The White House is refusing to provide transparency, or any information, on Hunter Biden’s art that has reportedly been sold to anonymous top-dollar buyers for his amateur work in 2021.
Despite Hunter’s reported sales to anonymous buyers of at least five pieces of art for $75,000 each, the White House declined to comment on who those individuals are and what protocols, if any, are in place to ensure purchasers are not connected to foreign nations or nationals seeking to influence the administration. It was also not clear whether Hunter’s artwork is being vetted by the White House.
The White House has previously defended Hunter’s ability to sell art to anonymous buyers for up to $500,000. The administration has claimed Hunter’s art scheme is protected by a “veil of secrecy.”
” “I can assure you that Hunter Biden is allowed to practice his chosen profession with reasonable safeguards.” Jen Psaki, then White House press secretary stated. He has the same rights as any other child of President to follow an artistic career .”
Hunter held an art exhibit in the fall of 2021 and had a second exhibit reportedly scheduled for the spring of 2022. However, there are no reports about a second exhibit.
In December of 2021, the White House produced a report called the United States Strategy on Countering Corruption, which explored ways “government officials abuse public power for private gain.” The report specifically focused on the art industry as a “market” where financial crimes occur, yet the report did not mention the president’s scandal-scarred son’s involvement in the industry.
The markets for art and antiquities — and the market participants who facilitate transactions — are especially vulnerable to a range of financial crimes. Markets for art and antiquities are ideal places to illicitly transfer value, evade sanctions, or commit corruption due to their inherent transparency, indeterminate pricing and cross-border transportation of the goods.
Breitbart News senior contributor and Profiles in Corruption author Peter Schweizer has stated Hunter’s entire art scheme is “absurd.”
” The only way to solve these problems is through greater transparency, not less,” he said to Breitbart News. Their proposed solution calls for greater secrecy and not more transparency. They are basically saying “Trust us.” Joe and Hunter Biden have a track record in such matters, so we don’t trust them
According to the New York Times, Hunter’s artwork has been hung in first lady Jill Biden’s office in the White House. The purpose of Hunter’s artwork is not known. It may be displayed in order to show Hunter’s skills as an amateur artist or to encourage his art to others who might meet Jill Biden at her White House office.
“Mom and Dad and Melissa, who think everything I do should be put in the National Gallery,” Hunter said of the presidential family’s opinion during an art podcast.
“That is what it all about,” Hunter said about reaching more people. It’s having the courage to go out and try it. I suppose I could stay at my desk and just paint, but, ultimately, .”
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