House Republicans demand information on Hunter Biden’s art sales

House Oversight Republicans are requesting information from the art dealer representing Hunter Biden related to the anonymous buyers of Biden artwork at an upscale New York art gallery.

Speaker James Comer, R-Ky., on Wednesday sent a letter to art dealer Georges Berges, who owns the Georges Berges Gallery in SoHo, Manhattan, demanding that Berges turn over all communications between his gallery and the White House related to an announced deal to keep all records of prices and final buyers for Biden’s art.

“The Oversight and Accountability Committee is investigating the foreign and domestic influence peddling schemes of President Joe Biden and his family,” Comer wrote. “For more than a decade, the Biden family has profited from Joe Biden’s positions as a public servant. Your arrangement with Hunter Biden raises serious ethical concerns and calls into question whether the Biden family is once again selling access and influence. Although you are a budding artist, Hunter Biden has received exorbitant amounts of money selling his artwork, the identity of the buyers remains unknown, and you appear to be the sole archiver of these lucrative transactions.”

House Republicans previously sought information about Hunter Biden’s art dealings in the last Congress, but their requests to Burgess went unanswered.

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Hunter Biden looks at art with his family at Georges Bergès Gallery in New York. The remark comes days after Elon Musk released some internal Twitter files related to stories about Hunter’s laptop.
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Georges Berges attends Dr. Gina Sam's Resident Magazine Cover Party at Georges Berges Gallery on September 20, 2018 in New York City.

Georges Berges attends Dr. Gina Sam’s Resident Magazine Cover Party at Georges Berges Gallery on September 20, 2018 in New York City.
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The gallery previously told Fox News Digital in December that prices for a public exhibition where Biden has been seen with his art range between $65,000 and $200,000, depending on the work and the exhibit.

Hunter Biden’s art debuted last year at the SoHo gallery.

The president’s son is the subject of a congressional ethics investigation into his international business dealings, based on allegations that Hunter Biden used his father’s government positions to attract business deals that benefited the Biden family.

“You stated that Hunter Biden’s latest artwork ranges in price from $55,000 to $225,000. It is troubling that President Biden’s son is the recipient of anonymous high-dollar transactions – potentially from foreign buyers – with no accountability or oversight (other than you),” Comer wrote to Burgess.. “The American people deserve transparency regarding certain details of Hunter Biden’s expensive art deals. We believe you possess important information related to this investigation.”

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Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., prepares for a televised interview at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., prepares for a televised interview at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
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Art experts derided Biden’s works as overpriced, suggesting that buyers would pay for Biden’s name rather than the art itself.

Others have raised questions about whether confidential art buyers are trying to take advantage of the first family, suggesting the White House’s involvement in price negotiations is an ethical issue.

“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” said Richard Painter, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007. In a July 2021 interview with the Washington Post, he indicated that a foreign government could suggest someone make a purchase, or lobbyists may try to buy the art to curry favor with the White House.

The White House said keeping the identity of the art buyers a secret would allow the president’s son to have an artistic career while ensuring the process was ethical.

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“The president has set the highest ethical standards of any administration in American history, and his family’s commitment to rigorous processes like this is an excellent example,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates told the Post at the time.

Fox News’ Houston Keane contributed to this report.

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