Former Obama Ethics Chief: Hunter Biden Art-Selling Arrangement â€˜Perfect Mechanism for Funneling Bribesâ€™
During an appearance on CNN on Friday, former Obama-era Office of Government Ethics chiefWalter Shaubcalled the White Houseâ€™s arrangement allowing Hunter Biden to sell his art â€œthe perfect mechanism for funneling bribesâ€ to the president.
Shaubâ€™s statement comes amid the development that the White House crafted a deal under which the price tags of Hunter Bidenâ€™sartworksales, some listing as high as $500,000, will be obscured from the artist to prevent ethical violations.
Per the contract, New York gallery owner Georges BergÃ¨s will set the prices for the art and also will conceal related records such as prospective bidders and buyers. BergÃ¨s has promised to refuse extraordinary offers far exceeding the asking price or those that he deems suspect, sources first toldtheWashington Post.
The presidentâ€™s sonâ€™s art sale, expected to be held this fall, has been subject to criticism amid concerns that the market heâ€™s dabbling in has a reputation for corruption and shady business activity.