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WASHINGTON ― For years, Republican members of Congress have described the president’s son as a corrupt wastrel with no enterprise on the board of a Ukrainian fuel firm.

On Wednesday, Hunter Biden got here to Capitol Hill and advised Republicans that not solely was he certified for his job with Burisma, however he had a extra spectacular enterprise background than any of them.

“You guys have gone out and said I had no credibility, no ― that there’s no way that I should’ve been serving on the board of Burisma,” Biden stated, in keeping with a transcript launched Thursday.

“I just read you my resume,” he stated. “I’d put my resume up against any of you, in terms of my responsibility.”

It was one in every of a number of combative moments from a seven-hour deposition Republicans held Wednesday as a part of their impeachment inquiry in opposition to President Joe Biden. Republicans haven’t uncovered any official wrongdoing by the president regardless of months of looking for bribes and improper participation in his son’s enterprise offers.

The youthful Biden created an on the spot controversy when he took a high-paying place on Burisma’s board in 2014, whereas his father, then the vp, served because the face of U.S. international coverage towards Ukraine.

State Department officers privately complained that the job created the looks of a battle of curiosity, and Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to announce an investigation, withholding navy help in an extortion scheme that triggered his first impeachment. Those similar officers stated, nevertheless, that Biden’s Burisma job had no impact on U.S. international coverage.

Republicans have resurrected Trump’s corruption allegations and made them Exhibit A of their impeachment inquiry in opposition to President Joe Biden, claiming his son was ineffective to Burisma besides as a conduit for bribes to his father.

The youthful Biden has admitted his final title helped him get the board place, saying it helped Burisma ship a message to Vladimir Putin, who had launched an invasion of Ukraine. But he’s additionally insisted that he was certified ― and he appeared to relish the possibility to say so to Republicans immediately.

“I don’t know anybody that was, at that time, that was teaching the No. 1 rated course at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in the master’s program in terms of foreign policy and advocacy,” Hunter Biden stated. “I literally was on 17 ― like, 12 different boards. I only listed like, you know, 10 of them. And so I had an enormous amount of reasons to be on it.”

He repeatedly requested his personal questions through the deposition. In response to queries about his father assembly his enterprise associates for dinner, he requested Republicans if that they had an issue with Donald Trump’s son-in-law touchdown a $2 billion cope with the Saudi authorities shortly after serving as an advisor to the president.

“When Jared Kushner flies over to Saudi Arabia, picks up $2 billion, comes back, and puts it in his pocket, OK, and he is running for president of the United States, you guys have any problem with that?”

(Democrats claimed that a number of Republicans nodded in settlement in response to the Kushner comment.)

When Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) requested if Biden was on medicine when he was on the Burisma board, Biden requested a loaded query of his personal.

“Mr. Gaetz, look me in the eye. You really think that’s appropriate to ask me?”

“Absolutely,” Gaetz stated.

“Of all the people sitting around this table, do you think that’s appropriate to ask me?” Biden stated, seemingly alluding to allegations of drug use which have swirled round Gaetz.

Biden detailed his dependancy to crack cocaine in his 2021 memoir, “Beautiful Things,” however Gaetz has apparently not learn the e-book.

“I was an addict. I have been in recovery for over 4 1/2 years now, Mr. Gaetz,” Biden stated. “Yes, I was an addict. What does that have to do with whether or not you’re going to go forward with an impeachment of my father other than to simply try to embarrass me?”

As for Burisma, Biden stated he introduced experience on company governance to an organization that wished to raise its monetary requirements.

“My responsibilities were like any other board member, to attend board meetings, to be aware of what the management was doing to try to strive for, you know, accountability, transparency, openness in terms of the reporting, to go through the financials and make certain that the financials were certified by a [certified public accountant],” Biden stated.

Biden initially refused to take a seat for a closed-door deposition when Republicans despatched him a subpoena final yr, insisting as a substitute on public testimony, earlier than altering his thoughts and sitting for Wednesday’s interview.

House Oversight Committee chair James Comer (R-Ky.) stated this week that he nonetheless desires to have a public listening to, but it surely’s not clear if Biden stays keen. Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, famous in an announcement after the deposition that the supply of a key bribery allegation has been charged with fabricating the declare and mendacity to the FBI.

“This illegitimate inquiry should have ended long before their star witness was indicted for lying but it wasn’t,” Lowell stated. “Now that Hunter has put this partisan conspiracy to the lie that it is ― on the record and under oath ― this political charade should finally come to an end.”