A former Polish president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, told The Associated Press that Hunter Biden was chosen to be on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings because of his relationship to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Kwasniewski added that he was chosen to be on the board because he was the president of Poland, saying, “No-names are a nobody.”
“I understand that if someone asks me to be part of some project, it’s not only because I’m so good, it’s also because I am Kwasniewski and I am a former president of Poland. And this is all inter-connected. No-names are a nobody. Being Biden is not bad. It’s a good name.”
However, Kwasniewski denied that Burisma ever tried to use Hunter Biden’s relationship to influence the elder Biden.
“He was a normal member of this group. We didn’t ask him — and he never said anything — about his father.”
He also rejected claims that Biden was not qualified to be on the board of an energy company, saying he provided the company with information on the American perspective on a variety of issues.
“He collected information,” Kwasniewski said. “He was useful for us because he knew something that we didn’t know.”
Kwasniewski took a shot at President Donald Trump when he was asked about Trump’s comments calling the younger Biden a “disgrace.”
“This man is speaking about someone who is disgraced? Donald Trump? It should be forbidden for him.”
While Kwasniewski denied that Burisma tried to leverage Hunter Biden for the good of the company, The Wall Street Journal reported that a consulting firm hired by Burisma mentioned him and another “high profile” U.S. citizen in an email request for a State Department meeting.
In an October interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach, Biden defended himself against allegations he was not qualified to be on Burisma’s board.
“I was vice chairman of the board of Amtrak for five years. I was the chairman of the board of the U.N. World Food Program. I was a lawyer for Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the most prestigious law firms in — in the world,” he said. “I think that I had as much knowledge as anybody else that was on the board — if not more.”
However, when pressed by Robach, Biden admitted that if he had a different last name, he probably would not have been picked.
“I don’t know. I don’t know. Probably not, in retrospect. But that’s — you know — I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden.”
His position on the board led Trump to push the new Ukrainian president to open an investigation into Burisma and the Bidens, which sparked the ongoing impeachment probe.