Cocaine and Ukraine: Hunter Biden Sheds Light on His Addictions and Shady Businesses

© AFP 2022 / -(FILES) In this file photo video grab made on August 20, 2020 from the online broadcast of the Democratic National Convention, being held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, shows former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden speaking during the last day of the convention.
(FILES) In this file photo video grab made on August 20, 2020 from the online broadcast of the Democratic National Convention, being held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, shows former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden speaking during the last day of the convention. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.04.2021
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Hunter Biden's long-awaited memoir will be released on 6 April, as the son of the American president is under several investigations and is involved in multilple scandals.

Joe Biden's son Hunter has confessed he used money he earned for serving on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma to buy drugs and alchohol, according to excerpts from his upcoming memoir "Beautiful Things", obtained by the US media.

Biden said he became addicted after Memorial Day in 2016, when someone offered him some drugs. He eventually reached the point where he was buying crack cocaine from a homeless woman in Washington.

"I spent a couple of thousand dollars on crack in those first two weeks, with Rhea [pseudonym for his dealer] serving as my conduit", Biden wrote. According to the book, the woman then moved into Hunter Biden's apartment and lived there for around five months.
© AP Photo / Pablo Martinez MonsivaisIn this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of the his father's, Vice President Joe Biden's, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So it raised eyebrows when Biden's son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian gas company. President Donald Trump prodded Ukraine's president to help him investigate any corruption related to Joe Biden, now one of the top Democrats seeking to defeat Trump in 2020
Cocaine and Ukraine: Hunter Biden Sheds Light on His Addictions and Shady Businesses - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.04.2021
In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of the his father's, Vice President Joe Biden's, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So it raised eyebrows when Biden's son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian gas company. President Donald Trump prodded Ukraine's president to help him investigate any corruption related to Joe Biden, now one of the top Democrats seeking to defeat Trump in 2020

After that, the addiction escalated, claiming he "was smoking crack every 15 minutes" until at some point the Biden family attempted to stage an intervention.

Hunter claimed that neither he nor his father were involved in any corruption schemes concerning his appointmet to the board of the gas company Burisma, noting, however, that his father's name contributed to the job, being "a coveted credential".

"I did nothing unethical, and have never been charged with wrongdoing... In our current political environment, I don't believe it would make any difference if I took that seat or not. I'd be attacked anyway", he wrote.

The son of the US president reportedly did not shed any light on his business operations with Chinese companies allegedly linked to the government, while prosecutors are currently investigating whether he failed to report income from China.

© AP Photo / Visar KryeziuFamily members gather for a road naming ceremony with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, centre, his son Hunter Biden, left, and his sister Valerie Biden Owens, right, joined by other family members during a ceremony to name a national road after his late son Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, in the village of Sojevo, Kosovo, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
Cocaine and Ukraine: Hunter Biden Sheds Light on His Addictions and Shady Businesses - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.04.2021
Family members gather for a road naming ceremony with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, centre, his son Hunter Biden, left, and his sister Valerie Biden Owens, right, joined by other family members during a ceremony to name a national road after his late son Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, in the village of Sojevo, Kosovo, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

At the same time, he also confirmed that a romantic relationship with his brother Beau's widow Hallie was a major mistake.

"It was a giant miscalculation on both our parts, errors in judgment born of a uniquely tragic time... It felt like a failure of epic proportions", Biden said.

According to the memoir, Hunter's then-wife Kathleen, discovered texts Hunter sent to his sister-in-law, which allegedly was the "final straw" in her decision to file for divorce.

Biden's ex and mother of his three children previously called him "emotionally abusive", saying that Hunter called her "crazy" when she confronted him about affairs and saying that he was "taunting" her about his late brother Beau's children Natalie and Robert.

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