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Sen. Chris Murphy: Hunter and Joe Biden "Didn't Do Anything Illegal Or Unethical" In Ukraine

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JAKE TAPPER, CNN 'STATE OF THE UNION' HOST: Ambassador Yovanovitch was -- she testified Friday. She was asked about the -- being prepared by the Obama administration during her Senate confirmation for a question, a potential question, about Hunter Biden.

Take a listen to Congresswoman Stefanik pushing her on this.





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REP. ELISE STEFANIK (R-NY): Quote: "The way the question was phrased in this model Q&A was, what can you tell us about Hunter Biden's, you know, being named to the board of Burisma?

So for the millions of Americans watching, President Obama's own State Department was so concerned about potential conflicts of interest from Hunter Biden's role at Burisma that they raised it themselves.

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TAPPER: Now, I get that, in your view, what's going on right now with President Trump is a much, much bigger deal and much more important than the Hunter Biden situation.

But just point blank, should Hunter Biden have taken that role on the board of Burisma while his dad was vice president?

REP. CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): Well, I think, in an interview, Hunter Biden himself admitted that he had possibly made a mistake.

But let's be clear. Hunter Biden didn't do anything illegal. And his father, the vice president, didn't do anything illegal or unethical. And all of these attacks on the Bidens and the effort to bring the whistle-blower in to testify are just an attempt to try to put more chum in the water and distract from the corrupt scheme that is at the heart of this inquiry.

You know, Marie Yovanovitch wasn't the ambassador at the time. So, as you know, you often get briefed in anticipation of these confirmation hearings for the worst-case scenario, so it's not, you know, out of the ordinary for issues like that to come up when she's getting ready for testimony.

TAPPER: Senator Murphy, thank you so much for your time. We really appreciate it.

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