Hunter Biden has faced years of allegations related to questionable business deals with international partners, and the controversy has continued since his father became president.
In response to the latest reports, one GOP lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require the children of presidents to abide by new income reporting requirements of potentially face prison time.
Outline of the proposal
As the New York Post notes, the younger Biden has been hit with ethics concerns over his sale of several high-dollar original works of art to unknown buyers.
Rep. Mike Walz (R-FL) is responding with his proposal of the so-called Preventing Anonymous Income by Necessitating Transparency of Executive Relatives — or PAINTER — Act.
Under its provisions, the non-dependent children of the U.S. president would be required to submit the same disclosures that are currently required of spouses and dependent children, according to the Washington Examiner.
Such reports would register any earned income over $1,000 as well as honoraria of $200 or more. Reportable income would also include gifts “received due solely, or in part, to the non-dependent child’s relationship with the President or Vice President.”
Waltz issued a statement touting the bill and explaining the perceived need for such a safeguard.
“Under this administration, we have witnessed shameless attempts to profit off Joe Biden’s presidency that jeopardize the integrity of the White House,” Waltz said.
The Florida Republican denounced “the Biden Administration’s silence on this issue,” insisting that Americans “have a right to know who is attempting to purchase access to the White House through an ‘artist,’ Hunter Biden, with no established credentials to warrant such enormous profits.”
He insisted that his proposal would “put transparency first” while exposing “the actions of the adult children of the President or Vice President that can be used to influence their parent’s position of power.”
Hunter Biden’s paintings are reportedly fetching between $75,000 and $1 million at the SoHo New York Gallery. Even one former Obama administration ethics official was shocked by the arrangement that kept the identities of buyers secret.
“Is Hunter Biden going to walk around the art show with a blindfold on?” former Office of Government Ethics head Walter Shaub asked, according to CBS News. “It just goes to show you the focus isn’t on government ethics. It’s just showing the child of a president can cash in on the presidency.”