Biden flip-flops, now says he did talk to his son about Burisma job

Biden flip-flops, now says he did talk to his son about Burisma job
Image: LU Staff via YouTube screen grab

Joe Biden hasn’t had an easy time of it. Ever since he boasted on the campaign trail about having pressured the president of Ukraine into dropping an investigation of his son, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, the walls have been closing in.

No matter how hard his Democratic allies in Congress have tried to make this all about Donald Trump’s phone call to the Ukraine in which he inquired about the progress of that investigation, Biden is being made to answer questions. And he doesn’t like it.

He didn’t like it when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked him in September how many times he had spoken to his son Hunter about his overseas business dealings. Biden snapped back:

I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings. And here’s what I know, I know Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him the question, why is he on the phone with a foreign leader trying to intimidate a foreign leader, if that’s what happened, that appears to be what happened, you should be looking at Trump. Everybody looked at this, and everybody’s looked at it and said there’s nothing there. Ask the right questions!

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Then came the photo. It was Oct. 1 and another Fox News reporter, Tucker Carlson, presented the photo below.

The individual on the far left is Devon Archer, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings at the same time as Hunter Biden. Is it possible that the elder Biden played a round of golf with Archer without having learned his name or connection to his son?

If so, that possibility was squelched on Thursday when Fox News ran an audio in which Joe Biden admits that he did talk to his son about his membership on the board of Burisma and even recalls offering the fatherly advice “I sure hope the hell you know what you’re doing.” The soundbite comes at 1:37 in the following video, which also provides further testimony from Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelensky that Trump never pressed him to reopen the investigation into Hunter Biden.

Biden has recently said that he supports his party’s move to impeach Trump. But if the impeachment goes forward, light will undoubtedly be shed on his and his son’s dealings abroad. That could not only derail Biden’s campaign but has the potential to land both of them in legal hot water.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.