CHARLIE SPIERING 14 May 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden denied Monday that his son Hunter Biden asked him for a favor in Ukraine while serving on the energy board of a Ukrainian energy company.
â€œWe never once discussed it when he was there,â€ Biden told the Associated Press. â€œThereâ€™s not a single bit of evidence thatâ€™s been shown in any reporting thatâ€™s been done that he ever talked about it with me or asked any government official for a favor.â€
When he was vice president, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine if officials did not fire the countryâ€™s top prosecutor, who was pursuing a corruption investigation of an energy company while his son Hunter was serving on the board.
The connection was revealed in author Peter Schweizerâ€™s best-selling book Secret Empires, and the reporting was confirmed in the New York Times.
Hunter Biden was paid as much as $50,000 per month while serving on the board, as his father led the Obama administrationâ€™s policy with Ukraine.