Former President Barack Obama’s ethics chief Walter Shaub slammed the Biden administration’s move to allow President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden to auction his artwork with no disclosure to the public.
So instead of disclosing who is paying outrageous sums for Hunter Biden’s artwork so that we could monitor whether the purchasers are gaining access to government, the WH tried to make sure we will never know who they are,” Shaub tweeted. “That’s very disappointing.”
So instead of disclosing who is paying outrageous sums for Hunter Biden’s artwork so that we could monitor whether the purchasers are gaining access to government, the WH tried to make sure we will never know who they are. That’s very disappointing. /1 https://t.co/4ToAJNwWg7
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 8, 2021
Schaub said in a statement to Fox News, “The way to build public trust is to have uniform standards that you apply no matter who is in office and recognize that anything a leader does sets a precedent for future administration.”
He added, “Whether or not White House officials believe that secret payments to the president’s son could lead to buyers receiving preferential treatment in this administration, they can’t vouch for future presidents who haven’t even taken office yet. And you can be sure future presidents will point to this arrangement to justify their own conduct.”
Hunter Biden’s auctioned artwork reportedly brought in more than $500,000.
“After careful consideration, a system has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within reasonable safeguards,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday, according to Fox News.
“Of course, he has the right to pursue an artistic career just like any child of a president has the right to pursue a career.”