A former chief of ethics in the Obama administration has berated Hunter Biden amid revelations he could meet potential buyers of his paintings at two upcoming art exhibitions.
The shows — one in Los Angeles and one in New York — are scheduled for the fall and will showcase Hunter’s works shortly before they go up for sale.
Hunter’s large oil paintings are expected to fetch more than $500,000 each — a dazzling amount considering he has no formal art training or qualifications.
The impending sales have sparked speculation that people may be buying the paintings purely to influence Hunter’s father, President Joe Biden. The news that he will be attending both art exhibitions, possibly mingled with buyers, is now fueling such fears.
It also seems to contradict White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s claim that the buyers would be “anonymous” and Hunter wouldn’t know who they are.
Walter Shaub, who was appointed by President Obama and headed the Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017, chided Hunter for the move in an interview with CBS News on Thursday.
“Is Hunter Biden going to walk around the exhibit blindfolded?” Shaub asked sarcastically.
“It just goes to show that the focus is not on the ethics of government. It just goes to show that a president’s kid can cash in on the presidency.”
Hunter Biden’s large oil paintings are expected to fetch more than $500,000 each when they go up for sale later this year. Hunter will reportedly attend two small art exhibitions of his works prior to their sale
Former Obama ethics chief Walter Shaub has berated Hunter Biden amid revelations he could meet potential buyers of his paintings at two upcoming art exhibitions
The upcoming sales have sparked speculation that people may be buying the paintings purely to influence Hunter’s father, President Joe Biden.
A spokeswoman for Georges Bergès Gallery confirmed on Thursday that Hunter will be attending both upcoming art exhibitions.
‘He feels like it. It’s like someone is making their debut in the world… of course they’ll be there,” spokeswoman Robin Davis told CBS News.
Davis stated that everyone who attended the two art exhibitions would be “screened” to make sure they are “appropriate.”
But Shaub says that puts the blame on the stands, not on President Biden.
He told CBS that the Biden administration is “outsourcing government ethics” to the art gallery owner.
Davis has not disclosed the dates of the two art shows to CBS News.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Georges Bergès Gallery for more information.
Davis stated that Biden and Bergès have been friends “for years” and that the art dealer “really wants to help Hunter” as he embarks on his burgeoning career as a painter.
“I think it’s all on the rise,” she said of Hunter’s surprising career pivot.
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News of Hunter’s presence at the two art shows comes just weeks after the House Republicans launched an investigation into President Biden’s relatives.
News of Hunter’s presence at the two art exhibitions comes just weeks after House Republicans launched an investigation into President Biden’s relatives, demanding answers from the White House about their efforts to “take advantage of proximity” to power.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee accuse Hunter, President Biden’s brother, Frank, and sister Valerie, of using Biden’s position to line their own pockets.
“Reports of President Biden’s relatives trying to take advantage of their proximity to the White House are disturbing and recurring,” Ranking Member James Comer and Republican lawmakers wrote.
“Unfortunately, these reports of President Biden using his former official positions of public trust to increase the coffers of his relatives are rife, and any hope that the pattern of family self-handling would finally end when he assumed the presidency has been destroyed.
House Republicans asked for documents related to Hunter Biden’s artwork, a list of past and current foreign business interests of members of the Biden family, a list of their speaking engagements, and any policies designed to ensure they don’t take advantage of the presidency
Details of the letters sent to the White House Counsel’s Office and the National Archives and Records Administration were first reported by Fox News.
The White House has come under pressure to explain how it intends to ensure buyers of Hunter Biden’s paintings don’t receive special favors from the administration.
“After careful consideration, a system has been established that will allow Hunter Biden to operate within reasonable guarantees in his profession,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week.
“Of course he has the right to pursue an artistic career, just as every child of a president has the right to pursue a career.”
Berges previously told Artnet that prices would start at $75,000 for Hunter’s works.
“The awards for these paintings — by someone with no formal training or history as an artist — raise questions about whether the art is being offered for its merit or for its connection to the White House,” the Republicans wrote.
Hunter’s major oil paintings are expected to fetch more than $500,000 each – a dazzling amount considering he has no formal art qualifications
They also pointed the finger at a recent book deal for Biden’s sister.
“This pattern — which appears to be nothing short of a money grab — extends beyond President Biden’s children. It was reported last week that Valerie Biden Owens, the president’s “sister, confidante and longtime political strategist,” will publish a book believed to describe her time as “The Joe Biden Whisperer.”
‘Growing Up Biden: A Memoir’ will be published next year by Celador Books.
The letter also cited press releases about his brother Frank describing how he was depicted in an ad for a law firm he advises. ‘