Oe Biden’s son Hunter and his business dealings in Ukraine have been the subject of fierce debate ahead of the November 2020 presidential race.
Donald Trump and his allies have accused President Biden of improperly intervening in Ukrainian affairs to protect his son Hunter from a criminal investigation.
Previously, Democrats tried to impeach Mr. Trump for an alleged attempt to coerce the President of Ukraine into digging up the Biden family.
But who is Hunter Biden, what is his connection to Ukraine, and why was he important to the 2020 US election?
Here’s all you need to know:
Hunter, 49, is an American lawyer and businessman and Mr. Biden’s second son.
His brother Beau, Mr Biden’s eldest son, died of a brain tumor in 2015 at the age of 56.
He is a founding partner of the investment and consulting firm Rosemont Seneca Partners.
What are its links with Ukraine and China?
Hunter Biden served on the board of Ukraine’s largest private gas company, Burisma, between 2014 and 2019.
He was reportedly paid up to $ 50,000 per month by the energy company.
In February 2014, the country was rocked by the Maidan Revolution, which saw pro-Western politician Petro Poroshenko take the presidency – with the backing of the US government.
As a result, between 2014 and 2016, Hunter’s father visited Ukraine a dozen times on official duty.
The issue of a possible conflict of interest – with Hunter raising huge sums of money in a country where his father was actively working with the government – was raised publicly at the time.
Mr Biden reportedly told his son, “I hope you know what you are doing.”
âYes,â Hunter replied.
Hunter was also a board member of a Chinese private equity fund, BHR. He took on the role in 2013 when his father was Vice President of the United States.
BHR is backed by some of China’s largest state-owned banks.
However, he resigned from the board in April 2020 – while retaining a 10% stake in its shares.
What was on his alleged laptop?
A New York Post article, allegedly based on evidence from a laptop belonging to Hunter, claimed that President Biden had met one of his son’s Ukrainian associates.
The article alleged that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma, thanked Hunter for inviting him to meet with President Biden in Washington.
Biden’s election campaign claims no meeting has ever taken place.
Another email from the alleged laptop claims that Hunter Biden receives $ 10 million a year from a Chinese billionaire for “presentations only.”
What are the other allegations against him?
The subject of Hunter Biden’s trade relations in Ukraine was raised several times in the run-up to the 2020 election.
Donald Trump has been indicted for allegedly trying to pressure the Ukrainian president to find potentially damaging information about the Biden family.
For his part, Trump alleges that President Biden, as vice president, pressured the Ukrainian government to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor because he had investigated Burisma.
President Biden’s position on the prosecutor is that he was removed from office because of his tolerance for corruption.