Hunter Biden served on the board of Ukrainian oil and gas company Burisma Holdings from 2014 to 2019. But Ted Nugent posted a Facebook meme falsely insinuating that Hunter’s payments to the company ended with the invasion Russian from Ukraine.
In May 2014, Hunter Biden – the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden – became crew member of Burisma Holdings Ltd., one of Ukraine’s largest private oil and gas companies.
The hiring led to intense scrutiny in the media, including an Associated Press article that called Hiring Hunter “politically awkward” because the Obama administration was looking to “influence the policies of the new Ukrainian government, in particular on energy issues.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, then-President Donald Trump Many times distorted the facts surrounding Hunter’s work with the gas company, falsely claiming Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was “going after his son,” Hunter, and “chasing him.”
As we have repeatedly written, Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, was the subject of a series of criminal investigations, but he there was no evidence that Hunter was ever investigated or that Joe Biden lobbied the Ukrainian government on behalf of his son.
Biden hunter resigned of the company in April 2019, while his father was running for president.
The war in Ukraine sparked by invading Russian forces brought Hunter’s work with Burisma back into the limelight.
Ted Nugent – a rock star and conservative activist who frequently spreads misinformation online – posted a facebook meme on February 25, which attracted 10,000 likes and over 8,000 shares, showing an image of Hunter Biden with the words “I’M GUESS THESE UKRAINIAN CHECKS WILL STOP.
Other Facebook users posted comments showing their support for Nugent’s post, such as “Poor hunter. Where will he find the money he needs to buy drugs, strippers and prostitutes? Another said, “That’s probably the ONLY reason Biden is doing anything to help Ukraine.”
But as we said above, Hunter left Burisma’s board in 2019 – almost three years before the war in Ukraine started.
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