When you’re facing a personal crisis, it’s nice when people come to your support, though I’m not sure this is what Hunter Biden was hoping for in the midst of the saga over his alleged laptop computer and alleged improper dealings with Russia, China and Ukraine. Today Russian President Vladimir Putin took time during his address on Russian state TV to talk about President Trump’s accusations during the final presidential debate last Thursday that Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden engaged in unethical shenanigans in Ukraine. Joe Biden said it’s a smear campaign and not true, and Putin felt compelled to weigh in on it.
“Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don’t know. It doesn’t concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,” Reuters quoted Putin as saying. “But well, yes, he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money.
“I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this being criminal,” Putin added.
President Trump referenced the accusation that Hunter had been wired $3.5 million from Yelena Baturina, a businesswoman and the widow of the former mayor of Moscow, in 2014. That amount was allegedly sent to a firm called Rosemont Seneca Thornton as a payment for a “consultancy agreement.”
Reports have said that Hunter Biden was the co-founder and CEO of an investment firm named Rosemont Seneca Advisors. Putin is saying he had no knowledge of a business relationship between Hunter Biden and Baturina, and the younger Biden’s lawyer, George Mesires, tossed aside the claims as well in an email to International Business Times.
“The Senate report falsely alleges that Hunter Biden had a financial relationship with Russian business executive Yelena Baturina and that he received $3.5 million from Baturina.
“Hunter Biden had no interest in and was not a co-founder of Rosemont Seneca Thornton, so the claim that he was paid $3.5 million is false.”
Members and staff of the Republican majority on the Senate Finance and Homeland Security committees, who released the report, declined to show proof when asked to respond to the allegations against Hunter Biden. When asked if Biden was named in any “suspicious activity” report, the Republicans also refused to respond.
Let’s see what happens tomorrow!