It keeps getting worse.
Hunter Biden’s shiny new art career is raising more ethical red flags. The First Son will make appearances at two art galleries showcasing his work later this year – a decision that is decidedly out-of-step with the White House’s promise that all buyers will remain anonymous.
Earlier this month White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tried to alleviate concerns about Hunter’s controversial art career with the following statement: “The gallerist will not share information about buyers or prospective buyers, including their identities, with Hunter Biden or the administration, which provides quite a level of protection.”
But now Hunter will be meeting potential buyers, leaving the ethical line in the rearview. There is also no safeguard in place to prevent buyers from sharing their purchases after the fact. The art world is rife with corruption and money laundering, and some of Biden’s paintings are going for $500,000 a pop. How many red flags do we need?
This latest transgression forced Psaki to spin a new narrative at the White House briefing.
“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. We believe this is a reasonable system that has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within appropriate safeguards.”
Matters of national security and direct access to the First Family (including the President) are at stake. But don’t worry – that will be left to gallerist George Berges.
In an interview with The New York Post, Berges said of Biden, “What interested me was whether the work was going to be honest — something that was really true to him and his journey. But as soon as I met him, I had a real connection with him and I felt I could work with him.”
“…whether his work was going to be honest?” No, George. It isn’t.
Walter Shaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics for the Obama administration said what everyone is thinking: “Is Hunter Biden going to walk around the art show with a blindfold on? It just goes to show you the focus isn’t on government ethics. It’s just showing the child of a president can cash in on the presidency.”
The White House insists it has the “highest ethical standards of any administration in history.” That’s a big boast. It’s also not true.