Hunter Biden’s apparently lucrative painting career is again coming under scrutiny after his art dealer was seen wearing a hat from Camp David.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, an image of Georges Bergès wearing the hat appeared on an Instagram account belonging to celebrity gossip columnist George Wayne. Wayne is said to have first introduced the president’s son to Bergès, who now serves as his art dealer.
“GB shows up wearing a fabulous cap emblazoned with the Presidential seal and the words Camp David Presidential Retreat 46 all over it,” Wayne wrote upon posting the photograph, according to the Daily Mail.
“Say whaaa? Were you at Camp David last weekend with your artist Hunter Biden???!!!” the columnist added in a subsequent post.
Biden under fire
The Daily Mail noted that the White House has insisted Bergès is the only one who knows the identity of Hunter Biden’s customers, arguing that the arrangement precludes an ethical conflict with his father’s administration.
“It is unclear how Bergès obtained his hat with a Camp David emblem,” the U.K.-based newspaper said. However, the Daily Mail acknowledged that if Bergès has been visiting Camp David, then it calls into question whether Biden’s art sales are really happening at arm’s length.
Hunter Biden’s paintings have consistently sold for high-dollar sums despite critics complaining that they are of dubious quality, a fact that Attorney General Merrick Garland was asked about when he appeared on Capitol Hill last week.
Fox News reported that Colorado Rep. Ken Buck (R) presented Garland with two examples of Biden’s work, which sold for $500,000 and $700,000, respectively.
“Now, you may think that…when Hunter Biden is in such exclusive company that he would have a background in artistic training for example,” Buck remarked.
“But you would be wrong if you thought that,” he said. “And you might think that he had some sort of apprenticeship with a world-renowned artist, but you would be wrong again if you thought that.”
The Colorado Republican added: “Or perhaps that he has been selling his works for years — and again, unfortunately, you would be wrong.”
Buck then asked Garland if he would appoint a special prosecutor to examine whether the art sales provide cover for influence peddling. According to Fox, the attorney general said merely that he would take the request “under advisement.”