The 49-year-old, who has gotten rich off foreign deals inaccessible to average American business men, told ABC News that his “poor judgement” overseas was having a negative impact on his father’s presidential campaign. Although he unequivocally denied any wrongdoing, the younger Biden also expressed regret for getting entangled “in the middle of something that is a…swamp in many ways.”
“In retrospect, look, I think that it was poor judgment on my part. Is that I think that it was poor judgment because I don’t believe now, when I look back on it, I know … [I] did nothing wrong at all,” the younger Biden said. “However, was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is, its a swamp in many ways? Yeah.”
Hunter Biden’s sit down with ABC News comes as his foreign business dealings have spilled out into the open. The controversy started last month when President Donald Trump suggested the Ukrainian government probe how the younger Biden secured an appointment to the board of directors of Burisma Holdings. Hunter Biden joined the Ukrainian oil and gas giant in 2014 around the same time his father was appointed to oversee Obama administration policy in the region.
As Peter Schweizer, senior contributor at Breitbart News, detailed in his book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, Hunter Biden secured the position, which paid as much as $83,000 per month despite him having no background in the energy industry or Ukraine. Hunter Biden’s lack of experience, coupled with his father’s influence over Ukraine, immediately raised questions from ethics watchdogs in both the U.S. and Europe about a conflict of interest.