Buyers of Hunter Biden paintings want entry to the White House and Joe Biden, Bush’s ethics leader claims
A former White House chief of ethics suggested Friday morning that the only reason people should buy Hunter Biden’s art is to gain the favor of his father, the leader of the free world.
“This whole plan makes absolutely no sense unless people want to try to get into the White House or the government or someone else,” Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics attorney under President George W. Bush, told Fox & Friends First.
‘I doubt they are interested in art only for art’s sake.’
Joe Biden’s White House has recently come under fire amid plans for the president’s only surviving son to hold art exhibits in New York and Los Angeles before the artworks go up for sale — with some pieces expected to be released. will bring in more than $500,000.
A spokesman for the gallery that sells the paintings, Georges Bergès Gallery, confirmed he would be attending.
Richard Painter, former White House chief of ethics under President George W. Bush, seemed to reject the idea that people would buy Hunter Biden’s art for his own merits.
Painter told Fox & Friends. First, the 51-year-old recovering drug addict must wait for his father to leave the office to sell his art kunst
Painter points out that the 51-year-old recovering drug addict is “not an established artist” — and with their half-million price tag, the math just doesn’t add up.
“After all, he made some money with a Ukrainian gas company, I think he’s probably doing well financially,” he added, referring to Hunter’s time on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while Joe Biden was vice president.
He suggested that if Hunter Biden really wanted to get into the art world, he would wait.
“By the way, the best approach for this would be that Hunter Biden wouldn’t sell the art at all, but would paint and sell it after his father left the office,” Painter said.
He also criticized the Biden administration for a lack of “transparency” on the issue.
“If the White House buys a plan to keep the buyers of Hunter Biden’s art a secret, the White House is taking the exact opposite approach,” Painter said.
Hunter Biden has no professional art qualifications or training, but some of his paintings can fetch well over half a million dollars
Hunter Biden’s paintings will be on display in New York and Los Angeles, and a spokesperson for the gallery that sells his art confirmed he will be attending.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday insisted that the president would not know who is buying his son’s art.
She also said that Hunter himself “will not discuss anything regarding the sale of his art.”
“He’s not going to have conversations about selling art, that’s left to the gallery owner,” Psaki said during her daily briefing. “As stated in the deal we announced a few weeks ago.”
“And I repeat that the gallery owner will be the only person who will handle transactions or conversations in that spirit and will decline any unusual offer.”
Press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday insisted that Hunter Biden would not discuss the sale of his art, despite attending with people likely to be potential buyers.
A former Obama administration official told CBS the settlement proves the White House’s focus “isn’t on government ethics” (Photo: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden hug Hunter after the president on Jan. 20 is sworn in)
Psaki said the set-up will allow the 51-year-old to “pursue his passion” just like “any child of the president.”
But with Hunter attending both the East and West Coast exhibits, Painter questions the White House’s guarantees.
“It will be very clear to people who know who is buying Hunter Biden’s art,” noting that those in attendance would likely be “potential buyers.”
The question is, will the American people know? The White House must push for full transparency,” Painter said. “I hope they don’t stick with this course.”
Former staffers of Biden’s former boss Barack Obama have also spoken out against the shady transactions.
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.”