Unlike Trump’s brood, Hunter Biden is taking steps to avoid any appearance of impropriety should his father, former VP Joe Biden, be elected president in 2020.
The younger Biden has already publicly declared he will halt all foreign work and step down from the board of the Chinese-backed firm he serves on.
While he has mostly been keeping a low profile in recent months, Hunter released an official statement detailing the moves he plans to make to ensure his father’s campaign will remain squarely in the ethical lane. He also stresses that he does not discuss business with his father.
These declarations come after months of Donald Trump accusing the Bidens of nefarious activity. Trump and Giuliani have been spreading talk of Hunter making millions while his father was VP. Plus, they have made claims that Joe Biden used his influence as VP to stop an investigation into his son.
So pathetic to see Sleepy Joe Biden, who with his son, Hunter, and to the detriment of the American Taxpayer, has ripped off at least two countries for millions of dollars, calling for my impeachment - and I did nothing wrong. Joe’s Failing Campaign gave him no other choice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
Trump has even used these theories in his campaign commercials, even though they have repeatedly been debunked. The statement directly addressed the Ukraine allegations:
“Despite extensive scrutiny, at no time has any law enforcement agency, either domestic or foreign, alleged that Hunter engaged in wrongdoing at any point during his five-year term.”
The contrast between Hunter’s statement and the actions of Trump’s children (Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr.) is striking. Trump did not divest from his businesses upon being elected president and instead handed over the running of his companies to Don Jr and Eric.
His two older sons have spent the last three years traveling to various countries to promote overseas Trump resorts, places like India, Dubai, and Indonesia. Ivanka has been nabbing copyrights in China left and right, and her husband Jared Kushner was saved from bankruptcy by a crucial investment from the Middle East.
So when GOP pundit Peggy Noonan said “Using your family influence to do well in life. The American people don’t like it,” Chuck Todd asks the question that everyone’s been thinking:
Noonan: "That's an interesting question."
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 13, 2019
Indeed, Todd emphasize this point saying, “It’s sort of an awkward charge coming from the Trump’s.”
The non-reply by Noonan, weekly columnist for Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, is priceless.