Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, has resigned from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company.
The younger Biden’s resignation comes amid weeks of controversy concerning reports of his father abusing his position as vice president to garner Hunter Biden these international posts.
Some reports contend Joe Biden strong-armed the Ukrainian government to stop a federal prosecutor from investigating his son’s position on the board of a Ukrainian energy board.
Bloomberg reports Hunter Biden’s lawyer George Mesires said in a statement that his client will resign at the end of the month. The statement clarified that Hunter Biden will not work for any foreign-owned companies if Joe Biden wins the presidency in 2020.
“He reiterated that he never discussed his business activities with his father,” the report adds, removing speculation of his father’s intervention.
Hunter Biden is “fighting back” by admitting everyone was right about him taking foreign cash https://t.co/3hLBJRc6xk
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) October 13, 2019
“Hunter always understood that his father would be guided, entirely and unequivocally, by established U.S. policy, regardless of its effects on Hunter’s professional interests,” the statement said via Bloomberg. “He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States.”
Trump has repeatedly called for the Ukrainian and Chinese government to investigate the Bidens:
Earlier this month, Trump publicly called on China to investigate the Bidens. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry rejected that notion, saying it wouldn’t interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.
“Under a Biden Administration, Hunter will readily comply with any and all guidelines or standards a President Biden may issue to address purported conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts, including any restrictions related to overseas business interests,” the statement said. “He will continue to keep his father personally uninvolved in his business affairs.”
Hunter Biden released the statement on his own and not at the direction of the former vice president, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump has alleged that Vice President Biden in 2016 threatened to withhold billions of dollars in loan guarantees unless Ukraine fired the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, as a way to quash the probe and help his son. But U.S. and Ukrainian officials said the investigation at the time was dormant and that Shokin was fired for the opposite reason: failing to fight corruption.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino tweeted that there may be more than meets the eye on Hunter Biden stepping down.
“Why is he stepping down? If it’s all ‘innocent’ why step aside?” he tweeted.
Why is he stepping down? If it’s all “innocent” why step aside? https://t.co/F66AUnrHf8
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) October 13, 2019
Some people who commented on the post echoed its sentiments:
This makes me want to look into Hunters dealings with China and the Ukraine even more.
— Gene Parmesan private Dick (@Molly82701878) October 13, 2019
Thought: is there more to his stepping down from that Chinese-backed board than is currently public. Given the NBA kissing up to China & silencing their players/fans when pro-free Hong Kong, that's been in the news. Is China enforcing their image-damage control behind the scenes?
— TheShepherdess (@TheShepherdess2) October 13, 2019
"… if his father is elected president in 2020." In other words, there is about a 0.0000001 chance he's stepping down. And he knows it.
— Graham Cox (@FlyNavyES3) October 13, 2019
Clinton Foundation 2.0
— Sam Ward (@godsavecroatia) October 13, 2019
Because he already made his $$.
— Rosemarie (@RoseParri) October 13, 2019