Politics

Hunter Biden says he 'did nothing wrong at all' — but admits 'poor judgment' in overseas deals

Key Points
  • Hunter Biden in a new interview says he "did nothing wrong at all."
  • But Biden admitted in the sitdown with ABC News that "I think is was poor judgment on my part" to become involved in overseas ventures that have complicated his father Joe Biden's run for president.
  • Hunter Biden as become the focus of intense criticism by President Donald Trump and his allies over his foreign business relationships in Ukraine and China. Trump faces an impeachment inquiry over pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
Hunter Biden on ABC News interview
Source: ABC News

Former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, who currently is the focus of intense criticism by President Donald Trump and his allies over his foreign business relationships, in a new interview says he "did nothing wrong at all."

But Hunter Biden admitted in the sitdown with ABC News that "I think it was poor judgment on my part" to become involved in overseas ventures in Ukraine and China, which have complicated his father's current run for the Democratic presidential nomination, and in turn led to an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

And when he was asked if he would have gotten a lucrative board position at the Ukraine natural gas company Burisma if his last name was not Biden, the 49-year-old Hunter said, "probably not."

Trump took a shot at Hunter's appearance on "Good Morning America" several hours later.

"Hunter Biden was really bad on @GMA. Now Sleepy Joe has real problems," Trump tweeted.

Biden was on Burisma's board when his father, while serving as vice president in the Obama administration, pressured Ukraine's government to fire a prosecutor in that country because of concerns that the prosecutor was not doing enough to fight corruption.

Joe Biden's stance was in line with that of European governments with concern about corruption in Ukraine.

But Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have argued that Joe Biden was acting out of concern that the prosecutor was investigating Burisma, and, by extension, that Joe Biden had acted improperly by supposedly trying to protect his son.

There is no evidence that Trump or Giuliani has produced which shows that Hunter Biden was engaged in wrongdoing in his work for Burisma.

Trump and Giuliani have asked the current government of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's actions.

Last month, the House launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump after revelations that a CIA whistleblower had raised about a July phone call the president had with Ukraine's new leader, Volodymyr Zelesnky, during which Trump urged Zelensky to probe Biden.

At the time, Trump was withholding Congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine. That aid later was released after Congress raised concerns about the delay in turning over the money.

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Trump's actions have led many Democrats to accuse him of wrongdoing by asking a foreign government to take action against a political rival.

"I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father," Hunter Biden said in the ABC News interview.

"That's where I made the mistake," Biden said.

"So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever."

"Did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not," Biden said.

He also said that being a target for Trump is a "feather in my cap."

And he called the Trump White House the "most unethical group of people we've ever seen."

Biden said earlier in October that he would step down from the board of a Chinese private equity firm. He had already left Burisma's board earlier this year.

Even as Trump and his two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, criticize Joe and Hunter Biden over Hunter's overseas work, the Trump brothers have been leading, ever since their father took office, the Trump Organization, which has business interests in more than two dozen countries.

Forbes.com reported this month that, "In the Dominican Republic, the younger Trumps sold a piece of land in January 2018 for $3.2 million."

"It was the clearest violation of their father's pledge to do no new foreign deals while in office," Forbes said.

The Trump Organization continues to have business interests in the Trump Towers in Istanbul, Turkey.

Earlier this month, President Trump ordered the removal of U.S. troops from the northern border of Syria, which allowed Turkey to launch a military offensive into Syria that has sparked international outrage because Turkey is targeting Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF had helped the U.S. fight the Islamic State.

"I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul and it's a tremendously successful job," Trump said in a 2015 interview with Breitbart News.