Ukrainian energy firm hires Biden son as lawyer


WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's weekend trip to support Ukraine's fragile democracy comes soon after his youngest son was hired by a private Ukrainian company that promotes energy independence from Moscow.

The company leases natural gas fields in the breakaway Russian-backed state of Crimea. It's owned by a former government minister with ties to Ukraine's ousted pro-Russian president.

Hunter Biden will be working as a director and top lawyer for the energy company during the period when his father and the Obama administration attempt to influence the policies of Ukraine's new government, especially on energy issues.

There's no indication that Hunter Biden, his father or Burisma are crossing any legal or ethical lines.

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