For a brief moment, Hunter Biden filled the screen of the virtual Democratic National Convention.
The youngest son of pending Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden has been mostly out of sight during the campaign but popped up at the convention in a video tribute to his step-mother Jill Biden.
“Mom, it is your strength that holds this family together and I know that you will make us whole again,” Hunter Biden says in the video clip from his brother Beau Biden’s funeral in 2015.
Hunter Biden has become a liability for the Biden campaign with President Trump and Republicans questioning his hugely profitable business dealings while his father served as vice president in the Obama White House.
With the video clip from the funeral, the Biden campaign found a way to briefly include Hunter Biden in the convention while presenting him in a setting that largely precluded criticism.
The elder Mr. Biden and his son have insisted they did nothing wrong and did not discuss business deals with each other.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee is investigating Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine, where he landed a lucrative job at a Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings while Mr. Biden was running Obama administration policy in that graft-riddled country.
The president’s push for Ukraine to investigate alleged corruption involving the Bidens led to Mr. Trump’s impeachment by the Democrat-led House, though he was acquitted by the GOP-led Senate.
Burisma paid Hunter Biden, who had no experience in the energy business, about $50,000 per month.
In a separate 2013 deal, the elder Mr. Biden and his son flew aboard Air Force Two to Beijing. Within weeks, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China and BHR was born, according to Peter Schweizer’s book “Secret Empires.”
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