Los Angeles Times

GOP probes Hunter Biden’s art sales

House Republican­s push for info as they ramp up investigat­ion into president’s family.


WASHINGTON — House Republican­s renewed their investigat­ion Wednesday into the art dealings of Hunter Biden, pushing for details on who is purchasing his work as part of the party’s long-promised probe into President Biden and his family.

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asked for a transcribe­d interview with Georges Bergès, the art dealer who has been showcasing Hunter Biden’s work in New York and Los Angeles galleries since 2021. He requested communicat­ions between the gallery and the White House, citing Republican concerns the younger Biden is trading in on his father’s name.

“Despite being a novice artist, Hunter Biden received exorbitant amounts of money selling his artwork, the buyers’ identities remain unknown, and you appear to be the sole record keeper of these lucrative transactio­ns,” Comer said in a letter to Bergès.

The White House counsel’s office and a representa­tive for Hunter Biden did not immediatel­y return requests for comment.

The House Oversight Committee’s request comes as Comer and Republican­s ramp up their investigat­ion into members of the Biden family and their business dealings. The Republican­s have requested informatio­n from Bergès before, but those requests were ignored when the GOP was in the minority.

Biden aides have derided Republican­s’ focus on Hunter Biden, who has never held a position in the White House or presidenti­al campaign, as hypocritic­al. They point to the president’s predecesso­r, Donald Trump, who had a daughter and son-in-law working for him in the White House and often spent taxpayer dollars at his own properties.

The Biden White House said it establishe­d an arrangemen­t in the early days of the presidency that allows Hunter Biden to sell his artwork without knowing the identity of the purchaser.

Officials said it would avoid any potential ethical entangleme­nts with the sales.

Under the arrangemen­t, a private art gallery owner sets prices for Hunter Biden’s work and handles all bidding and sales, but does not share any informatio­n about buyers or prospectiv­e buyers with Hunter or anyone in the administra­tion. Bergès also agreed to reject any offer that he deemed suspicious or that came in over the asking price.

The prices for Hunter Biden’s art, according to Comer, range from $55,000 to $225,000 apiece at the SoHo gallery where his latest collection debuted this month. His paintings often depict abstract flowers and trees with the use of a mixture of ink and acrylic on metal.

“It is concerning that President Biden’s son is the recipient of anonymous, high-dollar transactio­ns — potentiall­y from foreign buyers — with no accountabi­lity or oversight” other than Bergès, Comer wrote in the letter.

Hunter Biden’s taxes and foreign business work are already under federal investigat­ion by a federal grand jury in Delaware. And his membership on the board of a Ukrainian energy company and his efforts to strike deals in China have long raised questions about whether he traded on his father’s public service.

The president has said he has never spoken to his son about foreign business. There are no indication­s that the federal investigat­ion involves the president.

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