Biden Did Not Meet With Ukrainian Energy Executive, Campaign Says

Joseph Biden’s campaign rejected assertions made in a published report that were based on unverified material provided by Rudy Giuliani, a staunch ally of President Trump.


By Katie Glueck

The Biden campaign on Wednesday rejected a New York Post report that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had met with an adviser to the Ukrainian energy company associated with his son Hunter Biden, a claim based on material provided by Republican allies of President Trump who have tried for months to tarnish Mr. Biden over his son.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, Andrew Bates, said that Mr. Biden’s official schedules showed no meeting between Mr. Biden and an adviser to the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, on which Hunter Biden served. The Post story cited an email allegedly sent from that adviser, Vadym Pozharskyi, to Hunter Biden, thanking him for “giving an opportunity to meet your father” and to spend “some time together.”

“We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place,” Mr. Bates said.

The authenticity of the email correspondence cited by The Post could not be independently verified.

Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings have been a subject of intense Republican focus over the last year, including his ties to a Ukrainian company while Mr. Biden, as vice president, worked on Ukraine policy. Both Bidens have said that the two did not discuss Ukraine with each other. An investigation by Senate Republicans — and significant scrutiny of the issue over the last year — have found no evidence that Mr. Biden, the former vice president, engaged in wrongdoing over his son’s business dealings.

Facebook said on Wednesday that it had decided to limit the distribution of the story on its platform, saying that it invited additional fact-checking. A Twitter spokesman, citing its “hacked materials policy’’ also said the service would block links to the story and images of it from being posted on its platform.

But the Trump campaign and its Republican allies have been eager to promote it. Mr. Trump, who trails Mr. Biden in many key battleground states with just three weeks to go until Election Day, has struggled for months to negatively define Mr. Biden. The president has careened from baseless attacks on Mr. Biden’s mental acuity to casting him as an enemy of law enforcement personnel and even of the suburbs.

The president’s criticisms of Hunter Biden have been a constant throughout the election cycle, and Mr. Trump’s debate-stage attack last month on the younger Mr. Biden’s struggles with addiction was one of the most viciously personal of the campaign.

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