Hunter Biden: I did not involve my father in my business

Hunter Biden, with lawyer Abbe Lowell, leaves after his deposition on Capitol Hill on Wednesday
Hunter Biden, with lawyer Abbe Lowell (left), leaves after his deposition on Capitol Hill on Wednesday - AP
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Hunter Biden insisted he did not bring his father into his overseas business dealings as he was questioned by Republicans in an impeachment hearing.

The US president’s son claimed he had been “hunted” by Republican-led congressional committees attempting to smear his father using “innuendo, distortion, and sensationalism”.

The hearing, which took place behind closed doors on Wednesday, is seen as the best chance for the House oversight and judiciary committees to salvage their impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.

House Republicans launched proceedings in September amid claims that Hunter had sold access to his father, while he was vice president in Barack Obama’s administration, as part of his foreign business ventures.

However, they are yet to uncover any evidence that Mr Biden profited from his son’s dealings.

The investigation suffered a blow to its credibility recently when a key witness was linked to Russian intelligence agencies.

Jerry Nadler
Jerry Nadler, right, the Democrat Representative for New York arrives for the hearing - BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Hunter Biden told the hearing, in a prepared statement obtained in advance by US media: “I am here today to provide the committees with the one incontestable fact that should end the false premise of this inquiry: I did not involve my father in my business.

“Not while I was a practising lawyer, not in my investments or transactions domestic or international, not as a board member, and not as an artist. Never.”

The 54-year-old went on to criticise the inquiry as a “baseless and destructive political charade” based on conspiracy theories.

“For more than a year, your committees have hunted me in your partisan political pursuit of my dad,” he said.

“You have trafficked in innuendo, distortion, and sensationalism - all the while ignoring the clear and convincing evidence staring you in the face.

“You do not have evidence to support the baseless and MAGA-motivated [Make America Great Again] conspiracies about my father because there isn’t any.”

Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden went on to deny his father was involved in his business deals - Anna Moneymaker/Getty

The committees agreed to release a full transcript of the hearing after it concludes in a bid to prevent selective leaks to the press.

Speaking ahead of the deposition, Jim Jordan, who leads the House judiciary committee, said he planned to “probe” Hunter on his father’s involvement in deals with Chinese and Ukrainian energy companies.

Republicans had relied on evidence from Alexander Smirnov, a former FBI informant, who claimed executives associated with Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid Joe and Hunter Biden $5 million (£4 million) each in 2015 and 2016.

However, Mr Smirnov, who allegedly has “extensive” contacts with Russian intelligence agencies, was in February charged with fabricating claims about the president and his son.

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