Biden’s White House is facing intense scrutiny for allowing what appears to be a naked corruption hoax involving money laundering run by President Biden’s son Hunter Biden. Officials claim that an agreement is being sought which would protect the names of buyers of the art pieces, expected to sell for as much as $500,000 per piece.
Hunter Biden is working in cooperation with Soho art dealer Georges Berges, who will be holding an exhibition of Biden’s work in New York this coming fall. The lack of transparency and fair-appraisal of art, well known to be a method of laundering within the art world, is triggering concerns about corruption, particularly in the case of the Biden family which has been accused many times over the years for engaging in pay-to-play schemes within power politics.
In a weak effort to address these ethical questions, the Biden White House has come to an arrangement whereby purchasers of Hunter’s art will remain anonymous, even to the Biden’s themselves. Berges has also been instructed to reject offers which exceed the asking price.
Breitbart senior news contributor, Peter Schweizer, called the solution “absurd,” stating that the only way to clear the air of corruption is to increase transparency in the matter, not make it more opaque. He also pointed out that a Biden conceived plan to blind themselves to the purchaser’s names is no better than a pinky promise of “trust us” from the pair, when they have a long history that gives people very little reason to trust them.
Ethics officials from both the Bush and Obama administration warn that the arrangement is a bad idea as well. Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer for George W. Bush called the entire deal “a really bad idea,” particularly because the optics, if not the reality of the situation, is that Hunter is “capitalizing on being the [president’s son] and wants… lot[s] of money… those are awfully high prices.”
Walter Shaub, who directed the Office of Government Ethics under Obama, called the art affair “shameful and grifty,” calling the half-measure by the White House insufficient.
Marc Straus, owner of the New York gallery, agrees that the prices asked are far too high for a “novice” artist such as Hunter. He added that that paintings “weren’t bad,” but when it comes to half-million dollar art, there’s a big difference between “not bad and something fabulous.”
Author: Olivia Harmon