Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) didn’t pull any punches during “The Ingraham Angle” Friday night, calling the Biden administration’s plans to ensure Hunter Biden’s art is ethically handled “outrageous” and “ludicrous.”
Fox News guest host Raymond Arroyo accused Hunter Biden of “fraternizing” with potential art buyers. Then Nunes made it clear that he didn’t believe the transactions would be transparently and ethically handled by the Biden administration.
“Who buys a piece of artwork and doesn’t put it up on their wall? I mean, how are they gonna keep this secret?” an incredulous Nunes asked.
“It’s ludicrous. The whole thing is outrageous. The American people know it. This was supposed to be the most transparent administration in history and clearly, they went to an area that’s known for fraud and money laundering,” he contended. “That’s why they’re doing this.”
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Nunes isn’t the only one who has a problem with Hunter Biden’s newfound money-making scheme. Many others are calling it highly unethical as well.
The New York Post is reporting that an unnamed source said the president’s son sold his first five prints for $75,000 each. That’s unheard of for someone who has never painted before and has had no training whatsoever. These are reproductions that are selling for far less than the $500,000 price tag for one of his original paintings.
The buyers are remaining anonymous, at least for now. White House officials are claiming that they will keep their identities “confidential from even the artist himself” in order to calm perceived fears over bribery related to President Biden and his office. However, there is nothing stopping the buyers from revealing their identities whenever they want to.
“Most of those allowed to buy works are long-term, private collectors with the gallery, people that Berges knows personally,” the source claimed, referring to the Georges Berges Gallery which sold the prints.
Seems pretty expensive for an iPad cover but that's just me https://t.co/GKBjVWhzwa
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) October 5, 2021
“I would be amazed if my art sold for $10, just because the first time that you ever go about it — is the idea that someone is attracted to your art, let alone that they would pay something for it,” Hunter Biden stated during an interview in July.
“I do know enough to know that the value of an artist’s work is not necessarily determined by the price,” he asserted. “But the price is completely subjective, and sometimes has nothing to do with anything other than the moment.”
Richard Painter, who was President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer, pointed out that the exhibition shows that the Biden administration’s attempts to prevent influence-peddling by keeping buyers anonymous won’t work and should be scrapped in favor of a “Plan B.” He said it “just illustrates how this veil-of-secrecy idea is not happening.”
“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” Painter told The Washington Post. “The initial reaction a lot of people are going to have is that he’s capitalizing on being the son of a president and wants people to give him a lot of money.”
The event was attended by powerful figures and celebrities, including musician Moby; artist Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic Hope poster for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign; and Mayor Eric Garcetti, Biden’s nominee for ambassador to India.
Fox News pundit Greg Gutfeld ripped Hunter Biden’s art sales on his show.
“As Joe Biden’s leadership sucks, Hunter’s paintings are making bucks,” he quipped in his opening.
“Yep, he’s a modern Warhol. Emphasis on ‘hole.'”
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He went on to point out the there is no veil of secrecy around the sale of Hunter Biden’s artwork and that it is definitely an ethics problem for the White House.
Gutfeld’s puns continued but the point is clear, not only is this an ethics issue that concerns Americans… it is also a matter of national security and bad taste.
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