(Tea Party PAC) – Father and son are contradicting each other as the Biden family comes under intense scrutiny following a failed attempt to initiate the sequel to the Trump-Russia hoax.
On Saturday, former president Joe Biden told reporters in Iowa during a campaign appearance that he denied ever having discussed his son’s position on the board of directors for Burisma Holdings, a Ukranian oil and natural gas company.
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden told reporters, clearly flustered, before going on to accuse President Donald Trump of abusing his power by supposedly urging the Ukranian government to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
The younger Biden seems to have contradicted his father, however, admitting during a series of candid interviews with the New Yorker in June that he did, in fact, discuss his business overseas with his father at least once.
“Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do’” Hunter Biden told the magazine.
This is the least of the Biden’s problems, however, as Breitbart explains:
The contradicting stories between father and son only underscore the multiple unanswered questions already plaguing the situation. At the center of controversy is how and why Hunter Biden was asked to join the Bursima board of directors in April 2014, despite not having any experience with Ukraine or the energy industry. Even more concerning to ethics watchdogs is the fact that at the same time Hunter Biden was tapped for the $83,000 a month job, his father was the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine.
As Breitbart’s contributing editor Peter Schweizer noted in his book on the scandal, Hunter Biden joined Burisma at time when the company was seen as actively courting western leaders after its business practices came under scrutiny. The same month Hunter Biden joined the group, the government of Great Britain froze accounts belonging to Burisma founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, under suspicion of money laundering. Zlochevsky, a former Ukrainian minister of natural resources, would later be accused of corruption for using his office to approve oil and gas licenses to companies under his control.
The former vice president became entangled in the matter when he pushed the government of Ukraine to fire the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the company and Zlochevsky for wrongdoing in 2016. Officially, Joe Biden claimed his threat to withhold more than $1 billion in U.S. loans to Ukraine came from then-President Barack Obama, who was worried Shokin had lost credibility with western leaders. Regardless of the reason, Shokin’s successor closed the investigation into Burisma and Zchlovesky, allowing the oligarch to return to the country after having fled in 2014.
In spite of the very shady circumstances that strongly point to a conflict of interest, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden have been willing to discuss the topic at length, until it was revealed that Trump had been discussing it with Ukrainian authorities.
On Sunday, the president defended his conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, saying that there were too many unanswered questions, particularly given the long history of corruption in the Ukraine.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating the corruption already in the Ukraine and Ukraine has got a lot of problems,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for Houston, Texas.
He also pointed out that the Biden’s have already undermined their own credibility by contradicting each other.
“This is a very dishonest thing that Joe Biden did, and then he said he never spoke to his son,” the president said. “Does anybody believe that one? But then he also said long before that he did speak to his son. So he lied again.”