Hunter Biden Breaks His Silence on Ukraine Scandal

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 9:37 AM
Hunter Biden Breaks His Silence on Ukraine Scandal

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Hunter Biden has decided to step down from the board of BKR, a Chinese private equity firm, and vows to avoid foreign work should his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, become president.

“Hunter always understood that his father would be guided, entirely and unequivocally, by established U.S. policy, regardless of its effects on Hunter’s professional interests,” Hunter's attorney, George Mesires, said in a statement. “He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States.”

He plans to walk away from his position on the board of directors by the end of the month.

Hunter has also said he would not take any international work, despite his claims that his work Is independent of his father, to eliminate the idea of a conflict of interest. 

"Under a Biden Administration, Hunter will readily comply with any and all guidelines or standards a President Biden may issue to address purported conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts, including any restrictions related to overseas business interests," Mesires said. "In any event, Hunter will agree not to serve on boards of, or work on behalf of, foreign owned companies."

"He will continue to keep his father personally uninvolved in his business affairs, while availing himself as necessary and appropriate to the Office of the White House Counsel to help inform his application of the Biden Administration’s guidelines or standards to his business decision-making," Mesires said.

Former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, has been at the center of the Ukraine scandal. While Biden was handling international relations with Ukraine on behalf of the Obama administration, Hunter was being paid $50,000 a month by Ukrainian gas company Bursima despite having no natural energy experience. 

President Donald Trump brought up the issue to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call in July. Democrats repeatedly said Trump threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless an investigation was launched. Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump the night before the unclassified, unredacted version of the transcript was released, based solely off a whistleblower complaint. The person who filed the complaint had second-hand knowledge of the phone call. The transcript showed no quid pro quo.

Throughout this ordeal, Hunter has remained silent until now.