Hunter Biden’s Art ‘Sales’ Fall Further Into Ethical Pit

In a Tuesday closed-door session with House investigators, Georges Bergès, the art dealer representing Hunter Biden, was questioned about the sale of Biden’s artworks. His statements brought to light the identity of some of the purchasers of the paintings — including prominent Democratic donors.

Bergès, while confronted by reporters, declined to comment on the buyers’ identities. However, an investigation into these art deals revealed that Democratic donors Kevin Morris and Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali were among the purchasers.

Morris, a personal friend of Hunter, notably acquired Hunter Biden’s stake in the Chinese investment company Bohai Harvest RST and assumed significant debt on Biden’s behalf. His purchases of Biden’s art gave him $875,000 in carefully laundered income.

Naftali’s involvement is equally compelling. Her purchases of Hunter Biden’s artwork, amounting to $94,000 across two transactions, coincided with her appointment to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad by President Joe Biden. This sequence of events has fueled speculation and criticism from Republican lawmakers, with allegations suggesting a possible quid pro quo.

House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has been particularly vocal, accusing the Biden administration of deceit regarding an ethics agreement related to Hunter Biden’s art career. Comer’s statement that “the vast majority of Hunter Biden’s art has been purchased by Democrat donors” amplifies the controversy, particularly in light of Naftali’s appointment to a prestigious commission after her purchase of Biden’s art.

The transparency of these transactions has been a significant point of contention. Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki had previously asserted that a professional gallerist would handle all aspects of the sales, ensuring transparency and ethical standards. However, recent revelations contradict these claims. Bergès admitted that Hunter Biden was aware of buyers’ identities for approximately 70% of his artwork’s value, contradicting the alleged safeguard measures.

The intricacies of these transactions, particularly the unconventional commission structure and the direct involvement of Hunter Biden in financial aspects, underscore the complexity and potential ethical pitfalls. The case of Kevin Morris, where only a portion of the standard commission was paid to Bergès, with Hunter Biden and Morris figuring out the rest, deviates from standard art industry practices.

This ongoing saga has prompted the House Oversight Committee to consider a resolution recommending that Hunter Biden be found in Contempt of Congress. The implications of these art deals extend beyond mere financial transactions, touching upon issues of ethics, transparency, and the intersection of personal business with political influence.