House Republicans are now setting their sights on Hunter Biden‘s art sales, re-upping a request for his art dealer turn over a list of who had purchased the works.
The House Oversight Committee also asked for details about how the White House had worked out the agreement with art dealer Georges Bergès to keep the list of buyers anonymous to both the White House and the public.
Oversight Chair James Comer of Kentucky said Bergès hadn’t responded to previous requests for information on the sales in the previous Congress, but with Republicans in the majority and the threat of subpoena, he expected a response this time around.
‘Despite being a novice artist, Hunter Biden received exorbitant amounts of money selling his artwork, the buyers’ identities remain unknown, and you appear to be the sole record-keeper of these lucrative transactions,’ Comer wrote to Bergès.
House Republicans, led by Oversight Chair James Comer (R-Ky.), are now setting their sights on Hunter Biden’s art sales, re-upping a request for his art dealer turn over a list of who had purchased the works
The chairman said that since Republicans’ last request, Hunter Biden had held another exhibit at his SoHo art gallery.
In December the president’s legally embattled son attended the display in Manhattan for his Haiku series, which featured paintings of colorful flower and tree-like designs. Bergès added that the new paintings all have haikus on the back, hence the name of the gallery.
One such haiku was:
Atoms bloom in my chest
All the room is filled it is full
I can see all the colors
The House Oversight Committee also asked for details about how the White House had worked out the agreement with art dealer Georges Bergès, left, to keep the list of buyers anonymous to both the White House and the public.
‘Despite being a novice artist, Hunter Biden received exorbitant amounts of money selling his artwork, the buyers’ identities remain unknown, and you appear to be the sole record-keeper of these lucrative transactions,’ Comer wrote to Bergès
Berges is pictured at the opening of Hunter Biden’s new show ‘Haiku’ at Georges Berges Gallery in Soho in New York City
Hunter’s latest artwork advertised prices between $55,000 and $225,000, according to the Daily Beast.
Amid criticism of the art sales, the White House Counsel’s Office came up with a plan to prevent Hunter or anyone in the Biden administration from knowing the identity of those who purchased his work.
Bergès was told to keep buyers’ identities to himself and reject any offers that seem suspiciously high.
Comer highlighted the potentiality that ‘foreign buyers’ were making purchases, requested all communications and documents related to the matter, and for Bergès to appear for a transcribed interview by Feb. 15.
Berges said the latest paintings were a form of self-reflection for the president’s son as he’s marred by controversy over his laptop and finances.
‘I think this series is meditative and contemplative, and I think it’s reflective of how he is at the moment,’ Berges added.
Joe Biden (left) poses for a selfie with his son, Hunter Biden (right)
During his previous gallery last year, Biden told Artnet: ‘I don’t paint from emotion or feeling, which I think are both very ephemeral.
‘For me, painting is much more about kind of trying to bring forth what is, I think, the universal truth…the universal truth is that everything is connected and that there’s something that goes far beyond what is our five senses and that connects us all.’
It comes amid an ongoing investigation into Hunter’s finances and allegations of illegal business dealing in China and Ukraine that remain in the public eye.
During a similar gallery exhibit last year, two former White House ethics chiefs warned buyers could try to curry influence with the president by buying his son’s work for inflated sums.
‘I just think that’s absolutely appalling,’ Obama White House ethics chief Walter Shaub told Law & Crime’s ‘Objections’ podcast in August.
Richard Painter, George W. Bush’s ethics’ chief, told Fox: ‘It’s going to be very clear with people in the know as to who buys Hunter Biden’s art.
‘The question is, are the American people going to know? The White House should insist on complete transparency.’