Hunter Biden has gone from engaging in questionable business dealings with mysterious foreigners to embarking on a new career as an artist.
Although White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently denied that there is anything improper about his art sales, her words have some observers shaking their heads.
For sale to the highest bidder
As noted by the Daily Wire, Psaki claimed during a press conference on Thursday that all transactions will be handled by an art gallery rather than Hunter Biden himself.
Psaki stressed that the president’s son is “not going to have any conversations related to the selling of art” when asked about the matter by a reporter.
“We believe this is a reasonable system that has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within appropriate safeguards,” the Daily Wire quoted her as saying.
“He’s not going to discuss anything related to the selling of art, and I would reiterate that the gallerist will be the only person who handles transactions or conversations in that vein and will reject any offer that is out of the ordinary,” Psaki explained.
The press secretary went on to say that neither Hunter Biden nor the White House will be made aware of who is purchasing the paintings “so there’s no scenario where they could provide influence.”
“We believe that Hunter Biden, just like any child of a president, should be able to pursue their professions and their passions,” Psaki concluded.
Obama official: “No way to verify”
However, not everyone agrees that the arrangement is on the up-and-up. Among the skeptics is Joe Gierut, who serves as press secretary for the conservative political action committee America Rising.
Gierut tweeted Thursday: “Jen Psaki says we should just take the Biden team’s word on the ethical entanglements that Hunter Biden’s art creates. It’s the same tactic they’ve used for years on the Biden family leveraging Joe’s political career for personal gain.”
What’s more, criticism isn’t limited to those on the right, as former Obama administration ethics official Walter Shaub has expressed concerns, as well.
“They say he won’t discuss sales with the bidders, but they offer us no way to verify that,” Shaub told Fox News. “They say he won’t know which bidders submit the winning bids, but they offer us no way to verify that. They say the buyers won’t get preferential access to government officials, but they offer us no way to verify that.”