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In response to a question from Sen. Ted Cruz about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, Trump impeachment attorney Pam Bondi noted that “it is very interesting that he said he never spoke to his son about overseas dealings, his son said different things.”
Here’s what Joe Biden and his son Hunter have said about their interactions regarding Hunter’s involvement with Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings.
On multiple occasions, Hunter said that he had spoken briefly with his father about his position on Burisma’s board.
According to the New Yorker, “As Hunter recalled, his father discussed Burisma with him just once: “Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do.'” However, the New Yorker article did not make clear whether Hunter Biden said there were any more details as part of the father-son exchange.
In an ABC interview, Hunter Biden initially minimized the exchange saying “it wasn’t a discussion in any way,” before acknowledging the New Yorker’s characterization was accurate.
Asked about his son’s international business dealings during the October 2019 Democratic debate, the former Vice President said, “I never discussed a single thing with my son about anything having to do with Ukraine. No one has indicated I have.”
In a statement to CNN after the debate, Biden’s campaign argued that the exchange Hunter referenced in the New Yorker did not amount to a conversation about Ukraine.
“‘I hope you know what you’re doing,’ and ‘I do,’ is not a conversation. That’s a failed ‘gotcha,’” said Andrew Bates, a Biden campaign spokesperson.