug test for cocaine a month after beginning a commission in the Navy Reserve and was then discharged.
Biden said this was false but even the Washington Post admitted Hunter was discharged after a positive cocaine test back in 2014. pic.twitter.com/wUxNb4Oidl
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 30, 2020