An unsettling revelation has surfaced in the art world.
Art dealer Georges Bergès has sworn he was uninformed about any ethical oversight on Hunter Biden's controversial art sales.
Georges Bergès, who has gained notoriety for handling the artwork sales of President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, testified under oath that he was not privy to any ethics agreement intended to manage these transactions. This disclosure starkly contrasts with previous assertions by the White House, which had insisted that such measures were firmly in place. The matter comes to light as Republicans on the House Oversight Committee sharpen their focus on the Biden family's business dealings.
The Oversight Committee, chaired by James Comer, has closely scrutinized the sale of Hunter Biden's art. Comer revealed that two of Hunter Biden's artworks were sold to Democrat donors without any apparent ethical guidelines from the White House. This absence of communication raises questions about the transparency and integrity of the sales process.
Comer has boldly accused the White House of misleading the public regarding the Biden family's "shady business games." His allegations suggest a pattern of obfuscation and secrecy that has plagued the Biden family's financial affairs. Art sales have become a focal point of contention, with concerns over whether they were conducted in an appropriate and ethical manner.
In the wake of Bergès's testimony, the Oversight Committee is now poised to hold Hunter Biden potentially in contempt of Congress. Biden failed to comply with a subpoena, fueling further controversy and speculation about his financial activities and those of his family.
Amid these unfolding events, the White House, including Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and spokesman Ian Sams, has maintained silence, not responding to requests for comments. This silence extends to Hunter Biden's attorney, Abbe Lowell, who also refrained from commenting on the recent developments. Such reticence from key figures does little to assuage a growing appetite for answers among the public and the press.
Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, a presidential appointee, and Kevin Morris, a Democrat donor and lawyer for Hunter Biden, have emerged as purchasers of his art. Morris, in particular, has been a significant financial patron to Hunter Biden, providing about $6 million in art purchases and loans. Their involvement has intensified scrutiny over the transactions and the potential for conflicts of interest.
Lanette Phillips, a Biden fundraiser, was instrumental in forging the connection between Bergès's gallery and Hunter Biden. This link, along with the financial support from Morris, has cast a shadow over the legitimacy of the art sales and the broader financial dealings of the Biden family, raising ethical questions that remain unanswered.
The saga of Hunter Biden's laptop, initially dismissed by some intelligence officials as Russian disinformation, has taken a dramatic turn. The FBI confirmed the authenticity of the laptop in 2019, and it has since become a crucial piece of evidence in allegations of tax evasion against Hunter Biden. This revelation has significant implications for the ongoing investigations into the Biden family's business practices.
Former Press Secretary Jen Psaki, back in July 2021, described a system of safeguards that were supposedly put in place regarding Hunter Biden’s art sales:
[A] system has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within reasonable safeguards... And any offer out of the normal course would be rejected out of hand.
Yet, the recent testimony of Georges Bergès casts doubt on this narrative, suggesting that the proclaimed system of ethical oversight may not have been as robust or transparent as previously communicated.
The Oversight Committee has also unearthed bank records indicating financial transactions that link Hunter and James Biden directly to payments from Chinese companies to Joe Biden. This finding contradicts Joe Biden's prior denials of involvement in his son's business affairs and has prompted further investigation into whether Joe Biden may have financially benefited from his family's business dealings.
The recent testimony by art dealer Georges Bergès has brought to light discrepancies in the White House's narrative concerning the oversight of Hunter Biden's art sales. The Oversight Committee, led by Chairman James Comer, delves into the Biden family's business transactions, particularly Hunter Biden's non-compliance with a subpoena and potential contempt of Congress.
While the White House remains silent on the issue, the revelations about Hunter Biden's financial backers and the authenticity of his laptop continue to raise serious ethical concerns. With these developments, the public and media's scrutiny of the Biden family's business engagements will likely intensify as investigations progress.