An Attempt to Avoid Ethical Issues
According to a report by The Washington Post, the Biden administration officials have played a role in crafting an agreement that ensures the confidentiality of purchases made on Hunter Biden’s artwork. This agreement aims to prevent any ethical issues that may arise as a result of a presidential family member selling products with subjective values.
Confidentiality Even from the Artist Himself
Under this agreement, the purchases of Hunter Biden’s artwork, which can reach prices as high as $500,000, will be kept confidential, even from the artist himself. This measure is an extraordinary step to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
High-Value Purchases and Controversial Buyers
Among the notable purchases, the Hollywood lawyer known as Hunter’s “sugar brother” stands out. He bought artwork worth $875,000 in a deal that involved a mere 40% commission. This lawyer had previously supported Hunter financially, assisted in book writing, and even lent a private jet to the president’s son. Another individual, Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, spent $42,000 on Hunter’s art before being appointed to a prestigious commission by the president. Naftali denies any impropriety and claims that the purchase was not intended to gain favor with the president.
Impeachment Inquiry and Accusations
Bergès, who testified about these art deals, did so as part of an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. GOP lawmakers accuse Biden of using his family’s connections for personal enrichment. They are particularly suspicious of Hunter’s recent art career and its potential conflicts of interest with wealthy buyers and the White House.
A “Sham” Agreement
Oversight Committee Chair James Comer called the agreement a “sham” and accused the Biden administration of deceiving the American people. He highlighted that most of Hunter Biden’s art has been purchased by Democratic donors, including one who was appointed to a prestigious commission after buying his art shortly after President Biden’s inauguration. Comer demands an explanation from the White House.
Criticism from Experts
Experts have also criticized the arrangement, with one calling it a “perfect mechanism for funneling bribes.” The lack of transparency surrounding the buyers raises concerns about potential access to the government.
The White House and Bergès have been contacted for comment on the matter.