The past role of Hunter Biden serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm was slammed by Jon Stewart, a comedian and liberal icon as “corruption straight up off the bat.” The candid remark about President Biden’s son was made by the 59-year-old left-leaning funnyman on an episode of his “The Problem with Jon Stewart” podcast released recently.
The discussion was between Stewart and his guest Gabriel Gatehouse, who is a British journalist, where they were talking about how Hunter’s infamous abandoned laptop – exposed by The Post in 2020 – was initially downplayed and branded a conspiracy theory by mainstream media ahead of the election.
While the laptop’s contents appeared to be dismissed by the host, Stewart said the 52-year-old first son’s involvement on the board of Burisma – for which he was paid $1 million a year, according to invoices found on the laptop – was “corrupt on its face.”
“I don’t need a laptop with like a hint of circumstantial evidence,” said Stewart. Referencing claims that Biden was aware of his son’s controversial deals, the host also added: “Now tying Joe Biden to it, that’s gonna take some digging. And if it’s real, you know, that’s a thing.”
He then continued, saying: “But the idea that nepotism would allow much larger amounts of money to flow into the hands of people unqualified, to be in the positions that they’ve been accepted because you think those countries are trying to buy influence.” “Welcome to the f—ing world. And I think, I think it’s a huge problem on its face. Forget about any secret laptop,” Stewart added, according to NY Post.
He then went on to describe some of the evidence discovered on the laptop as “circumstantial at best.” This included an email noting “10% to the big guy.” Including an email that listed a potential cut for then-Vice President Joe Biden, he was referring to emails from a deal Hunter and his associates had pursued with Chinese energy company CEFC China Energy Co.
An email received by Hunter on May 13, 2017, from James Gilliar, who is one of his business partners, had outlined the “remuneration packages” for six people involved in an unspecified business venture with the Chinese conglomerate.
A proposed 10% share passed through Hunter for “the big guy” was included in the plan – a reference that U.S. Navy veteran Tony Bobulinksi, a former business partner of Hunter’s, has since claimed refers to Joe Biden.