As revelations from the laptop he reportedly abandoned at a computer repair shop have made abundantly clear, Hunter Biden is always on the lookout for a good money-making scheme, and according to investigative journalist Peter Schweizer, his recent foray into the art world is “genius” in a diabolically corrupt way, as Breitbart reports.
It was reported earlier this year that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was planning to reinvent himself as artist and had secured the support of a New York gallery owner willing to show as well as sell the pieces he creates, often for surprisingly considerable sums for someone with no prior creative background.
The gallerist in question, a man called Georges Bergés, has lauded Biden’s artistic talents and says he intends to price his canvas and paper works anywhere between $75,000 and an eye-watering $500,000 apiece, according to NPR. Notably, however, Berges does not plan to reveal any information about purchasers or those who express interest in the works, including their identities, either with the artist himself, or Biden administration officials.
During an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, Schweizer explained that in his estimation, the art scheme is a master stroke in grifting, saying, “It is genius because – in a very corrupt way – because what was the criticism of Hunter’s previous moneymaking schemes? When he worked went to work for Burisma, the energy company, the criticism was that he was getting a million dollars a year,” adding:
He had no background in Ukrainian energy regulation, no background in energy. Well, art is different than the business world. It’s entirely subjective.
Schweizer went on to detail the shady – yet brilliant – nature of Biden’s plan, saying, “So if somebody is prepared to send a half-a-million dollars to an artist for a piece of art, who can question it? …But this opens the gateway to massive corruption…because the art owner, the art partner that he has that’s going to be marketing his art has been very clear that he’s going to market these things overseas.”
The longtime Biden family critic further emphasized the ethical implications, adding, “the Senate, actually, in 2019 issued a report talking about how the art world is rife with money laundering and corruption involving foreign oligarchs, because it’s so hard to trace. So it’s a massively troublesome problem.”
Bartiromo, for her part, made reference to recent White House assurances that ethical safeguards related to Hunter Biden’s art sales are being put in place, but asked, “What’s to stop a Chinese company, or an Iranian company, a Chinese company tied to the Chinese military and the Communist Party to pay half-a-million dollars for art, and then say, wink, wink, take this company off the blacklist…?”
Schweizer responded, “There’s nothing stopping them from doing it. And, in fact, the White House’s proposed ethics solution – I will put that in quotation marks – is the exact opposite of what’s called for here. Their solution of transparency is to actually hide who is engaged in the transaction. It’s ludicrous.”
As blatant as the Biden family’s adventures in influence peddling have been for decades, the Hunter-as-artist boondoggle is perhaps the most creative – but also the most shameful – such endeavor to date, and it is time these schemes are broadly condemned for grave the national security risks they clearly pose.