Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) called it “so offensive” that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE had to defend himself on Tuesday night’s debate stage against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s allegations that he participated in corruption in Ukraine.
Booker criticized how the second topic covered in the Ohio debate was Biden, and his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine during the Obama administration.
“We are literally using Donald Trump’s lies, and the second issue we cover on this stage is elevating a lie and attacking a statesman,” Booker said.
He added that the former vice president “should not have to defend” himself.
“The only person sitting at home enjoying that was Donald Trump seeing that we’re distracted from his malfeasance and then selling out of his office,” Booker said.
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The Democratic presidential debate, the fourth so far, is the first since House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump following a whistleblower report that focused on Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president in which he pressed his counterpart to look into Biden and his son.
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Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company that was investigated by a Ukrainian prosecutor who Biden pushed to remove due to the prosecutor’s handling of corruption in the country.
Trump and Republicans have engaged in a sustained campaign focused on Hunter Biden’s involvement with foreign businesses to accuse him of profiting off his father’s office and paint the former vice president as corrupt.
Hunter Biden told ABC News in an interview Tuesday that he regrets taking actions that allowed for attacks against his father.
“I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That’s where I made the mistake,” Hunter Biden told ABC News. “So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever.”