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By Sarah May on
 January 12, 2024

Hunter Biden's art dealer says first son knew who bought pieces, contradicting White House

First son Hunter Biden's career as an artist has garnered no shortage of skepticism, and according to his art dealer, statements made by the White House to assuage concerns about the potential it posed for corrupt dealings were not exactly honest, as Fox News reports, given that the first son reportedly knew exactly who many of his clients were.

The revelations about Hunter Biden's controversial art sales came this week from art dealer George Bergès, who appeared for a transcribed interview with the House Oversight Committee as part of its probe into the president's family and its business dealings.

It was not long after Hunter Biden began touting his newfound career in the art world -- long known as a haven for money laundering schemes -- that questions began to arise about the possibility that the endeavor could be used as a mechanism through which to sell access to President Joe Biden.

With Hunter's creations having been estimated to fetch upwards of $500,000 per piece, many viewed the entire scenario as one that was ripe for corruption and influence peddling of the sort the Bidens had already been accused.

As a result, back in 2021, the White House went to some lengths to pledge that those who decided to purchase Hunter Biden's art would remain anonymous and that Bergès would not tell the first son to whom the pieces ultimately went, as the New York Post noted at the time.

However, when it emerged that summer that Hunter Biden was slated to attend a pair of private events with prospective buyers, concerns arose again, but then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted that nothing toward was afoot, citing previously stated assurances of the existence of an agreement designed to prevent any potential conflicts of interest.

“He's not going to have any conversations related to the selling of art. That will be left to the gallerist, as was outlined in the agreement that we announced just a few weeks ago,” Psaki said at the time.

She went on, “So he's not going to discuss anything related to the selling of art, and I would reiterate that the gallerist will be the only person who knows transactions or conversations and will reject any offer that is out of the ordinary.”

“We won't know who the buyers are. Hunter Biden won't know who the buyers are. So I think this line of questioning, which is understandable, is about whether this would provide a situation for undue influence but we won't know who they are,” she added. “So, there's no scenario where they could provide influence.”

Psaki declared, “I think we have set up a system which we feel is appropriate, has appropriate safeguards,” but Bergès' testimony this week seemed to give lie to the entire scenario she described, as he told lawmakers that he never engaged in discussions with the White House about the handling of Hunter Biden's art sales.

A source with knowledge of the interview told Fox News Digital that “The White House's 'ethics' agreement regarding Hunter Biden's art was a sham. The White House never facilitated any agreement, despite saying the opposite to the public.”

Furthermore, the source said, Hunter Biden was fully aware of precisely who purchased approximately 70% of the pieces he sold, a group that included Democrat Party donors Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali and Kevin Morris.

Naftali, who bought art priced at $42,000 in 2021 and $52,000 in 2022, was appointed by President Biden to the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, and Morris, also known as Hunter Biden's “sugar brother” who repaid significant amounts of delinquent tax obligations on behalf of the first son, reportedly bought roughly $875,000 worth of art in early 2023.

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY), who has long raised the possibility that foreign actors could purchase Hunter Biden's artwork in an attempt to win favor with his father expressed his irrigation with Bergès' revelations, saying, as the Daily Mail noted, that the “White House has a lot of explaining to do about misleading the American people,” a sentiment with which millions of Americans surely agree.

Written By:
Sarah May

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