Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday called Rudy Giuliani a "Russian Pawn" and claimed stories of his involvement in his son's foreign business dealings are "not true," saying he has "not taken a penny from any foreign source in my life."
The comments came during the final presidential debate on Thursday evening. Earlier in the day the recipient of an email that purportedly detailed a business arrangement between a Chinese company and the Biden family confirmed that the email is "genuine" and said the family "aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions" from foreign entities.
Giuliani provided a trove of documents to the New York Post last week that includes a number of emails between Hunter Biden and foreign business partners. One email exchange between the younger Biden and representatives of a Chinese energy firm reads, "20" for "H" and "10 held by H for the big guy?" Tony Bobulinski, who is listed as a recipient of the email, told Fox News that the “big guy” is a reference to Joe Biden, who was slated to receive a ten percent equity stake in the joint venture.
Biden lashed out at Giuliani at the debate.
"We are in a situation where we have foreign countries trying to interfere in the outcome of our election," he said. "[Trump's] own national security advisor told him that what is happening with his buddy Rudy Giuliani — he's being used as a Russian pawn, he's being fed information that is Russian, that is not true," he said.
President Trump pushed back, accusing Biden of “getting a lot of money from Russia.”
“You probably still are, but now with what came out today it’s probably even worse. All of the emails … of the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family,” he said.
Biden responded: “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.”
“I don’t make money from China, you do,” Trump responded. “I don’t make money from Ukraine, you do. I don’t make money from Russia, you made $3.5 million, Joe, and your son gave you — they even have a statement that ‘We have to give 10 percent to the big man.’ You’re the big man.”