If there is a big money influence pipe in Biden White House, are we supposed to feel better if the exact nature of the flow of this pipe is secret?
That is the strange argument that lawyers have made for the 46th president, as they are confronted with the fact that Hunter Biden plans to make millions as an artist just as, of course, Hunter maintains his anointed status as Firstborn President Joe Biden. Yes, it’s true – the Biden lawyers think it will be better if we, the American people, don’t know who’s buying Hunter’s art and for how much.
Interestingly, this cover-up approach seemed to be too much even for the Washington Post, a dash is not normally seen as a criticism of the Biden administration. Under the quippy title, “Deal in the Art: White House Grapples and Ethics in Hunter Biden’s Cheapest Paintings,” Post reported on July 8 that Hunter will be free to sell his artwork to a New York City art dealer, as long as he, Hunter, never learns the buyer’s identity, and as long as the dealer rejects the buyers deemed to be “suspicious.”
We can immediately see that this arrangement is completely unenforceable and in fact impossible to perform. If someone buys a Hunter Biden artwork for six figures (or maybe, who knows, even more), that purchase will not remain secret, even in the unlikely event that the buyer wanted him or her to buy to remain secret. After all, most art buyers are sociable enough, living, as they do, in a world of galleries and exhibitions. And of course, many reporters — society gossiping as well as political newspapers — as well as others are curious about anything regarding the First Family.
In addition, political-buyer influence actively want influence to be known — especially with the people expected to influence. In other words, the fact that big money is being thrown towards Hunter Biden is sure to be known — at least Hunter and anyone he cares to say about it.
But for anyone who thinks there Post The report on the strange secret surrounding the First Son’s art sales was somehow fake news, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended it the next day, stating that Hunter Biden “has the right to pursue an artistic career.” And he added, “I can tell you that after careful consideration, a system has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession in reasonable protection,”
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Perhaps this rude arrangement is already flunking the reader’s laughter test. And yet, as this author noted back in June, the issue of art-potential buyers buying influence in the White House is no laughing matter. So it’s worth digging into the details of the proposed arrangement, as provided Post:
White House authorities have helped make an agreement on which Hunter Biden artwork purchases — which could be listed at prices as high as $ 500,000 — will be kept confidential by the same artist himself, in an attempt to avoid trouble ethics that might arise as a presidential family member trying to sell a product of very subjective value.
So again, this key idea of the White House: Keep the identities of the buyers away from Hunter so he would want to help reward them with his presidential pull. And Hunter, of course, has had a long career as a helper for large companies and foreign countries – from Ukraine to China to Mexico – and these deals have been and can always be an embarrassment or worse for Teams Biden.
July 10, a very funny Ian Bremmer, well-known geopolitical expert, tweeted a photo of one of Hunter’s artwork and added the joke, “I don’t hate this Hunter Biden painting. But for my $ 500,000 feel I should also get some of Ukraine’s energy expertise to throw in. ”The joke that Hunter won no Ukraine energy expertise.
I don’t hate this Hunter Biden painting. But for $ 500,000 I feel like I should also get some of Ukraine’s energy expertise to throw in. pic.twitter.com/aiZPZrNJXb
– ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 10, 2021
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) also pressed on “tough” ethical questions surrounding Hunter, who, Cotton added, “still invests in CCP [Chinese Communist Party]-connect companies. “In other words, according to Cotton, the potential exists for the People’s Republic of China to directly influence Hunter; it could be PRC money flowing through that pipe in the White House.
There are some very difficult ethical questions about whether the president’s son, who still invests in CCP-linked companies, should take $ 500,000 in payments (bribes) for his “artwork.”
Better consult the experts on this one! Https://t.co/uLubqk40nl
– Tom Koton (@TomCottonAR) July 8, 2021
But while Hunter is for sure a black sheep, he is still still loved by his doting father. So in January 2021, even after much disclosure about Hunter’s misdeeds, the younger Biden was very visible at his father’s inauguration. Indeed, Hunter’s exhibit sends the world an unequivocal message: The son is still in good standing with his father, now the 46th president.
Given this close family bond, perhaps we can reserve some sympathy for the Biden White House attorneys, who have called on paving along something that’s un-paved-can-be a plan to isolate Joe’s Oval Office from new plans Hunter’s moneymaking.
Back again to that Post article, we might consider the extraordinary confidence being placed in a New York City art dealer, Georges Bergès; it is up to him – a man with no veterinarian – to make myriad high-dollar ethical decisions for Hunter, for the Biden White House, and in effect for the United States:
Under an arrangement that has been negotiated in recent months, a New York gallery owner is planning to set prices for the art and will keep all records, including potential bidders and the final buyer. The owner, Georges Bergès, also agreed to reject any offer that he deems suspicious or that comes on the asking price, according to people familiar with the agreement.
