Joe Biden addressed unproven allegations about his son’s business dealings during the final presidential debate, accusing Donald Trump’s surrogates of being part of a Russian plot to interfere in the election.
Answering a question about election interference by foreign adversaries, Mr Biden said the publication of emails purportedly from his son Hunter’s laptop hard drive, passed to news outlets by Rudy Giuliani, was an effort to help Mr Trump get reelected.
“We are in a situation where we have foreign countries trying to interfere in our elections. His own national security advisor told him what is happening with his buddy … Rudy Giuliani. He’s being used as a Russian pawn, he’s being fed information that is not true,” Mr Biden said.
“Everything that is going on here is about Russia wanting to make sure that I do not get elected the next president of the United States because they know I know them, and they know me,” he added.
Mr Trump, who was expected to go on the attack over the unsubstantiated allegations, referenced allegations based on files and emails purportedly taken from Hunter Biden’s laptop, some of which have been published in the New York Post. Copies of those files were given to the newspaper by Mr Giuliani.
Mr Trump returned to the issue, noting that Hunter Biden drew a large salary from a Ukrainian firm while Mr Biden was vice president.
“I don’t make money from China, you do. I don’t make money from Ukraine, you do,” Mr Trump said.
Mr Biden responded that the accusation had been investigated repeatedly and did not link him to any wrongdoing. The former vice president also noted that the president was impeached for attempting to pressure the president of Ukraine to find potentially damaging information on the Bidens.