Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, for the first time on Sunday defended his work in Ukraine and China, after sustained criticism from President Donald Trump that has embroiled the President in an impeachment inquiry, Reuters reported.
Biden, who has remained silent for months in the face of the attacks, said through his attorney that he was stepping down from the board of a Chinese company that has been the subject of criticism from Trump and his allies. He added that he would not work for a foreign-owned company if his father is elected president in 2020.
“Hunter undertook these business activities independently,” his attorney George Mesires said in a statement. “He did not believe it appropriate to discuss them with his father, nor did he.”
Trump’s accusations against Hunter Biden – which he has levied without any evidence – and his efforts to get officials in Ukraine to investigate, led Democrats in the U.S. House last month to begin an impeachment inquiry into the President.
Democrats assert Trump risked U.S. national security when he withheld aide to Ukraine while simultaneously pressing the country to investigate the Bidens for his own political gain, Reuters adds.
If impeached, Trump could face a trial in the U.S. Senate where the ultimate punishment would be removal from office.