Donald Trump has made attacking Hunter Biden about his foreign business deals a fulltime hobby. Trump has attempted to shrug off his shifty dealings with Ukraine by pointing the finger at his political rival Joe Biden and his son.
Hunter Biden has had enough of Trump’s attacks and accusations so he sat down with ABC News in an exclusive interview to set the record straight.
Hunter Biden did concede during the interview that he took a misstep in failing to realize the political implications his foreign business dealings would have on his father’s career.
“In retrospect, look, I think that it was poor judgment on my part. Is that I think that it was poor judgment because I don’t believe now when I look back on it — I know that there was — did nothing wrong at all,” Biden told ABC News’ Amy Robach. “However, was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is…a swamp in—in—in many ways? Yeah.”
“I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That’s where I made the mistake,” Biden continued. “So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever.”
Biden did the interview over the weekend and was very candid about several different subjects including how the spotlight on his personal and professional life has threatened his ongoing struggle with addiction.
Last week Trump used Twitter to ask “WHERE’S HUNTER?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2019
“I’m here. I’m here and I’m working and I’m living my life,” Hunter Biden responded. “Hiding in plain sight, I guess.”
“Did I make a mistake? Well, maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah,” he said, “But did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not.”
Biden then added, “I take — full responsibility for that. Do I — did I do anything improper? No, and not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever. I joined aboard, I served honorably. I did — I focused on corporate governance. I didn’t have any discussions with my father before or after I joined the board as it related to it, other than that brief exchange that we had.”
Biden says that he does not regret his business dealings, but wishes that he had foreseen the issues they would cause his father.
“What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this — this ridiculous conspiracy idea.”
Biden stated “like every other American — I was shocked,” when he was asked about the released transcript of Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine.
Biden shares that shortly after the transcript was released his father called him. He says before Joe Biden told him about the phone call he asked about his granddaughter Maisy.
“For real. And that’s not a joke. I mean, and then the discussion was literally like, ‘Oh my gosh,” Biden said adding that it was difficult to put his shock into words. “But other than that, really, I want to make it clear, it’s not like anybody has to have any discussion beyond that.”
Biden made it clear during the interview that he never discussed his business dealings with his father. Biden says that he has a strong desire to stay out of the media spotlight, but that Trump has made that impossible.
When asked about how much information he shared with his father, Biden stated, “[My father] read the press reports that I’d joined the board of Burisma which was a Ukrainian natural gas company. And there’s been a lot of misinformation about me, not about my dad. Nobody buys Dad. But — by this idea that I was unqualified to be on the board,” said Biden.
“I was vice-chairman of the board of Amtrak for five years,” Biden continued. “I was the chairman of the board of the U.N. World Food Program. I was a lawyer for Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the most prestigious law firms in — in the world.”
“I think that I had as much knowledge as anybody else that was on the board — if not more.”
Robach then asked Biden, “if your last name wasn’t Biden do you think you would’ve been asked to be on the board of Burisma?”
“I don’t know. I don’t know. Probably not, in retrospect,” Biden said. “But that’s — you know — 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.”
“Because my dad was Vice President of the United States. There’s literally nothing, as a young man or as a full-grown adult that — my father in some way hasn’t had influence over. It does not serve either one of us,” Biden continued.
Over the weekend Joe Biden rolled out a government ethics plan. He stated that no member of his family would have a job within the White House or work for any foreign companies. Hunter Biden had already announced that he was stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed equity company when Biden made his announcement.
“I’m taking it off the table, Amy,” Biden said .”I’m making that commitment. Let’s see if anybody else makes that commitment. But that’s the commitment that I’m making.”
“Look, I’m a private citizen,” he said. “One thing that I don’t have to do is sit here and open my kimono as it relates to how much money I make or make or did or didn’t. But it’s all been reported.”
During his press conference over the weekend Joe Biden called his son’s decision to step down from his position on the board a real example that “represents the kind of man of integrity [Hunter] is.”