‘This is a really bad conflict of interest’
President Donald Trump said that Russia’s sanctions against Joe Biden and his son Hunter were a reminder of the millions the Biden family allegedly received from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.
The Bidens, along with other Biden administration officials and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have been put on a “stop list” that prevents them from traveling to Russia.
Moscow said the sanctions were a response to the U.S. imposing sanctions on Russian officials, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, amid the Ukraine war.
Trump said in a statement Tuesday:
“Russia just sanctioned Joe Biden. While that is a terrible thing, in so many ways, perhaps it will now be explained why the Biden family received 3.5 million dollars from the very wealthy former Mayor of Moscow’s wife,” Trump said.
“During our Presidential Debate, ‘moderator’ Chris Wallace, then of Fox, would not let me ask that question. He said it was inappropriate,” the 45th president added.
“Perhaps that’s why Biden has been so ‘slow on the draw’ with Russia.
“This is a really bad conflict of interest that will, perhaps now, be fully and finally revealed!” Trump said.
President Donald J. Trump:
“Breaking News: Russia just sanctioned Joe Biden. While that is a terrible thing, in so many ways, perhaps it will now be explained why the Biden family received 3.5 million dollars from the very wealthy former Mayor of Moscow’s wife… pic.twitter.com/81gntDOQL9
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 15, 2022
Trump asked Biden in the first presidential debate in September 2020, “Why is it, just out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave your son $3.5 million?”
“That is not true,” Biden responded in reference to the payment Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.
In 2009, Hunter co-founded Rosemont Seneca, but it wasn’t clear his relationship with Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, Politifact reported.
As the Western Journal noted:
Hunter’s lawyer, George Mesires, denied that his client had a stake in the firm, but did not provide documentation to Politifact to substantiate the claim.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs issued a report in Sept. 2020 determining that Hunter is a co-founder of Rosemont Seneca Thornton and did get the payment.
“Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow,” the report says on Page 5.
“What did he do to deserve it? What did he do with Burisma?” Trump also asked, referencing Hunter Biden’s reported monthly salary for serving on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, Ltd.
“None of that is true,” Biden said.
Trump stated the pay was $183,000, though the New York Post reported Hunter was receiving $1 million per year, or $83,333 per month for consulting services from May 2014 to March 2017, when his pay was reduced to $41,500 per month.
“Hunter resigned from the Burisma board in April 2019, according to his lawyer George Mesires, after his controversial business dealings dogged his father’s presidential campaign,” the Post said.