Diplomat said to have questioned optics of Hunter Biden job

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October 18, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, as he is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told impeachment investigators this week that he had raised concerns in 2015 about Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, working with a Ukrainian gas company.

Kent told lawmakers investigating President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine that he'd questioned the optics of Hunter Biden serving on the gas company's board. At the time, American officials were trying to persuade Ukrainian officials to avoid conflicts of interest.

Kent said he was told Biden wasn't able to deal with the issue at the time because his other son, Beau, had cancer.

Kent's remarks were described by a person familiar with the testimony who requested anonymity to discuss the closed-door session.

The Washington Post first reported that Kent told the lawmakers about his concerns.

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