Hunter Biden breaks silence to help father Joe

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden makes a statement on Ukraine during a press conference at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware (AFP Photo/Olivier Douliery)

Washington (AFP) - Hunter Biden, whose business dealings in Ukraine have rocked his father Joe Biden's presidential campaign, broke his silence Sunday to ease pressure on the former vice president.

Hunter Biden will resign October 31 from the board of directors of BHR (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Company, his lawyer George Mesires said.

His role on the board and one in Ukraine has been a frequent target of attacks from President Donald Trump.

Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump after he appeared to abuse his power as president by asking Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to seek damaging information on the Bidens.

The Trump administration has alleged that Biden as vice president under Barack Obama engineered the sacking of Ukraine's prosecutor general in order to end a probe of an energy company on whose board his son had a seat.

Via a statement published by Mesires on the website Medium, Hunter Biden finally broke his silence after weeks of aggressive attacks from the US president accusing both father and son of corruption, without providing evidence.

"When Hunter engaged in his business pursuits, he believed that he was acting appropriately and in good faith," the statement said.

"He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the president of the United States."

Mesires added in the statement that "Hunter undertook these business activities independently.

"He did not believe it was appropriate to discuss them with his father, nor did he," Mesires wrote.

The statement went on to detail Hunter Biden's work at Ukrainian natural gas producer Burisma whose board Hunter joined in 2014.

He stepped down from his position at Burisma in April 2019.

"Despite extensive scrutiny, at no time has any law enforcement agency, either domestic or foreign, alleged that Hunter engaged in wrongdoing at any point during his five-year term," the statement said.

Mesires added that Hunter had invested $420,000 in BHR but has never received compensation for it.

Shortly after the statement was published, Trump responded on Twitter.

"Where's Hunter?" he demanded.

"He has totally disappeared! Now looks like has raided and scammed even more countries! Media is AWOL," Trump wrote.

Trump's attacks on the Bidens have increased since the start of an impeachment inquiry against him.