Amid growing controversy over Hunter Biden’s newfound career as an “artist” and concerns over possible influence peddling, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was forced to admit that no substantive safeguards are in place to guarantee that the potentially lucrative sales of the first son’s paintings to unnamed buyers remain ethical, as the New York Post reports.
It emerged last week that the younger Biden planned to meet with prospective buyers of his pieces, which the gallery owner who is promoting them says could bring upwards of $500,000 apiece, despite his utter lack of prior art training or experience. According to a report from CBS News, the son of President Joe Biden will attend an event in Los Angeles as well as a show in New York City where parties interested in his work will also be present.
Such an arrangement seems to conflict with prior White House statements on the subject that suggested that purchasers of Biden’s art will always be anonymous and that even the artist himself will be kept in the dark about who purchased his pieces.
Speaking about the upcoming meet-and-greet events, Robin Davis of the Georges Berges Gallery said, “He’s looking forward to it. It is like someone debuting in the world. And of course he will be there,” as CBS News noted.
When confronted with this scenario, Psaki claimed that indeed buyers will stay anonymous and that Hunter Biden is “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.”
Pressed further by reporters, Psaki was asked “Are there any specific procedures you can tell us, that are being put in place to ensure these conversations remain, as you say, not about the sales? Will he get ethics training, will he have to report afterwards about the conversations – anything specific you can tell us about how you are monitoring?”
The press secretary did not cite any such precautions, but merely parroted the response she has offered since the topic of Hunter Biden’s newfound art career first arose, saying that the president’s son “is not involved in the sale or discussions about the sale of his art” and that he will not be “informed” about the identities of purchasers.
Hunter Biden’s reinvention as an artist whose paper and canvas works are projected to command anywhere between $75,000 and $500,000 each has drawn serious skepticism from observers such as Peter Schweizer of the Government Accountability Institute who called the scheme “genius” in that it utilizes the subjective nature of a painting’s value to exploit opportunities for corruption and money laundering for which the art world is known.
The brazenness of this latest grift is stunning, even by Biden standards, and as Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo aptly inquired recently, “What’s to stop a Chinese company, or an Iranian company…to pay half-a-million dollars for art, and then say, wink, wink, take this company off the blacklist…?” Of course, the damning answer is, not a single thing.