The White House on Friday defended the sales mechanism put in place to guard against possible conflicts of interest involving the artistic career of President BidenJoe BidenBiden’s coronavirus vaccine or test mandate takes effect On the Money – Democrats become less confident in Fed Vice President Manchin Clarida’s resignation due to pandemic stock transactions MOREeldest son, Hunter.
“After careful consideration, a system has been put in place to allow Hunter Biden to practice his profession under reasonable conditions,” said the press secretary. Jen psakiJen PsakiUS seeks to avoid conflict in Ukraine during talks with Russia Overnight Health Care – Insurance to cover COVID-19 tests soon said during a briefing with reporters. “Of course he has the right to pursue an artistic career, just as any child of a president has the right to pursue a career.”
Psaki said a professional gallery owner would set prices for Biden’s artwork and handle all transactions. Any offer above the sale price or deemed suspicious will be rejected as part of the arrangement, she said.
“I think it would be difficult for an anonymous person that we don’t know and that Hunter Biden doesn’t know how to have influence. So that’s a protection,” she said when asked if a a private gallery owner might not be familiar with those seeking to purchase Biden artwork to gain the favor of the administration.
The gallery that manages Biden’s art told CBS News on Friday that the paintings could cost between $ 75,000 and $ 500,000 each.
The Washington Post first reported on Thursday the details of the arrangement surrounding Biden’s art, with a sale slated to take place this fall.
The arrangement is intended to prevent buyers from buying coins to gain access or a favor from the White House, but it represents the latest ethical puzzle for the president involving the work of his son, and experts in ethics warned that the plan could backfire.
“The idea is that even Hunter won’t know it, but the WH has turned government ethics over to a private art dealer,” tweeted Walter shaubWalter Michael ShaubPelosi faces pushback against stock market defense Ted Cruz calls Big Bird’s vaccination tweet “propaganda” Thousands march against Washington to pressure voting rights MORE, who headed the Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017. “We are supposed to trust a trader in an industry that is fertile ground for money laundering, as well as unknown buyers who might. tell those in charge of Hunter or WH? No thanks. “
Republicans are likely to present the Post’s report on Hunter Biden’s artwork as another example of the president’s son using the last name for personal use.
A number of Republican lawmakers have already called for an investigation into Hunter Biden’s business relationship, and his work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma when his father was vice president was at the center of Trump’s first impeachment.