Hunter Biden is out with a memoir, and if you're wondering whether the 51-year-old touches on President Trump, Ukraine, his crack addiction, and his relationship with his late brother's wife, the answer is yes. The book is due to be released next Tuesday, and the AP reports Biden started it well before his father's run for president. Among the standout details from Beautiful Things, based on copies obtained by the New York Times and the Guardian:
- On President Trump: "A vile man with a vile mission." And "he pushed debunked conspiracy theories about work I did in Ukraine and China, even as his own children had pocketed millions in China and Russia."
- On joining the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma: If he got a do-over, Biden writes that he wouldn't do it again. Still, "in our current political environment, I don't believe it would make any difference if I took that seat or not. I'd be attacked anyway. ... The attacks weren't intended for me. They were meant to wound my dad." He said he did nothing unethical in joining the board, and that the ensuing controversy was "remarkable for its epic banality."