(TargetLiberty.org) – In a recent testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Georges Bergès, a New York City art dealer and owner of the Georges Bergès Art Gallery in Manhattan, made revelations contradicting the White House’s earlier stance on the anonymity of Hunter Biden’s art buyers. Bergès disclosed that Hunter Biden was aware of the identities of about 70% of his artwork buyers, including his lawyer, Kevin Morris, who is often referred to as Hunter’s “sugar brother” due to his financial support. This information contrasts with the White House’s previously reported ethics agreement, which aimed to keep the buyers’ identities hidden from Hunter Biden.
The ethics agreement, as reported by The Washington Post in July 2021, was supposedly designed to prevent ethical issues by ensuring Hunter Biden remained unaware of who was purchasing his artwork, some of which were priced as high as $500,000. This agreement was often cited by former White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Bergès testified that Morris, who purchased $875,000 worth of Hunter Biden’s artwork, only paid a 40% commission on the transaction. This deal was unusual for Bergès, who also highlighted that Hunter knew about the purchase. Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, another buyer of Hunter Biden’s artwork, was later appointed by President Biden to a prestigious commission. Her purchases, which totaled over $90,000, occurred both before and after her appointment, raising questions about the motives behind the acquisition.
The Oversight Committee, led by Republican lawmakers, is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, investigating potential conflicts of interest involving Hunter Biden’s art career and its possible influence on the White House. Committee Chair James Comer criticized the White House for allegedly deceiving the public about the ethics agreement governing the sale of Hunter Biden’s art.
The situation has also drawn criticism from Walter Shaub, a former ethics chief in the Obama administration, who described the White House’s arrangement as a potential channel for corruption. Shaub expressed disappointment in the lack of transparency, emphasizing the need to know who is purchasing Hunter Biden’s art to monitor potential access to government.
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