Biden: ‘My Son Did Nothing Wrong. I Did Nothing Wrong’

By Melanie Arter | October 15, 2019 | 9:20pm EDT
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( - Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that neither he nor his son Hunter did anything wrong, and that all he did was carry out U.S. policy in “rooting out corruption in Ukraine.”

During Tuesday’s CNN/New York Times Democratic presidential debate, CNN’s Anderson Cooper said, “The impeachment inquiry is centered on President Trump's attempts to get political dirt on Vice President Biden and his son. President Trump has falsely accused your son of doing something wrong while serving on a company board in Ukraine.

“I want to point out there's no evidence of wrongdoing by either one of you. Having said that on Sunday, you announced if you are president, no one in your family will be involved in any foreign businesses. My question is, if it's not okay for a president's family to be involved in foreign businesses, why was it okay for your son when you were vice president?” Cooper asked Biden.

“My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States in rooting out corruption in Ukraine. That's what we should be focusing on. What I wanted to make a point about -- my son's statement speaks for itself. He spoke about it today. My son's statement speaks for itself. What I think is important is we focus on why it's so important to remove this man from office,” Biden said.

“On the -- look, the fact that George Washington on the first time he spoke after being elected, that we had to worry about is foreign interference in our elections. It was the greatest threat to America. This president on three occasions, three occasions has invited foreign governments and heads of government to get engaged in trying to alter our elections,” he said.

“The fact is that it is outrageous. Rudy Giuliani, the president and his thugs have already proven that they, in fact, are flat lying. What we have to do now is focus on Donald Trump. He doesn't want me to be the candidate. He is going after me because he knows if I get the nomination, I will beat him like a drum,” Biden said.

Anderson asked: “Mr. Vice President, as you’ve said your son Hunter today gave an interview, admitted that he made a mistake and showed poor judgment by serving on the board. Did you make a mistake by letting him? You were the point person at the time.”

“My son's statement speaks for itself. I did my job. I never discussed a single thing with my son about anything having do with Ukraine. No one has indicated I have. We have kept everything separate, even when my son was the attorney general of the state of Delaware. We never discussed anything. There would be no potential conflict. My son made a judgment. I'm proud of the judgment he made. I'm proud of what he had to ,say. Let's focus on this. The fact of the matter is that this is about Trump's corruption. That's what we should be focusing on,” Biden responded.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said “it’s absolutely imperative” that Congress moves forward with impeaching Trump.

“I hope that he is impeached, but I think what would be a disaster, if the American people believe that all we were doing is taking on Trump. We're forgetting that 87 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured. We are forgetting about the existential threat of climate change. We are forgetting about the fact that half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck,” Sanders said.

“What we have to do is end this corruption, set a precedent for future history that says presidents like this cannot behave this way. We cannot and must not turn our backs on the pain of the working class of this country,” she said.


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