Hunter Biden on Sunday insisted it was not a “mistake” to take a lucrative seat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was overseeing US policy to battle corruption in the country.
In the tearful interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” the president’s son also claimed he couldn’t “remember” leaving a laptop at a Delaware repair shop — which became the center of a Post expose about his dealings with energy firm Burisma
“I don’t think I made a mistake in taking a spot on that board. I think I made a mistake in terms of underestimating the way it would be used against me,” he said of his gig while his dad was vice president.
Asked if he at least understood the bad “optics” of being on the company’s board, he said he didn’t.
“Because I really didn’t. I’m being as honest as I possibly can. All I know is not one investigative body, not one serious journalist has ever accused has ever come to the conclusion that I did anything wrong, that my father did anything wrong,” he responded in the interview to promote his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” which will be released Tuesday.
The Post last October revealed that Hunter Biden introduced his father to a top executive at Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company that had been investigated for corruption.
The revelations were contained in a series of emails found on a laptop that Hunter dropped off at a Delaware computer repair company but forgot to pick up.
Hunter said there could be a laptop out there, but he couldn’t recall if he dropped the one that included the emails at the shop.
“Not that I remember at all,” he said.
“Certainly, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me, that could be that I was hacked, it could be that it was Russian intelligence, it could be that it was stolen from me,” Hunter said.
The president’s son was paid as much as $50,000 a month for being a member of the board.