We have been discussing the Hunter Biden Ukraine deal and the concerted effort to avoid the question of whether there was profiteering by family members during Joe Biden’s term as vice president. While I do not agree with President Donald Trump that the evidence suggests that Joe Biden pushed to fire the prosecutor to protect his son, there remains the legitimate question of the windfall contract given to Hunter Biden by a figure widely viewed as corrupt in the Ukraine. To make matters worse, Joe Biden declared to the media that he has never, ever, discussed any foreign business deal with his son Hunter, including the Ukrainian deal. Hunter himself said that was untrue in recalling discussing the Ukrainian deal with his Dad. Now this photo shows Joe Biden golfing with Hunter and Devon Archer, who served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings with Hunter. Did Hunter never explain the working relationship to his Dad? One can understand why the Biden campaign has been pressuring networks to refuse to air Rudy Giuliani and his allegations against Biden. The deal is a legitimate matter for inquiry and Biden has made it worse with his categorical denial.
Biden previously declared “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” He then told media that they are wrong to be asking him about huge amounts of money received by his family during his term and instead “You should be asking him why is he on the phone with a foreign leader, trying to intimidate a foreign leader. You should be looking at Trump.”
The problem is Hunter Biden said that he did speak with his father about Ukraine, according to an interview in The New Yorker.
In a very disappointing “fact check,” the Washington Post seemed to struggle to say that Joe Biden’s statement was not false while saying that it was. The Washington Post has insisted that, after being told about the Ukrainian deal, Biden curtly left it to his son and “that’s not much of a discussion.” The point however is that Biden said that he never spoke at all about any business deal. Period. That is a denial of any knowledge, which was the point of his angry response to a Fox reporter.
None of this excuses Trump’s decision to pressure the Ukrainian president for dirt on Biden. However, we can be equally and fairly focused on both sides of this controversy — calling out both candidates on issues of legitimate concern.