Obamas Ethics Chief Slammed The White House Over Hunter Bidens Art Sales, Saying Buyers Could Use Them To Gain Influence With His Dad

Walter Shaub, who served as ethics chief in Barack Obama's administration, has criticized the President Joe Biden's White House for dismissing questions about Hunter Biden's lucrative art sales.

Hunter Biden, the president's son, is facing scrutiny for selling his paintings for between $75,000 and $500,000 apiece at a private New York gallery. Biden is not known as an artist and is not critically acclaimed, prompting questions abut the high price tags.

The White House has entered into an unusual arrangement with the gallery, whereby Hunter Biden is shielded by the gallery from knowing the identity of the buyers. The idea is that the arrangement will stop buyers from using their purchases to secure influence with the White House.

Shaub, who served as the head of Obama's Office of Government Ethics, argued that this arrangement was ineffective because there are loopholes whereby Hunter Biden could become aware of the identity of buyers.

He also said that because buyers' identities are not made public, it shields the sales from scrutiny, further muddying the transparency of the arrangement.

-Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 13, 2021

At a Wednesday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki brushed aside a reporter's questions on the arrangement, saying "there's lots going on in the world" as she sought to switch topics.

Shaub took issue with the response in a lengthy series of tweets.


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