Hunter Biden’s work on the board of a Ukrainian energy company is not corrupt on its face, but he and his father should have avoided being put in a situation where corruption accusations could fly, according to Brit Hume.
The 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden was possibly hired by Burisma Holdings in the way an American company might hire a lobbyist in Washington, Hume said Tuesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“You get someone with the name ‘Biden’ on the board — that might help you,” he said.
“That doesn’t establish that [Hunter] Biden himself did anything corrupt. That doesn’t establish that Joe Biden did anything corrupt on his son’s behalf.”
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Hume said that, instead, it may have been unwise for the elder Biden to publicly brag about helping get a Ukrainian prosecutor with connections to the Burisma firm fired.
“If you are going to tell the Ukrainians as then-Vice President Biden did that you’re not going to get this aid unless you fire this particular prosecutor and you’ve got the son of the vice president associated with a company that figures into the prosecutor’s investigation — that on its face is a conflict of interest and improper — even if there was good reason for asking that the prosecutor… be fired.”
Hume pointed out that both Bidens have legal training, as the former senator was a public defender in Delaware before taking office, and should have known the potential for accusations to crop up.
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The Obama White House should have also tried to keep the vice president from being put in a tenuous situation, Hume said.
“The Obama administration should’ve known better,” he said.