Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed earlier this month that he never discussed business with his son, Hunter, as questions continue to mount over the allegations surrounding his Ukraine corruption scandal.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson revealed a photograph allegedly from 2014 on his show Monday night that showed then-Vice President Biden playing golf with his son and his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, who both served on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma at the time that the photo was taken.
Tucker Carlson revealed this pic tonight from 2014 that shows Biden playing golf w/his son and his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, who were both on the board of the Ukrainian gas company at the time
Biden said earlier this month that he *never* discussed business w/his son pic.twitter.com/vdeoMNpXpK
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 1, 2019
Biden, who has been labeled by Republicans as “Quid Pro Joe,” yelled at a Fox News reporter earlier this month: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings. I know Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him why is he on the phone with a foreign leader, trying to intimidate a foreign leader. You should be looking at Trump.”
Yea, #QuidProJoe had no idea what was going on and never discussed business with his son!🙄
Joe, Hunter Biden seen golfing with Ukraine gas company exec back in 2014, photo shows | Fox News https://t.co/R3qb7wwqq7
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 1, 2019
Biden’s claim has already been debunked as his son has already told The New Yorker that he and his dad did discuss business in Ukraine. The photograph revealed by Carlson only serves to cast even more doubt on Biden’s claims as he continues to stumble in national polls and is now behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Last year, Biden bragged that he got a Ukrainian prosecutor fired who was investigating his son’s company by threatening the president of the country.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden said as he recalled what he told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016.
“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden continued.
Biden and his allies in the media have claimed that the reason that the prosecutor was fired was that he was not investigating corruption hard enough at the company, but reporting from The Hill’s John Solomon disputes their claims. Solomon reports:
Hundreds of pages of never-released memos and documents — many from inside the American team helping Burisma to stave off its legal troubles — conflict with Biden’s narrative.
And they raise the troubling prospect that U.S. officials may have painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview Hunter Biden during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
For instance, Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Biden forced the firing of the country’s chief prosecutor and offered “an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures” about the Ukrainian prosecutors, according to the Ukrainian government’s official memo of the meeting. The effort to secure that meeting began the same day the prosecutor’s firing was announced.
In addition, Burisma’s American team offered to introduce Ukrainian prosecutors to Obama administration officials to make amends, according to that memo and the American legal team’s internal emails.
The memos raise troubling questions:
1.) If the Ukraine prosecutor’s firing involved only his alleged corruption and ineptitude, why did Burisma’s American legal team refer to those allegations as “false information?”
2.) If the firing had nothing to do with the Burisma case, as Biden has adamantly claimed, why would Burisma’s American lawyers contact the replacement prosecutor within hours of the termination and urgently seek a meeting in Ukraine to discuss the case?
Read Solomon’s full report at The Hill here.