WASHINGTON (TUSEN) — House Republicans on Wednesday renewed their investigation into Hunter Biden’s art dealing business, pushing for details about who is buying his work as part of the party’s long-promised investigation into President Joe Biden and his family.
Rep. James Comer, new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asked for a transcribed interview with Georges Bergès, the art dealer who has been exhibiting Hunter Biden’s work in galleries in New York and Los Angeles since 2021. He requested communication between the gallery and the White House, citing Republican concerns that the younger Biden is trading in his father’s name.
“Despite being a budding artist, Hunter Biden received exorbitant sums for the sale of his artwork, the identities of the buyers remain unknown, and you appear to be the sole custodian of these lucrative transactions,” said Comer, a Kentucky Republican. in a letter. to Berges.
The White House counsel’s office and a representative for Hunter Biden did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Oversight request comes as Comer and Republicans ramp up their investigations into members of the Biden family and their business dealings. The Republicans have asked Bergès for information before, but those requests were ignored when the GOP was outnumbered.
Biden aides have derided the Republicans’ focus on Hunter Biden, who never held office 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 work for him in the White House and often spent taxpayers’ money on his own property.
The Biden White House said it had made an arrangement in the early days of the presidency that allowed Hunter Biden to sell his artwork without knowing the identity of the buyer. Officials said it would avoid any potential ethical entanglements with the sale.
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 information about buyers or potential buyers with Hunter or anyone in the administration. Bergès also agreed to reject any offer he deemed suspicious or above the asking price.
Prices for Hunter Biden’s art range from $55,000 to $225,000 each at the SoHo gallery, where his latest collection debuted earlier this month, according to Comer. His paintings often depict abstract flowers and trees using a mixture of ink and acrylic on metal.
“It is concerning that President Biden’s son is the recipient of anonymous, expensive transactions — possibly from foreign buyers — with no accountability or oversight (other than you),” Comer wrote in the letter. “The American people deserve transparency on certain details about Hunter Biden’s high-priced art deals.”
Hunter Biden’s taxes and foreign affairs are already under federal investigation by a federal grand jury in Delaware. And his membership on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company and his attempts to make deals in China have long raised the question of whether he was acting in the employ of his father.
Joe Biden has said he never spoke to his son about foreign affairs. There is no indication that the president is involved in the federal investigation.