US president Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani dragged Romania’s name into the scandal between Trump and former vice president Joe Biden but left everyone guessing what could be Joe Biden’s controversial connection to Romania.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who is now under scrutiny for his dealings in Ukraine and China during his father’s term as US vice president, apparently also had business interests in Romania, according to the local media. Hunter Biden was involved in real estate business in Bucharest and allegedly tried to lobby in favor of local real estate tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu in 2017, before and after he was sentenced to jail in a high-profile corruption case, sources close to Popoviciu told local G4Media.ro.
In May this year, reports by Fox News and the New York Times mentioned Hunter Biden’s connection to Gabriel Popoviciu.
“In addition to his work in Ukraine for the energy company Burisma, Hunter Biden advised a Romanian businessman with ties to the United States, Gabriel Popoviciu, whose real estate dealings had come under investigation, according to people familiar with the arrangement, which has not been previously reported. The investigation, which came as the United States and its allies were pushing Romania to clamp down on corruption, led to Mr. Popoviciu’s conviction and a prison sentence,” reads an article in the New York Times.
US president Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said in a TV show on Fox News that he had proof about former vice-president Joe Biden’s alleged dealings in Romania. Giuliani accused news outlets in the US of failing to investigate corruption allegations against the former vice president and purposely ignoring them.
When the anchor told Giuliani that the interview was nearly over, he insisted he had more revelations to make. “I haven’t got to Romania. Wait until we get to Romania,” he said waving his tablet, suggesting that he had the information there.
Biden publicly admitted in an event that he leveraged USD 1 billion worth of military aid to Ukraine to have the country’s general prosecutor dismissed. However, the former US VP said that other Western leaders were also asking for the Ukrainian general prosecutor’s dismissal as he was not doing his job and was suspected of corruption.
Meanwhile, Trump and Giuliani claim that Biden had the Ukrainian prosecutor fired because he was investigating his son, Hunter, who was a member of the board of a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings. They haven’t presented any proof about that, however.
The scandal took a new turn recently after a whistleblower revealed that president Trump tried to pressure the new Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. The whistleblower also alleged that Trump leveraged USD 400 million in aid to Ukraine to have his opponent investigated. This triggered impeachment proceedings against the US president.
Joe Biden is the most likely opponent of president Donald Trump in the presidential elections next year.
Biden served as vice president of the United States from January 2009 until January 2017, under the Obama Administration.