There could have been so many thing to say, but he just had to go there…
Hunter Biden, the son of 2020 Democratic hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden, brushed off President Donald Trump’s call for an investigation into his overseas powers company dealings.
In a post released Monday by The New Yorker, Hunter Biden said he also noticed a helicopter flying overhead when he first saw reports of Trump’s threats.
“I said, ‘I hope they’re taking pictures of us right now. I hope it’s a live feed of the President so he can see just how much I care about the tweets,'” he told the magazine. He added that he also told his new wife, Melissa Cohen, “I don’t care. F*** you, Mr. President. Here I am, living my life.”
In May, during an interview with Fox News anchor Steve Hilton, Trump said the Justice Department should introduce a probe into the former vice president and the economic links of his son with China and Ukraine “one hundred percent”
The president also said that an investigation would “be an appropriate thing” to discuss with Attorney General William Barr. Barr, who joined the Trump administration in February, was charged with serving as the president’s defense lawyer and got numerous calls from former federal attorneys and Democratic legislators to resign.
Trump’s calls for an investigation against the Bidens arose after conservative author Peter Schweizer claimed in his 2018 novel that while his dad was vice president, Hunter Biden was cashing in on overseas company deals.
Hunter Biden and his company partner, Devon Archer, were engaged in a company called BHR Partners, which allegedly pursued a Bank of China investment. Hunter Biden and his daughter Finnegan accompanied his dad to encounter President Xi Jinping on a trip to Beijing in December 2013. Schweizer proposed that Hunter Biden used to trip to secure a deal with the Chinese bank.
In 2016, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees unless Ukraine removed a top prosecutor who had been accused of overlooking corruption in his own office (the prosecutor was later voted out by the country’s parliament). Hunter Biden was a board member of a Ukranian energy company the prosecutor had been looking into, according to a report by The New York Times. But there is no evidence that then-vice president Biden wanted to remove the prosecutor in order to protect his son.
Hunter Biden told The New Yorker that he felt the foreign business dealings were, at the time, the “right decisions for my family and me” but that it “certainly wasn’t worth the grief.”
“I would never have been able to predict that Donald Trump would have picked me out as the tip of the spear against the one person they believe can beat them,” he added.
Democrats have accused Trump of threatening baseless investigations in order to weaken his political opponents. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff slammed the president for promoting the evidence-free allegations against Biden and his family in order to weaken the former vice president ahead of the 2020 election.
Early 2020 polling has shown Biden as the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s nomination and a serious challenger to President Trump. Trump’s own internal polling conducted in March showed Biden defeating him in key states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
“Going after his son is just a method of going after someone the president believes is his most formidable opponent,” Schiff told ABC News in May.