Top House Oversight Committee Republican James Comer (R-KY) reportedly intends to seek the White House’s “ethics guidelines” for Hunter Biden’s art scheme of selling watercolor paintings for up to $500,000 to anonymous buyers.
Specifically, Comer will demand “the ethics guidelines, created in conjunction with the White House,” and “documents and communications pertaining to setting the prices for Mr. Biden’s art.” Comer will also request the names of those who intend to purchase the art from attending the art shows held reportedly later in September.
Comer sent a similar request earlier in September to Bergès, which was ignored because House Republicans do not have subpoena power, a mechanism the GOP hopes to possess after the 2022 midterms.
The seller of Hunter Biden's artwork has stated that he wants to be the art world's "lead guy in China." Are the Chinese buying Hunter's overpriced artwork to influence @POTUS?
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) September 21, 2021
“Democrats don’t appear eager to poke into Hunter’s secret art sales,” the Journal wrote. “Yet the questions aren’t idle. Who might be quietly preparing $500,000 for Hunter’s bank account? How is the gallery scrutinizing bids? Will the anonymity be kept? What if Russia starts spreading disinformation about who bought what, and for how much?”
The White House, however, has defended Joe Biden’s “child” from his critics.
“I can tell you that after careful consideration, a system has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within reasonable safeguards,” press secretary Jen Psaki stated. “He has the right to pursue an artistic career just like any child of the president has the right to pursue a career.”
Hunter has also defended his new business by taunting his critics on the Nota Bene Podcast.
“Fuck em… Look man,” Hunter explained. “I never said my art was going to cost what it was going to cost, or how much it would be priced at. I would be amazed, you know, if my art was sold, for you know, for, umm, for ten dollars.”
Problem Child. https://t.co/PqJZBdmD1s
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 23, 2021
But Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) questioned who would want to buy a “bacteria” painting for so much money from a novice artist.
“Who wants to buy a Hunter Biden painting for $500, much less $500,000. Some of the pictures of his art have been online; it looks like a coronavirus got sick with a bacteria,” Cotton asked in July.
Cotton’s question was answered by the New York Times, which reported that Jill Biden is displaying Hunter’s artwork in the taxpayer-funded White House office for any wealthy or high-ranking government official to view while visiting. It is unknown if Jill Biden purchased the painting from her son.
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