Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) defended former Vice President Joe Biden and Bidens son Hunter Biden over the weekend, asserting that neither did anything wrong in their dealings with Ukraine.
“Should Hunter Biden have taken this role with Burisma while his father was vice president?” CNNs “State of the Union” host asked Murphy on Nov. 17.
“Well, I think in an interview Hunter Biden himself admitted that he had possibly made a mistake. But lets be clear, Hunter Biden didnt do anything illegal and his father, the vice president, didnt do anything illegal or unethical,” Murphy responded.
“And all of these attacks on the Bidens and the effort to bring the whistleblower in to testify are just an attempt to try to put more chum in the water and distract from the corrupt scheme that is at the heart of this inquiry.”
The impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump was launched after a person filed a complaint against the president for alleged untoward conduct during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the inquiry, Trumps White House released a call transcript showing Trump requesting Zelensky “look into” the Bidens.
Joe Biden last year said that while still in office in 2016, he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine unless President Petro Poroshenko ousted Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was probing Hunter Bidens Ukrainian employer Burisma.
Both Bidens have denied wrongdoing, though as Murphy referenced on CNN, Hunter Biden said he made a mistake taking the position with Burisma while his father was in office.