Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, said he used "poor judgment" in his business dealings with Ukraine but denied any wrongdoing in a new interview with ABC News.
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden says he did nothing "improper” while serving on board of Ukrainian gas company, but may have showed “poor judgment” in joining.— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 15, 2019
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President Donald Trump has claimed that Hunter Biden, 49, profited from an affiliation with Ukrainian gas company Burisma and that Joe Biden had a prosecutor who was looking into the operations of the gas company fired to protect his son. Hunter Biden reportedly was paid up to $50,000 a month to sit on the company's board.
In a July 25 phone call at the center of an impeachment inquiry, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens, according to a White House transcript. Trump later admitted to discussing Biden with Zelensky but said the phone call was “perfect” with nothing illegal taking place.
Neither Biden has been officially accused of wrongdoing.
The younger Biden told ABC News that he "served honorably" on the board and did nothing unethical; however, he said he may have made a "mistake" by giving "a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father."
"Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever," he told the news outlet.
He added that he regrets "not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this ... ridiculous conspiracy idea."
Hunter Biden also told ABC News that he "didn't have any discussions" with his father about the board after the younger Biden became involved with it. But he did call his dad after the transcript was released, he said.
After the elder Biden asked how Hunter's daughter was doing, they briefly shared their reactions, Hunter Biden said.
"And then discussion was literally, like, 'Oh my gosh,'" the younger Biden said. "But other than that, really, I want to make it clear, it's not like anybody has to have any discussion beyond that."
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