Obama’s chief of ethics says Hunter Biden will get up to $500,000 per painting because he’s “the president’s son, not an artist” and that his art show will “tarnish his father’s reputation”
- “I just think that’s terrible,” said Walter Shaub
- Shaub said the White House ‘crossed the line’ by getting involved in the deal
- Hunter’s works will reportedly be sold at prices ranging from $75,000 to $500,000 for larger pieces
- Shaub said Hunter Biden’s ‘career choices’ showed he was ‘clearly trying to monetize his father as a politician’
Former White House chief of ethics Walter Shaub tore in Hunter Biden and his art deal, which he said would “tarnish” President Biden’s legacy.
“I just hate that,” Shaub said.
The Obama-era ethics chief continued, “If he was a patriot — if he cared about this country — he wouldn’t want to tarnish his father’s reputation in that way.”
“Now we can’t blame him for not being a patriot. We can’t blame him for not caring enough about his father’s legacy to avoid this,” Shaub told Law & Crime’s. podcast ‘Objection’.
“Now we can’t blame him for not being a patriot. We can’t blame him for not caring enough about his father’s legacy to prevent this,” he continued.
“That’s a personal shortcoming and he doesn’t technically owe us anything because he’s a citizen and not a government official, but then the White House crossed the line and they got involved in this deal and the art seller, in theory, always intended to get the names secret, but the White House intervened to ask him to keep the names secret.”
“I just think that’s awful,” said Walter Shaub, Obama-era ethics chief
Gallery’s website touts Hunter’s art as ‘powerful and impactful’
Hunter’s New York Exhibition takes place at the Georges Bergès Gallery in New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood
Hunter’s works will reportedly be sold at prices ranging from $75,000 to $500,000 for larger pieces.
Ethical concerns about whether potential buyers would pay half a million to enter the White House have plagued the 51-year-old recovering drug addict’s artistic debut.
In response, the White House has issued guidelines that require Hunter and members of his father’s administration to have no idea who is buying the works and for how much.
“It’s simply impossible for an artist who has never attended a community center art fair to suddenly show up in New York and sell art for half a million a pop,” Shaub said. “Let’s talk about the magnitude of this… That’s $6.5 million going to the president’s son because he’s the president’s son, not because he’s an artist, and I think that’s absolutely terrible.”
Shaub said Hunter Biden’s “career choices” showed that he was “clearly trying to monetize his father as a politician.”
In fact, the younger Biden’s career choices were at the heart of President Trump’s first impeachment, when Hunter was on the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, where he was paid $50,000 a month for his expertise, even though he had no experience in energy.
Shaub said the president’s recovering drug-addicted son is a “sympathetic character” who can make us feel bad on many levels,” but “some of his problems are self-inflicted, in that he has always built his career around being Joe Biden’s son.’
George Bergès Gallery plans to exhibit Hunter Biden’s works next month in Los Angeles and in New York City in October.
Speaking to art podcast Nota Bene in late July, Hunter modestly said he would be “surprised if my art sold for $10.”
Bergès said Hunter’s works have a “deep energy” to justify the thousands of dollars he is willing to charge for them.
Shaub is also a staunch critic of the Trump children for exploiting their last name and calling their violations under the Trump presidency “much, much worse.” But he said the Biden family has done nothing to usher in an “ethical Renaissance” in Washington.
“When people think I’m blowing the Hunter Biden thing out of proportion, they miss that this is all part of a bigger concern. And it’s not really about Hunter Biden. It’s about the inability to understand that we’re having an ethical renaissance in need the government, otherwise we will be in an even worse situation than we have been in the past four years,” he said.