Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden bristled when he was asked by an NBC reporter about his son Hunter’s work for a Ukrainian energy company that is at the heart of the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump.
The former vice president was asked by Savannah Guthrie during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show about the “irony” surrounding Trump’s allegations against Hunter and the claims being amplified during the impeachment proceedings.
“It’s a good thing that no one’s found anything wrong with his dealing with Ukraine except they say it sets a bad image,” Biden said in the interview broadcast Monday.
Guthrie then asked if it was “wrong” for Hunter to take a seat on the board of Burisma Holdings “because the company wanted access to you.”
“That’s not true. You’re saying things you do not know what you’re talking about,” Biden said. “No one has said that — who said that?”
The NBC anchor said some people would see it as “sleazy” and asked “was it right?”
“Well, he said he regretted having done it. Speak for yourself. He’s a grown man,” Biden said.
Trump and Republicans allege that Biden — then the Obama administration’s point-man in Ukraine — threatened to hold up $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine unless it fired a top prosecutor while Hunter worked for Burisma.
Biden has consistently countered that the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was not aggressive enough in fighting corruption and it was a foreign policy decision backed by a number of European countries to have him removed.