CNN's Zeleny: Joe Biden hasn't done interviews recently to avoid 'Hunter Biden-like questions'

CNN senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported Sunday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' MORE avoided interviews this past week "because he didn’t want to specifically be asked a lot of Hunter Biden–like questions."

Zeleny's comment comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE has stepped up his attacks against Biden, accusing the former vice president of pushing to fire a Ukrainian senior prosecutor who had at one point investigated an energy company where Biden's son served as a board member.


There is no evidence to support Trump's claims. The Obama administration has said it sought the firing of the prosecutor because of concerns that he was not doing enough to fight corruption.

Biden has done no sit-down interviews with traditional broadcast media outlets since Trump began leveling his attacks on the Bidens regarding Ukraine.

"This is a complicated area of discussion for the former vice president. I’m told [Biden] did not want to sit down for interviews or other things this week because he didn’t want to specifically be asked a lot of Hunter Biden–like questions," Zeleny said on "Inside Politics."

Biden did take questions following a speech to the Service Employees International Union in Los Angeles on Friday, including one from a reporter who asked him about a possible conflict of interest. 

“How was your role as vice president in charge of policy in Ukraine and your son’s job in Ukraine, how is that not a conflict of interest?” the reporter asked.

“It’s not a conflict of interest. There’s been no indication of any conflict of interest from Ukraine or anywhere else. Period. I’m not going to respond to that,” Biden responded.