Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday repeatedly denied his son Hunter Biden got $3.5 million from the widow of Moscow’s former mayor during the first presidential debate.
Biden, the former vice president, broadly defended Hunter’s controversial business relationships in China, Russia and Ukraine — while specifically denying the large alleged payment, first disclosed last week.
“China ate your lunch, Joe, and no wonder — your son your son goes in and he takes out, he takes out billions of dollars, takes out billions of dollars to manage. He makes millions of dollars,” Trump said, referring to a business deal reached after Hunter accompanied his father to China aboard Air Force Two.
“Simply not true,” Biden said.
“And also, while we’re at it: Why is it just, out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow, his wife gave your son $3.5 million,” Trump said, referring to a bombshell allegation in a 87-page report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Elena Baturina, the richest woman in Russia and the widow of Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow, allegedly made the transfer in 2014.
“What did he do to deserve it?” Trump pressed Biden. “What did he do with Burisma to deserve $183,000?” he added, referring to the Ukraine energy firm that employed Biden’s son while he led the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate the dealings of the former vice president and his son resulted in his impeachment in December. Republican senators acquitted Trump in February of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.
In Ukraine, Hunter Biden earned $83,333 monthly on the board of the energy company Burisma Holdings, despite no relevant industry experience.
“None of that is true … It’s totally discredited, totally discredited,” Biden said at the debate.
Trump piped over him: “Well, wait, he didn’t get $3.5 million, Joe? He got $3.5 million”
Biden retorted, “That is not true.”
“Oh really? Oh …. No, it is a fact,” Trump insisted.
“It is not a fact. It’s been totally discredited,” Biden said.
“Bid Burisma pay him $183,000 a month with no experience in energy? With no job?” Trump said.
“My son didn’t, did nothing wrong with Burisma … He doesn’t want to let me answer because he knows I have the truth,” Biden said.
“He stood up and he threatened Ukraine with $1 billion if you don’t get rid of the prosecutor… you’re on tape doing it,” Trump said of Biden’s withholding of loan guarantees to force out a prosecutor.
“That is absolutely not true,” Biden said.
Hunter Biden, 50, is a recovering drug user and father of four, including a child whose fatherhood was recently determined in a court case. He briefly dated his late brother Beau Biden’s widow and last month introduced his father at the Democratic National Convention.
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