U.S. President Joe Biden’s son Hunter admitted that he was able to get a high-paying job on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma because of his last name.
At the same time, Hunter stressed that he had no relevant experience in the field of energy at the time of his approval. Responding to accusations of nepotism and corruption, the politician’s son stated that the family name he inherited from his father was perceived as “synonymous with democracy and transparency.
He also expressed the opinion that his family name was equivalent to a treasure for the company. In his opinion, his candidacy was welcomed at Burisma because the company wanted to “create a bulwark” against alleged “Russian aggression.”
“They knew they needed to expand internationally and in other sectors, and to diversify and protect themselves … Biden’s name is synonymous with democracy and transparency,” Biden Jr. concluded. – That’s why I said it’s [equal to] gold for them.”
Earlier, the U.S. president’s son admitted that he spent the money he received from working on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma on alcohol and drugs. He also noted that he did not consider it unethical to start working at Burisma when Joe Biden was the U.S. vice president. His father’s political career helped him, but, he said, neither he nor his father “did anything illegal,” especially as far as Burisma was concerned.
Hunter Biden has repeatedly attracted the attention of the press and his father’s opponents in the U.S. Republican Party in the past. This was primarily due to the discovery of new evidence in the case of the oil and gas company Burisma, which operated in Ukraine.
Biden Jr. was a member of the board of directors there while Biden Sr. was a vice president in the administration of former White House President Barack Obama. In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice became interested in Biden’s ties to Ukraine as part of the investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs.