Former police chief: Hunter’s ‘art deal’ sure looks like a money-laundering scheme

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NEW YORK, NY- Getting paid $50,000 a month for being on the board of a company in an industry in which you have no experience? That’s a pittance compared to what coke-head Hunter Biden is poised to make for selling his “art,” according to Breitbart.

Biden, who cleaned up on daddy’s name (and access) while a board member for corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma has changed careers from being a coke-snorting, hooker paying dirtbag into that of an “artist.”

And a deal he has with a New York art dealer is raising eyebrows.

 

Breitbart reports that Biden is apparently now a “full-time artist” and is working with Soho art dealer George Berges to hold an exhibition of his “art” in the next few months, estimating the prices of Hunter Biden’s artwork at between $75,000 to $500,000, according to Artnet.

Reports say that Berges plans on hosting a “private viewing for Biden in Los Angeles this fall, followed by an exhibition in New York.”

So let’s get this right–$75,000 to $500,000 for blowing paint through a straw? Sounds more like a money-laundering scheme. Of course, Hunter Biden has a lot of experience passing substances through straws, so this should be a natural for him. Wonder if he’s going to try parmesan cheese art?

In describing his painting style, Biden said that he doesn’t paint from emotion or feeling.

“I don’t paint from emotion or feeling, which I think are both very ephemeral,” Biden said. “For me, painting is much more about kind of trying to bring forth wat is, I think, the universal truth.”

How very “inspiring” of him.

Not surprisingly, Berges has ties to China, which is right up Hunter’s alley. He is reported to “regularly features works by Chinese artists and told a Chinese network that he was keen to open other art galleries in Beijing and Shanghai in 2015.”

Berges has also been a major cheerleader of Chinese art, in 2014 telling Chinese state-owned media outlet China Daily that, “The questions that I always had was how’s China changing the world in terms of art and  culture.”

Hunter Biden has of course made a career out of trading on his family name and his father’s position, having traded Joe Biden’s position as vice president to a slot on the board of Burisma. He has also attained other high-profile positions despite having little to no experience.

His latest foray into the art world and the estimated “worth” of his “art” is raising eyebrows. As Law Enforcement Today has previously reported, none of the Biden’s are beyond swapping their last name for a little extra cash.

The most glaring example of Hunter Biden trading on his father’s position was his installment on the board of Burisma. He had zero experience in the energy sector and zero experience in Ukraine.

What raised a red flag was the fact that at that time, Joe Biden, serving as vice president was the lead on negotiating U.S. policy with Ukraine.

At that time, Ukrainian officials were investigating Burisma for corruption, and Joe Biden had threatened to withhold U.S. aid to that nation unless the prosecutor investigating Burisma was fired. Biden bragged about it a couple of years later, saying the prosecutor was fired due to his threat. Quid pro quo anyone?

Hunter Biden was also involved in what were described as “lucrative business dealings with state-owned entities” in the communist nation of China, which was reported previously by Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer, author of the book Secret Empires.

“In China, [Hunter] travels with his father in December [2013] aboard Air Force Two. While his father is meeting with Chinese officials, Hunter Biden is doing we don’t know what. But the evidence becomes clear because ten days after they return to Washington, his small boutique investment firm, Rosemont Seneca, gets a $1 billion deal,” the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) explained during a 2019 appearance with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“That’s $1 billion with a ‘B,’ later expanded to $1.5 billion. And that deal is with the Chinese government,” he explained. “It’s a deal that nobody else has in China. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, nobody.”

All of this has Schweizer suspicious of the latest Hunter Biden gambit, believing it could be another pay-for-play money laundering scheme by Biden.

“Hunter Biden was reportedly hired and given deals by foreign entities that he was clearly not qualified for in the hops of getting favors from his father,” Schweizer told Breitbart.

“It is not a stretch to believe that foreign entities will pay for or commission his works of art at inflated prices to do the same.”

In fact, the art world has been singled out a source of money laundering, which was outlined in a bipartisan Senate investigation last year:

The Senate report details how a pair of Russian oligarchs with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly seized on the secrecy of the art industry to evade sanctions by making more than $18 million in high-value art purchases.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” investigators for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations told reporters on a call. The art world is considered to be the largest legal unregulated industry in the United States, according to the Senate investigation.

The Rotenberg example and many other investigation details highlight the fact that, unlike selling stock or making routine bank transfers, art sales through auction houses are not subject to anti-money laundering provisions in the Bank Secrecy Act. When art is sold, according to the report, sellers are not required to confirm the identity of the buyer nor make sure the artwork isn’t being used to launder dirty money.

“Secrecy, anonymity, and a lack of regulation create an environment ripe for laundering money and evading sanctions,” the Senate report read.

Hmmm…sounds like it’s right up the alley of a member of the Biden crime syndicate.

In explaining his “art” to Artnet, Hunter Biden, who had clearly been sniffing glue or something told them:

“The universal truth is that everything is connected and that there’s something that goes far beyond what is our five senses and connects us all,” he said.

“The thing that really fascinates me is the connection between the macro and the micro, and how these patterns repeat themselves over and over,” then explaining that art is “not a tool that u use to be able to, in any way, cope.”

He said that instead it “comes from a much deeper place.”

Berges described Biden’s work as having “authenticity” that he “personally” loves.

“A lot of the issues that are thrown at Hunter is what makes him produce really great work,’ Berges finished.

As noted earlier, Biden creates his “art” by blowing paint through straws. One thing we have learned about Hunter Biden is that he is particularly skilled at transferring substances through straws.

He’s also adept at padding his bank account through questionable means.

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The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute is a source we have used before. He is an expert on government corruption, and his book Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite, hit #1 on Amazon 10 days before it was even released.

He spends all of his time investigating government corruption. And he’s got a lot on the would-be president, Joseph R. Biden.

Schweizer did a deep dive on the Biden family, what he refers to as “The Biden Five”- Hunter Biden, his brothers Frank and James Biden, his sister Valerie and his daughter Ashley Biden. In the book, Schweitzer explained how those five were able to monetize their connections to him…and his influence.

In a recent interview on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily, Schweizer talked about the Biden Five with host Alex Marlow. The book does a deep dive not only into the Biden family, however, also looks at the entire “institutional” Democratic Party and their corruption.

Marlow complimented Schweizer’s look at the Biden’s as providing “indisputable evidence that Joe Biden is running a crime like syndicate where he is, if nothing else, enabling his family members to get rich, without really any noticeable skill, using the American people’s good name.”

Clearly, the international reach of the Biden family’s tentacles seems to be a clear indication that, as Schweizer said:

“Joe Biden is the planet around which the moons of his family travel, and the gravitational pull is Joe Biden’s power and his position, and the family has enriched themselves based on the positions he has.”

He continued:

“Before Joe Biden is vice president of the United States, they’re rally not doing many international deals, but once Joe Biden becomes vice president of the United States, suddenly, they’ve got foreign governments and foreign entities falling over themselves to cut them in on deals that they have no background or no expertise in. There’s a direct link between the corrupt acts of the family and the policy positions and power that Joe Biden has.”

Schweizer then addressed the five Bidens individually.

Hunter Biden- In December 2013, Hunter went with his father, the then-vice president aboard Air Force Two on a trip to China. Just ten days later, he was able to secure over $1 billion in financing from the Chinese state-run Bank of China for a brand-new private equity firm he had co-founded. The disconnect from the Hunter Biden pre-Joe Biden vice president and after Joe Biden vice president is striking Schweizer noted.

“Before Joe Biden becomes vice president of the United States, Hunter is a lobbyist for online gambling companies in Europe. That’s what he’s doing. That’s his professional background. Once his dad becomes vice president of the United States, he suddenly starts doing a whole host of global deals beginning in China. He flies with his dad on Air Force Two to Beijing China in December 2013.”

Schweizer said that within only 10 days of that trip, Hunter Biden joined the board of directors and got an equity stake in a Chinese government-financed investment firm, BHR Partners, Bohai Harvest RST. Schweizer added:

“He has no background in private equity. He has no background in China. They put him on the board precisely because his father is vice president and precisely because his father is taking pro-China positions on the global stage.”

Schweizer noted Hunter Biden’s total lack of any type of experience or expertise concerning private equity, or the country of China, yet China chose to fund BHR. Hmmm…wonder why?

Just two years later, the Obama administration approved the sale of a strategically sensitive American company, Henniges Automotive, in a joint purchase shared by a Chinese military contractor and BHR. This required special approval from the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) due to the company’s manufacturing of technology with military applications.

According to Schweizer, Hunter Biden’s business partners explicitly said that he brought no expertise or anything else for that matter to the table. He had no money, no expertise…all he had was the “pipeline to the administration…his father Joe Biden.

Schweizer said the Chinese Communist Party knew they could use Hunter Biden to get what they wanted from the Obama-Biden administration.

“There’s a very clear reason why the Chinese government wants the sone of the vice president sitting on their board involved in these deals, because they need the approval of the Obama-Biden administration, which is of course what they get when they start acquiring these companies.”

Biden has repeatedly denied knowing what his only son was up to, saying he “never discussed my business or their business, my sons’ or daughter’s,” he said in 2019.

“And I’ve never discussed them because they know where I have to do my job and that’s it and they have to make their own judgments.”

Biden has insinuated an “absolute wall” exists between himself and his family’s business interests.

Biden said, “I have never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses. Period.”

However, a photograph taken of Joe Biden with Kazakhstan oligarch Kenes Rakishev  who had looked into establishing a business relationship with Hunter Biden seems to blow Joe Biden’s claim of “no knowledge of” his family’s business dealings as a load of, to quote Biden, “malarkey.”

Let us also not forget the money wired to Hunter Biden by Yelena Baturina, a Russian oligarch who wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca, a private investment firm co-owned by Hunter Biden. The consultancy fee was, according to Baturina’s brother a “payment to enter the American market.”

We won’t even get into Burisma. That one is so obvious as to be an embarrassment.

Schweizer said the mere overwhelming evidence that the Biden family possesses zero expertise in fields where they have realized millions of dollars, all from foreign governments. Clearly all of this points back to Joe Biden.

“What are the Bidens selling?” Schweizer asked. “What product or what service are they providing these Chinese companies [or] a Ukrainian energy company? They don’t know anything about the energy business. They don’t know anything about private finance [or] equity companies. They  don’t know anything about that, so the point is these foreign entities are paying the Bidens money—millions of dollars. The question is, what are they getting in return?”

Frank Biden- When Joe Biden served as vice president, another member of his family also benefited financially…his youngest brother Frank, who realized millions of dollars in taxpayer loans tied to real estate developments in the Caribbean during the Obama-Biden administration.

According to Schweizer, Frank Biden “basically was a real estate agent—not very successful—in Florida. Suddenly he’s going into the renewable energy business.”

Frank Biden had no experience in renewable energy whatsoever. Schweizer noted that Frank Biden set up companies in Costa Rica and another in Jamaica, then was able to score taxpayer-backed loans from the U.S. government to do renewable energy projects in both those countries.

Frank Biden also scored millions of dollars in grants from the Department of Education in order to construct charter schools and attributed his family name as a ‘tremendous asset” that brought “automatic acceptance” for government approvals of school projects, as well as the ability to secure public funding.

“These are our grants that are discretionary, which means the Department of Education can decide who they want to give them to,” Schweizer said.

“[Frank Biden] took in millions of dollars from the Education Department while his brother was vice president of the United States.”

Not only that, but Frank Biden was able to have a meeting involving his companies in the Oval Office with none other than President Barack Obama, and a couple of other people.

“If his name had been Frank Jones instead of Frank Biden, I doubt that any of that would have happened.”

James Biden- Yet another Biden, Joe Biden’s younger brother James also joined the Biden gravy train. The firm he worked for as executive vice president, HillStone International, received $1.5 billion in government contracts during the Obama administration, which included a contract to build 100,000 homes in Iraq.

Schweizer explained the numerous conflicts of interest related to James Biden’s position with HillStone, since his brother the vice president had oversight of humanitarian, government-funded development projects in Iraq while he was vice president, the same type of project for which HillStone received $1.5 billion.

It should be noted that James Biden had zero background in either construction of international development when he joined HillStone. However the company profile of James Biden bragged that James Biden’s connection to Joe Biden was a professional attribute.

“Within six months [of HillStone’s founding], they land these billion-dollar contracts to build homes in Iraq,” Schweizer said. “This is part of the Iraqi reconstruction after the war, and who is in charge of the Iraqi reconstruction at the time? Joe Biden, his brother. Now we have a third member of the family, who because of Joe Biden’s position, is cashing in. In this case, taxpayer money is flowing to a member of the Biden family.”

Valerie Biden- Not to be left out of the financial extravaganza tied into being related to Joe Biden, his sister Valerie, who had managed his senate campaigns in Delaware actually realized a financial windfall from his campaigns, directing $2.5 million to her political communications firm from two Joe Biden campaigns…Citizens for Biden and Biden for President, Inc.

Schweizer referred to this as “legal graft.”

He explained that, “When Joe Biden ran for the senate in Delaware—obviously a very safe seat for him, there hasn’t been a Republican in there for 40 years—what does Joe do? Joe hires his sister to run his campaigns [and] hires her firm as a consultant. As a result, millions of dollars flow to Valerie Biden.”

“It speaks to the pattern of the Bidens looking at opportunities to take money, whether it’s taxpayer money, political money, or business money, and steer it to their family members for their benefit,” Schweizer said.

Ashley Biden- Just after his daughter Ashley’s husband Howard Krein started a healthcare company in 2011, StartUp Health, Joe Biden arranged a meeting with Barack Obama in the Oval Office only weeks after the company’s founding.

Schweizer referred to that meeting as a “huge hookup,” explaining that StartUp was able to gain an invitation to Health Data-Palooza, which was a joint conference run with the federal government and healthcare industry.

“Health Data-Palooza is very prestigious and very hard to get into,” Schweizer explained. “They get hooked up and they are put front and center in this very important conference, and that’s the beginning of the favors that happen.”

He noted that Joe Biden gave private speeches and briefings to the partners and investors of Howard Krein’s business.

Of course, having inside knowledge of the Obama administration’s planned healthcare initiatives gave Biden’s son in law a competitive advantage over competing healthcare companies, Schweizer said.

Currently, Krein is advising the Biden team on COVID-19 matters, and the company plans on investing $1 million in companies developing goods and services relative to the coronavirus.

According to Politico, in a rare moment of journalistic integrity, “Krein simultaneously advising the campaign and venturing into Covid investing could pose conflict-of-interest concerns for a Biden administration or simply create the awkward appearance of Krein profiting off his father-in-law’s policies.”

Schweizer did credit the Biden family for one thing:

“The Bidens, to me, are unprecedented in the extent and scope of the corruption, because I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Schweizer explained. “I’ve exposed Republicans and Democrats. The most that I’ve ever seen up to this point was a Republican senator from Missouri that had three family members engaged in this kind of behavior. The Bidens now have five, making the Biden Five in my mind, the reigning champs when it comes to corrupt behavior in Washington, DC.”

And that doesn’t even include “the Big Guy.”

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