Hunter Biden says his name was like 'gold' to Burisma

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President Joe Biden’s son Hunter said his family name was “gold” to Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that recruited him to its board when his father was vice president, even as he complained that his prominent family was a burden to him.

In his latest interview to promote his new memoir Beautiful Things, the 51-year-old told the BBC he simply had not expected the level of scrutiny he received even though his father was the Obama administration’s point man on relations with Ukraine.

"I don't belong to an administration, I belong to a family," he said.

But his business dealings made him the target of Republican attacks during the 2020 election campaign and were at the heart of former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment.

Trump was accused of asking Ukraine’s president to launch an investigation into the Bidens in return for the restoration of military aid.

As questions roiled Washington, Trump and his allies fired back, asking why the younger Biden was paid handsomely by a foreign company when he lacked experience of the energy industry.

"I think that they saw my name as gold, and the reason they did was this: Right at that time, the Russians had invaded and taken Crimea, and ... (Read more)