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With allegations of corruption flying from both sides during the final presidential debate, shady activities of both candidates are drawing attention as election day approaches. But what are the accusations of corruption facing the two candidates?

Corruption allegations against Joe Biden Show more Show less

Joe Biden has received large campaign donations and voted controversially on key issues. His son Hunter is also at the centre of several corruption scandals.
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Joe Biden was implicated in corruption scandals relating to his son Hunter

Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, leveraged his father’s political influence for financial gain. Joe Biden also used his influence to protect Hunter’s business interests.
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Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, used his father’s position for his own financial gain. Hunter joined the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas firm, at a salary reported to be up to $50,000 a month, where he arranged an introduction between Joe Biden and Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma.[1] Whilst holding a board position is not problematic in itself, Hunter Biden had no obvious qualifications or experience relevant to the role, suggesting he was hired to leverage the then-Vice President’s political power.[2] In 2016, Joe Biden called for the removal of Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma and other companies for corruption, and put pressure on the Ukrainian President and Prime Minister to ensure this happened.[1] This was at the same time that Biden was working on US-Ukraine policy as Vice President, and he specifically called for stronger anti-corruption measures.[3] Hunter Biden is also rumoured to have received $3.5 million in ‘consultancy fees’ from Russian businesswoman Yelena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.[4] It is also alleged that Hunter has profited from providing Chinese nationals with links to the Chinese government with introductions with Joe Biden. These cases show Hunter Biden profiting greatly from his father’s political influence, and Joe Biden in turn using that influence to support Hunter’s business interests.

Counter arguments

The main source of the allegations, a report by the New York Post, has been criticised for failing to verify many of its claims, with one journalist refusing to put his name to the article.[5] There is also little evidence that Hunter Biden received the alleged $3.5 million, according to his lawyer - the sum was paid to a company with a name similar to one that Hunter has shares in.[6] There was also a wide consensus that the Ukranian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin was himself corrupt. Whilst Joe Biden may have called for his removal, the US government, the IMF and the EU also shared his view[7] - to blame Joe Biden is to exaggerate his personal influence. Burisma was not charged for any wrongdoing.

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References

  1. https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/
  2. https://www.vox.com/21527215/hunter-biden-jared-ivanka-eric-don-junior
  3. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/joe-biden-neoliberal-democrat-conservative-lobbying
  4. https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/19/the-biden-corruption-scandal-isnt-about-hunter-its-about-joe/
  5. https://fortune.com/2020/10/23/trump-biden-debate-2020-election-corruption-china-ukraine/
  6. https://www.politifact.com/article/2020/sep/30/examining-trump-claim-hunter-biden-got-35-million-/
  7. https://www.vox.com/2020/10/14/21515776/hunter-biden-emails-giuliani
This page was last edited on Friday, 30 Oct 2020 at 09:26 UTC

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