Kathleen Buhle said in an interview on Tuesday that she had no control over her finances before she was married, and after she was married, Hunter Biden made all their financial decisions.
‘One of the hardest challenges for me to write about in my new memoir is, “If We Break,” which goes on sale Tuesday,’ Buhle told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in her first television interview.
She said, “It’s embarrassing to say that I ceded all financial control to my husband,” adding, “I liked the nice things. And I didn’t want to think about the cost of them coming.”
Hunter Biden is the subject of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into his financial dealings and his taxes. Buhle said Tuesday she would not be helpful if she is questioned by the government, saying: “No. I buried my head in the sand.”
She admitted to being aware the couple owed money to the Internal Revenue Service in the early 2000s, but Hunter Biden told her he had “set up a payment plan and he wasn’t worried.” The couple divorced in 2017 after 24 years of marriage.
Interviewer asked Buhle about Biden and whether he had relationships with political power that benefitted his business. Buhle said Biden was aware of the power of his last name, but not if he exploited that power to get deals.
Buhle said that “he has always acknowledged the benefit of coming from a prominent family.”
Buhle discusses the years of addiction, and that it took awhile for her to recognize the person she married as “a person in many publicly released photographs of him in the throes of his drug and alcohol addiction.”
Buhle said “Not at all,” about the drug addiction. “He was struggling under a massive drug addiction and that’s heartbreaking and painful.”
Buhle dodged a question about where her personal relationship with Joe Biden and Jill Biden stands. In 2017, Joe Biden released a statement saying he and Jill Biden support the romantic relationship Hunter Biden was having with his late brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden — Buhle’s sister-in-law.
Buhle said “he never questioned Joe and Jill’s love and attention to his daughters. The divorce was hard on him and his family.”
Buhle lives in Washington, DC and has recently started a women’s club to help those in need.