Dem Rep: Biden Must Clear Up Answers on Son’s Ukraine Dealing

• September 23, 2019 12:45 pm


Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D., Texas) said on CNN Monday that he wanted former Vice President Joe Biden to provide an explanation for the contradicting answers that Biden and his son Hunter have given regarding Hunter's foreign business dealings.

Gonzalez endorsed Biden following the September primary debate. "Vice President Joe Biden demonstrated statesmanship and leadership," Gonzalez said in a statement. "He demonstrated the values and characters I know and respect, that voters are looking for in their candidate for president and that they too know and respect."

CNN host Poppy Harlow asked Gonzalez about the ongoing controversy over Hunter Biden's position on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. As vice president, Joe Biden publicly pressured the Ukrainian government to fire the top prosecutor who was investigating the oligarch who owned Burisma.

Harlow played for Gonzalez a clip of Joe Biden telling a reporter on Saturday, "I've never spoken to my son about his overseas business." But Hunter Biden told the New Yorker in July that he and his father had discussed the matter during the Obama presidency.

"[Joe Biden] says ‘never,' and then the New Yorker piece in July quotes Hunter Biden as saying his father and he did discuss that company, and said, ‘Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you're doing…'" Harlow noted. "Does it raise any questions for you?"

"Well clearly something needed to be cleared up at this point," Gonzalez responded. "So yes, of course, I would want an explanation on that. I hold whoever I support responsible regardless what party they're in."