Should Bergès be so trusted? Will he rely on things like the purchase price? Will crypto-currencies, which are almost impossible to trace, be involved? We’ll have to wait and see, although, of course, maybe we won’t see. Indeed, the gaps here are so wide that it looks like they’re all holes and no loops.
In the meantime, we already know this a lot: Joe Biden has had a lifelong, course-association with Wheeler-dealer in his family, and these many family members are happy to make money in family ties powerful.
This fact made plain back in 2019 by Politics in a headline piece, “Biden Inc .: Over his decades in office, Joe’s family fortune ‘Middle-Class has closely followed his political career.” The play was a story of family financial opportunism, as Biden family members wrapped up about their connections; for example, the article includes a moment in 2006 when Biden’s younger brother, James, laid out his development strategy for a proposed hedge fund: “Don’t worry about investors. We have people all over the world who want to invest in Joe Biden. “(At the time, Joe Biden was a U.S. senator.)
We pause on the words of James Biden, We have people all over the world who want to invest in Joe Biden. But if we do pause, we can begin to better see the dimensions of the problem with Hunter Biden and his father.
Moreover, James Biden is not the only political entrepreneur in the Biden fraternity. Here’s a CNN headline in February: “Frank Biden’s actions already test Joe Biden’s ethical claims.”
The article continues:
Francis ‘Frank’ Biden, the President’s brother, was hired as a non-lawyer, senior advisor for Berman Law Group, a Boca Raton law firm in 2018. The company often touts Frank Biden’s link to the President, featuring Frank and his family connections prominently on their websites, in ads and on social media.. [emphasis added]
Given all this media and social-media saturation, it becomes apparent that there is no way that any purchase of Hunter’s art is going to remain secret. Not from Hunter, and probably not from anyone else in his family.
So it’s little wonder that the White House’s proposed “secret plan” raised hackles among important Washington legal ethics cited by the Post.
“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” said Richard Painter, chief ethics attorney to President George W. Bush. “The initial reaction many people will have is that he has capitalized on being the son of a president and he wants people to give him a lot of money. I mean, these are terribly high prices.”
Then there’s this equally poignant quote from Walter Shaub, head of the Government Ethics Office from 2013 to 2017: “Because we don’t know who paid for this art and we don’t know for sure [Hunter Biden] know, we have no way of controlling whether people are buying access to the White House. What these people are paying for is Hunter Biden’s name. “
Given these facts — no money secrets from Hunter and no apparent family distance between Hunter and Joe — it’s easy to see that the White House’s plan for Hunter’s art won’t work as published. No veil, no wall, no blind confidence, no black box, nothing, which can completely compartmentalize the public interest from the Hunter’s private interest.
In fact, there might be a lot less separation between Joe and the Biden family policy business than most Americans have realized — or that the Main Stream Media wanted to fully explore.
In 2019, Forbes magazine estimates Joe Biden’s net worth at $ 9 million. Now, how does Middle Group Joe come by that much money when he’d been working almost continuously on a government salary since 1970? Earlier this year, Cities and Countries magazine offers a photographic look at Biden’s real estate holdings, which are extensive, including a 6,850-square-foot mansion on “four acres of secluded, country frontiers” in Wilmington, DE. Plus another beautiful home in Rehoboth DE, and yet another in McLean, VA. (July 8, a report in Mediator brought all this back to your mind, as well readers were reminded that for a mere $ 2.39 million, they could be a neighbor of the Bidens in Wilmington.)
Undoubtedly, the Biden family did very well. And now here comes Hunter Biden with the last plan to make his money; it seemed destined to flame a lucrative trail in the art world. Great job if you can get it!
In the meantime, the rest of us — those of us not blessed with Hunter’s talent as a well-designed “art-taker” —should at least demand total transparency in his affairs. That is, the only hope that we can have for any kind of liability is if all Hunter’s art purchases are fully disclosed, including not only the identity of the buyer but also the precisely controlled total dollar paid by the buyer.
This is a point made by Breitbart News former contributors and Profiles of corruption author Peter Schweizer, who earlier told Breitbart News that the Biden White House plan was “absurd.” “The only way to address these issues is with greater transparency – no less,” he added. “The proposed solution is top secret, not transparency. And they essentially say ‘trust us.’ Joe and Hunter Biden’s record on these matters gives us no reason to trust them. “
More than a century ago, the eminent social reformer and future Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “Sunlight says they are the best of disinfectants.” That is, the public’s right to know is what guarantees honesty and fair bargaining.
Today, what is needed is a good dose of Brandeisian sunlight-as-the-best-disinfectant therapy. Unfortunately, the White House Biden is pursuing the exact opposite approach.