- Hunter said Burisma viewed Biden name as ‘gold’ when they hired him in 2014
- The 51-year-old said his father’s name represents ‘democracy and transparency’
- But Hunter denied leveraging connections of his father, who was then the VP
- He also admitted that being a Biden had been both ‘a privilege and a burden’
Hunter Biden has admitted that he got a job on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma because of his father’s name.
The 51-year-old said Burisma viewed his family name as ‘gold’ when the firm hired him in 2014 because it is ‘synonymous with democracy and transparency’ and hoped to capitalize on that reputation while trying to counter Russian ‘aggression’ in Crimea.
Hunter was paid up to $50,000 per month by the gas firm despite his lack of experience in the energy sector.
But he denied leveraging connections to his father Joe – who was then US vice president and leading Obama’s policy on Ukraine – while in the job, saying his day-to-day was ‘100% limited to… corporate governance and transparency’.
He also admitted that being a Biden had ‘opened doors that wouldn’t be opened up to other people’, but said that was ‘both a privilege and a burden’.