Hunter Biden Says Trump Used His Position On Burisma In ‘Illegitimate Way’ During 2020 Election

Hunter Biden Says Trump Used His Position On Burisma In ‘Illegitimate Way’ During 2020 Election

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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April 5, 2021

Hunter Biden said he doesn’t regret putting a “big bullseye” that could have put his father, President Biden’s political future at risk while defending his decision serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, sorting to blame former President Donald Trump for using his business dealing as a weapon in an “illegitimate way” to initiate the series of political attacks.

Speaking in a new interview with “CBS This Morning” that aired Monday morning to promote his new memoir, “Beautiful Things,” Hunter claimed he wasn’t aware when asked by host Anthony Mason about whether his business dealings ever crossed a line.

“You grew up in politics. Did you not think you might be putting a big bullseye on yourself?” Mason asked.

“I didn’t fully comprehend the level to which this former administration and the people around it would go. The difference between the politics that you’re talking about in terms of the last four years is a very different game,” Hunter said. “And I don’t ever want to again to hand a weapon to people that would use it in an illegitimate way that they use the weaponry against my dad.”

Hunter served on the board of Burisma Holdings, one of the largest private natural gas producers in Ukraine, which paid him $50,000 a month back in 2014 — the same time his father was serving as vice president in the Obama administration and was overseeing U.S policy in Ukraine.

The embattled son said if he had to do it again he wouldn’t take the position with Burisma.

“The question of whether I would do it again is no,” Hunter said, defending his decision in taking the position with Burisma.

However, in an interview that aired a day before on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Hunter said he didn’t view the Burisma seat as a “mistake.”

“I don’t think I made a mistake in taking a spot on that board. I think I made a mistake in terms of underestimating the way it would be used against me,” Hunter told host Tracy Smith during a Sunday airing of the two-part interview with CBS News.

Asked during the Sunday interview if he at least understood the bad “optics” of being on the Burisma’s board, Hunter proclaimed that he did not see that way.

“Because I really didn’t. I’m being as honest as I possibly can. All I know is not one investigative body, not one serious journalist has ever accused has ever come to the conclusion that I did anything wrong, that my father did anything wrong,” Hunter said.

Regarding his infamous “laptop from hell” that became the center of the 2020 election during the final month of a heated presidential race, Hunter was asked once again if the Macbook Pro was really his.

“You don’t need a laptop. You got a book. The book — it’s all in the book. And I don’t know,” Hunter answered while laughing.

“The serious answer is that I truly do not know the answer to that,” Hunter added.

The laptop, Mason said was only referenced once in the upcoming memoir.

Hunter, when pressed if he left a laptop with a repair shop in Delaware back in 2019 and never returned to claim it asserted that he doesn’t recall missing a laptop.

“Not that I only remember,” Hunter responded. “But whether or not somebody has my laptop, whether or not it was a — I was hacked, whether or not there exists a laptop at all, I truly don’t know.”

“Read the book and you’ll realize that I wasn’t keeping tabs on possessions very well for about a four-year period of time,” he added.

Asked about whether his father ever benefited financially from his business dealings or received money from him, Hunter confidently replied “no.”

“Nothing, ever,” Hunter insisted. “Not a nickel, directly or indirectly, not a nickel, ever. Not a nickel, ever, 100 percent, no, never.”

The laptop, according to a trove of New York Post bombshell reporting revealed details of Hunter discussing potential business deals with China’s largest private energy company. Many of the emails were first disclosed in the Senate Finance Committee’s investigation report released last September just a few weeks before the laptop reporting over their findings in questionable financial transactions that Hunter and his associates received from foreign individuals during his time serving on the board of Burisma Holdings. Both Biden and Hunter have continued to deny any wrongdoing.

Towards the end of the year, Hunter disclosed using his father’s taxpayer transition team that his “tax affairs” are under federal investigation for possible tax fraud and money laundering activities, with a potential counterintelligence component. The embattled son told CBS that he was committed to being “completely cooperative” and is not working on any plea deal.

“Oh no. I am absolutely certain that what we’re doing is being completely cooperative with whoever is asking from any authority whatsoever,” Hunter replied.

Hunter went on to say that he was confident his team was cooperating fully with the probe, which is being overseen by the Justice Department and handled through the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware.

Biden in his first day in office tapped Nicholas McQuaid in an acting capacity to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, the main branch of the department involved in Hunter’s investigation. McQuaid was a partner from the same law firm at Latham & Watkins LLP who Hunter hired in December to represent the slew of legal troubles. Although the investigation is being run by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, it doesn’t necessarily prevent any sort of involvement by Justice Department sections in Washington.

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Mona Salama

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