House Republicans have launched an investigation into whether members of the Biden family profit off Joe's assumed presidency. They're specifically interested in learning about Hunter Biden's art sales.
Perhaps they find it difficult to understand that a wholly unskilled artist's first painting can fetch half a million dollars. But, heck, why not?
Hunter amassed a fortune as a member of the Burisma Holdings board of directors despite having no prior experience in Ukraine or the energy sector.
In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and other Republicans wrote:
“Reports regarding President Biden’s family members attempting to profit from their proximity to the White House have been disturbing and recurring. Unfortunately, these reports of President Biden using his former official positions of public trust to swell the coffers of his family members are widespread, and any hope the pattern of family self-dealing would finally stop when he assumed the presidency has been dashed.”
“The prices for these paintings—by someone with no formal training or history as an artist—raise questions about whether the art is being offered for its merit or its connection to the White House.”
The White House Counsel's Office and the National Archives and Records Administration were both asked for papers by the group. They emphasized the odd fact that the White House assisted in the sales planning, including keeping the buyers' identities hidden. Why would they do such a thing unless the buyers were dealing with the federal government? Inquiring minds want to know what's going on.
The Epoch Times reported,
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of the arrangement in a recent press conference that “after careful consideration, a system has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within reasonable safeguards.”
The lawmakers also noted that Biden’s sister plans to publish a book about her time as the president “whisperer” and that the law firm employing Biden’s brother, Frank Biden, promoted the relationship in an advertisement on the same day the president was inaugurated.
The “potential pattern of using the White House for profit” dates back to Biden’s time as vice president, with Frank Biden in 2011 promoting the sibling relationship and Hunter Biden flying to China in 2013 with his father at the same time he was creating a Chinese private equity fund.