Former Vice President Joe Biden insisted during the Democratic President's primary debate on Tuesday night that neither he nor his son Hunter did anything "wrong" about the younger Biden's previous work in Ukraine.
Biden was asked why his son could have a lucrative role serving on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings, while leading US-Ukraine policy as former President Barack Obama's vice president.
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"My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong, Biden said. "I implemented the US government policy, which was to eradicate corruption in Ukraine and that's what we should focus on."
Hunter Biden, earlier Tuesday during an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America," also defended his role, claiming he did nothing wrong, even though he acknowledged it was "bad judgment" to have joined the company's board of directors.
"I know I did nothing wrong at all. Was it bad judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in many ways? Yes, "the younger Biden said Tuesday morning.
He also acknowledged in the interview that if he had a different surname, he would not have been appointed to the Board of Burisma.
During the debate, Biden continued to defend his son and say that his "statement speaks for itself" and that the focus should be on President Trump asking Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.
"Rudy Giuliani, the president and his tow have already proven that they are flat-out lies," Biden said .
Ukraine's controversy began when a whistleblower reported that the president had driven Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into the Biden family's business in Ukraine ̵
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The whistle-blower report and the fallout from the transcript of the highly controversial Trump-Zelensky telephone conversation this summer triggered a formal investigation into impeachment in the House of Representatives. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said Tuesday that the House would not vote, at this time, to formalize the procedural process.
Biden argued on Tuesday that Trump's efforts were only because of his concerns about his 2020 re-election opportunities, especially against Biden. Several polls have shown that Biden is Dem's president in frontal speech throughout the primaries, and some have further suggested that he should have an advantage against Trump in a general election.
"What we need to do now is focus on Donald Trump," Biden went on, repeating a line he has often used on social media. "He doesn't want me to be a candidate. He goes after me because he knows if I get a nomination, I will hit him like a drum. "