As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden faces a tightening race against President Donald Trump, new allegations about his son’s international business ties could derail his latest White House bid.
A recent New York Post article cited leaked emails that appeared to show the former vice president had been involved in Hunter Biden’s foreign deals — and a new survey indicates a majority of likely voters believe the arrangement constituted a conflict of interest.
The latest allegations
The elder Biden had been at the helm of the nation’s policies regarding Ukraine while serving in the Obama administration.
Meanwhile, his son was enjoying a lucrative seat on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma Holdings, that had been under investigation for suspected corruption.
In light of the latest revelations suggesting he was more involved in Hunter Biden’s deals than he had previously acknowledged, polling results published by Just the News show that 53% of respondents believe the arrangement constituted a conflict.
Less than half that number feel the former vice president did not cross any moral or ethical lines, while the remaining 21% said they were undecided.
Speculation surrounding Hunter Biden’s seat on the Burisma board have swirled for some time, but the latest bombshell ties Joe Biden into the scheme with the claim that the then-vice president met with an adviser for the foreign company.
“Politicizing the intelligence”
In recent days, the presidential hopeful and others in his party have attempted to dismiss the latest accusations as a Russian disinformation campaign.
After U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made such a claim, however, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe issued a statement dismissing the notion, as reported by the New York Post.
“It’s funny that some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. “Unfortunately, it is Adam Schiff who said the intelligence community believes the Hunter Biden laptop and emails on it are part of a Russian disinformation campaign.”
For his part, the former vice president offered his most direct response to questions about the claims this week, saying there is “no basis” to the scandal and described it as “a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign” to smear his family’s name ahead of the election.
With less than two weeks until votes are tallied, however, it is clear that plenty of voters remain suspicious.