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After Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was confronted with an angry voter in Iowa last week, CNN’s Chris Cillizza called on the former vice president to put the questions surrounding his son Hunter’s involvement in Ukraine to rest once and for all.

Cilizza agreed with Biden that he had no active involvement with Hunter’s appointment to the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company, in 2013, he does think that Biden needs to answer the following question:

“Do you think it was appropriate for your son to be on the board of a Ukrainian company — and being paid $50,000 a month in that role — while you were the vice president of the United States?”
That question is a) fair b) totally worth asking and c) something Biden should be required to answer beyond what he has said publicly so far.
Why? Because there is very little to suggest that Hunter Biden had anything in his background that would make him an expert on Ukraine, natural gas or Ukraine natural gas. In fact, the only seeming credential he had to be on a board of any sort of company like Burisma was his last name — and that he shared it with the sitting vice president of the United States.
Hunter Biden himself had admitted it was “poor judgment” to be on the board. He did so in an October interview with ABC, adding: “Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever.”
Which is totally fine! Simply being on the board is no evidence of wrongdoing of any sort. But it is odd — especially a) Hunter’s seeming lack of credentials for a role like that and b) the large sum he was reportedly paid for that role.
Hunter Biden was reportedly paid $50,000 per month from 2014-2019 despite the lack of expertise on natural gas issues.
While Cillizza blames what he calls Trump’s untrue statements about the Biden’s as a reason for the latter’s reluctance to engage on questions surrounding Hunter, he does take issue with Joe Biden telling Axios’ Mike Allen that he wasn’t interested in getting to the bottom of how his son wound up on the board of Burisma because he “trusted” him.
Cillizza concludes with this:
Really? I mean, I get trusting your son. But Biden’s son has already said publicly that being on the board was “poor judgment!” And it’s an absolutely worthy question for someone who wants to be president of the United States: Do you think it was a mistake for your son to be on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company being paid a large sum for it while you are the vice president of the United States?
Biden can get angry. He can get up in arms. But he really should get used to answering the question.



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