Hunter Biden has a “right” to an “artistic career” and sales will not be corrupted: Psaki


White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday first son Hunter Biden had “the right to an artistic career” – and that his next art sales would not be a means of influence peddling with his father.

Psaki said that a “professional gallery owner” negotiating the sales would not inform the first son of who is buying his first works of art – for which he is looking for up to $ 500,000 – and that any offer beyond reason will not be accepted. not accepted.

“After careful consideration, a system has been established which allows Hunter Biden to work in his profession with reasonable safeguards. 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 in response to a question from CBS News’s Weijia Jiang.

“All interactions regarding art sales and pricing will be handled by a professional gallery owner meeting the highest standards in the industry and any offer outside the normal scope will be rejected out of hand,” Psaki said during his daily press briefing.

Hunter Biden's art is finally on sale at a New York gallery, with the most expensive pieces expected to exceed $ 500,000, and buyers have pledged anonymity.
Jen Psaki has said Hunter Biden can continue his work with “reasonable guarantees”.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on June 21, 2021.
Psaki noted that the sales broker will not tell Hunter Biden who the buyers are.
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“The gallery owner will not share information about buyers or potential buyers, including their identity, with Hunter Biden or the administration, which provides a fairly high level of protection.”

In response to a follow-up question, Psaki insisted that “it would be difficult for an anonymous person we don’t know and Hunter Biden doesn’t know how to have influence.”

Obama Administration Ethics Director Walter Shaub criticized the White House’s workaround for Hunter Biden’s art sales, tweet ThursdayImagine that you are the White House official who came up with the idea of ​​outsourcing government ethics management to an art dealer, and you suddenly realize that Russian oligarchs love art too. “

Hunter Biden’s business activities and their possible connections to his father’s work have long sparked controversy. Former President Donald Trump was impeached in 2019 for asking Ukraine to review Hunter’s $ 83,000-per-month work on the board of energy company Burisma, despite no relevant industry experience. while his vice-president father directed the Ukrainian policy of the Obama administration.

One of Hunter Biden's works of art.
One of Hunter Biden’s works of art.
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Hunter Biden's art is finally on sale at a New York gallery, with the most expensive pieces expected to exceed $ 500,000, and buyers have pledged anonymity.
Hunter Biden’s works could potentially fetch up to $ 500,000.
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Recent documents and photos reported by The Post indicate that Joe Biden, while he was vice president, met with Hunter Biden business associates from Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mexico.

Psaki confirmed to the Post on Friday that the first son was “working to offload” a 10% stake in a Chinese investment fund that was set up 12 days after joining his father aboard Air Force Two for an official trip to China. 2013 in Beijing. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is “controlled and financed mainly by large shareholders owned by the Chinese government”, including the Bank of China.



Helen L. Cuellar

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