(CNSNews.com) - In an interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie that aired on Monday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden brushed off the suggestion that his son Hunter got a lucrative job with a Ukraine natural gas company only because the company wanted access to the elder Biden.
Guthrie noted that the Trump impeachment process "has ensured that everyone knows about Hunter's dealings with Ukraine."
"That's a good thing," Biden said. "No one's found anything wrong with his dealings with Ukraine except they say it's a bad image."
"Do you agree that it's a bad image?" Guthrie asked Biden.
"Yeah, and my son said that," Biden responded.
Guthrie asked Biden, "Do you think it was wrong for him to take that position knowing it was really because that company wanted access to you?"
"Well, that's not true," Biden shot back. "You are saying things you do not know what you are talking about. No one said that. Who said that? Who said that?"
Guthrie followed up: "Don't you think that it's just one of those things where people think, well, that seems kind of sleazy. Why would he have that job if not for who his father was?"
"Because he's a very bright guy," Biden replied.
Asked if it was right for Hunter to have taken the Burisma job, Biden noted that Hunter told an interviewer he "regretted having done it." Joe Biden said Hunter can "speak for himself, he's a grown man."
The younger Biden has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and he was discharged from the Navy in 2013 after testing positive for cocaine use.
He accepted a highly-paid position on Burisma's board in 2014, at a time when his father, the sitting vice president, was the Obama administration's point-man on Ukraine.