Biden says family will avoid business conflicts

Biden says family will avoid business conflicts
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE said Thursday that his family members would not be engaged in business interests that present conflicts of interest when he assumes the presidency.

“My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise, that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict, with the appropriate distance from, the presidency and government,” Biden told CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE in an interview Thursday.

Biden’s son, Hunter, came under scrutiny during the campaign as a result of his decision to take a position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when Biden was vice president during the Obama administration.


President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE and his allies promoted a contested theory about Joe Biden pushing for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor to assist his son, which ultimately led to the president’s impeachment by the House last year. Trump was accused of soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election by pressing Ukraine's president to investigate the Bidens.

Hunter Biden has defended his work for the company and there is no evidence that he or his father engaged in any wrongdoing, despite Republican-led investigations into the matter. But Hunter Biden said last year that he regretted exposing his father to attacks from his political opponents.

Trump’s own family business interests have raised questions about potential conflicts of interest during his time in office. Trump did not divest from his business empire but instead handed control of it to his sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr.

Thursday’s sitdown marked Biden’s first joint interview with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Trump approval rating relatively unchanged in wake of Capitol rioting: NBC News poll Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE since they won the presidential election last month. Trump has refused to concede and instead leveled unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud and the election being “stolen” from him.