The White House issued a statement this week that many critics interpreted as an admission about Hunter Biden’s newfound career as an artist.
In a document addressing the Biden administration’s “anti-corruption” agenda, the White House acknowledged that the art world is rife with money laundering.
“Especially vulnerable to a range of financial crimes”
A section related to art found that sales are “especially vulnerable to a range of financial crimes” because of “built-in opacity” among other factors.
The environment has become “optimal for illicit value transfer, sanctions evasion, and corruption,” the statement concluded.
Of course, plenty of experts and pundits — including Obama administration ethics official Walter Shaub — drew attention to the perceived hypocrisy as it relates to controversial art sales by President Joe Biden’s son.
“The White House just issued a report flagging that money laundering is a problem in the … wait for it … art sale industry,” Shaub wrote.
Hunter Biden has been criticized for selling his creations for as much as $500,000 each. Many Americans are concerned that such transactions are part of an influence-peddling operation with the president at the center.
“A fundamental threat to the rule of law”
The Biden administration’s document went on to note the destructive consequences of corruption, explaining: “As a fundamental threat to the rule of law, corruption hollows out institutions, corrodes public trust, and fuels popular cynicism toward effective, accountable governance.”
An underlying message in the release of this statement appears to be a reiteration of the campaign promise that Biden has no tolerance for corruption. Of course, Hunter Biden’s art career has drawn accusations to the contrary.
For its part, the White House has declared that prospective buyers of the younger Biden’s artwork would not be identified publicly. As the Daily Mail explained, however, that would not mean they would remain anonymous to that those from whom they sought to curry favor.
Nevertheless, White House press secretary once attempted to convince America that the Biden administration is among history’s most ethical.
In a statement that likely resonated only with Biden’s most ardent acolytes, she said: “We have the highest ethical standards of any administration in history. A number of ethics officials have conveyed that.”