During the final presidential debate on Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that “nothing was unethical” about his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings while Biden was vice president.
The debate moderator Kristin Welker asked Biden: “Vice President Biden, there have been questions about the work your son has done in China and for a Ukrainian energy company when you were vice president. In retrospect, was anything about those relationships inappropriate or unethical?”
Biden responded, “Nothing was unethical.”
In an interview published in October 2019, Hunter Biden said he would not have been on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma if he had not been then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son.
In that interview, ABC News’ Amy Robach asked Hunter 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 answered. “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.”
Hunter Biden’s presence on the board of Burisma was the focus of multiple investigations from different countries, including Latvia and Ukraine. According to Just the News, in early 2020 a Ukrainian judge ordered for Joe Biden to be listed as the alleged perpetrator of a crime in the firing of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Burisma.
Just the News reported, “In Kiev late last month, District Court Judge S. V. Vovk ordered the country’s law enforcement services to formally list the fired prosecutor, Victor Shokin, as the victim of an alleged crime by the former U.S. vice president.”
In early 2016, then-Vice President Joe Biden used his authority to threaten to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine if Shokin was not fired. Shokin claims he was fired because he refused to end his investigation into Burisma and was making plans to interview Hunter Biden at the time of his firing.
The Ukrainian judge’s ruling orders “a competent person of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine who conducts procedural management in criminal proceedings No. 62020000000000236 dated February 24, 2020 to enter information into the Unified register of pre-trial investigations … a summary of facts that may indicate the commission of a criminal offense under Paragraph 2 of Article 343 of the Criminal procedure code of Ukraine on criminal proceedings No. 62020000000000236 dated February 24, 2020, namely: information on interference in the activities of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Shokin, Viktor Mykolaiovych performed by citizen of the United States of America Joseph Biden, former U.S. Vice President.”