Republicans reacted to news of Hunter Biden’s decision to step away from the Chinese-backed BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Co. with deep skepticism.
Hunter Biden said on Sunday that he would step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month—as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency.
“I think this is just another way to save a flailing campaign that’s going down,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” ″He knows he’s in trouble and this is just another way to try and detract attention
.@RepDougCollins reacts to news that Hunter Biden will resign from the board of a Chinese private equity company⬇️
“This just shows you how much this is a messed-up situation.” pic.twitter.com/myl0EMsEs4
— GOP (@GOP) October 13, 2019
On the same show, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Hunter Biden “should have done this quite a while ago.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz reacted to the news, “Maybe he resigned because the Board meeting trips were no Barisma.”
Maybe he resigned because the Board meeting trips were no Barisma.
“[H]e attended Burisma board meetings…He said that…while in Monte Carlo for a meeting, he went to a hotel night club and used cocaine that a stranger offered him in the bathroom. “https://t.co/IohTsRO0lD https://t.co/LEKrIgOApn
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) October 13, 2019
Hunter’s attorney, George Mesires, noted that there is no evidence of wrongdoing against Hunter Biden.
“Despite extensive scrutiny, at no time has any law enforcement agency, either domestic or foreign, alleged that Hunter engaged in wrongdoing at any point during his five-year term,” Mesires said in his Sunday post of Biden’s experience in Ukraine.
But GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel doubted, “If there was nothing wrong (as Joe Biden claims) with Hunter‘s foreign business dealings, why did he just step down?”
Mesires wrote that Hunter Biden worked as an unpaid board member for BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Co. “based on his interest in seeking ways to bring Chinese capital to international markets.”
However, Fox News contributor Dan Bongino raised a question, “What value did Hunter Biden add in Ukraine and China? He had zero experience in the regions and less than zero experience in the energy sector. What exactly were the companies involved in the million-dollar deals with Biden paying for?”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had the same question, “The key question in Tuesday night’s debate will be if anyone has courage to ask Biden to explain what his son Hunter did that was worth $600,000 a year from Ukrainian natural gas company when he knew nothing about the industry or company. It is the donkey in the room.”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.