Former police chief: Why is the media all but ignoring one of the greatest ethics scandals to ever hit the White House?

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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. 

WASHINGTON, DC- Suddenly the Biden White House is concerned about “ethical” questions surrounding Hunter Biden. That would almost be hilarious if it weren’t so absurd. Hunter Biden is an ethical cluster you-know-what, and now all of a sudden there is “concern?”

The latest ethical pickle the crackhead is in the middle of involves his newfound “art venture,” where instead of snorting cocaine through a straw he blows paint out through it thereby creating “art.”

There have been concerns already expressed that the art dealings are a form of buying access to Joe Biden, which again is nothing new and in fact has been the Biden family business.

Administration officials, according to Breitbart News are trying to put together an agreement which will make sure that any buyers of Hunter Biden’s creations, which for some odd reason are expected to garner upwards of a half million dollars, will remain anonymous, including to Hunter Biden himself.

The younger Biden is working with a Soho art dealer named Georges Berges, who will be holding an exhibition this fall in New York City and where he is expecting to sell the paintings created by Biden blowing through a straw for between $75,000 and $500,000.

The fact the sales will be less transparent, and more obscure has drawn concerns by people who have already questioned the Biden families’, shall we say, questionable business dealings.

 

Numerous sources, including Hunter Biden’s own laptop have revealed some less than above-board business dealings especially where Hunter Biden and his father are concerned.

Other members of the Biden family, including the brothers and sister of Joe Biden, and his daughter Ashley have appeared to trade on the Biden name in pay-for-play schemes as well.

According to the Washington Post, administration insiders are trying to craft an arrangement whereby all buyers of the “art” will remain anonymous, this in order to assuage concerns about possible ethical (or for that matter illegal) issues. Berges will determine the price points for the “artwork” and will be responsible for withholding “all records, including potential bidders and final buyers.”

“The owner, George Berges, has also agreed to reject any offer that he deems suspicious or that comes in over the acting price, according to people familiar with the agreement,” the Post said.

Some however find the proposed “solution” troubling.

“This is an absurd solution,” said Breitbart News senior contributor and author of Profiles in Corruption, Peter Schweizer.

“The only way to address these issues is with greater transparency—not less,” he said.

“Their proposed solution is greater secrecy, not transparency. And they are essentially saying ‘Trust Us.’ Joe and Hunter Biden’s track record on such matters gives us no reason to trust them.”

It isn’t just Schweizer sounding alarm bells. Breitbart noted that former ethics officials under both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama think the arrangement is bizarre.

“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” said Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer to President Bush.

“The initial reaction a lot of people are going to have is that he’s capitalizing on being the son of a president and wants people to give him a lot of money. I mean, those are awfully high prices.”

What, Hunter Biden…capitalize on being the son of a president?? Perish the thought.

The Post noted, “ some experts argued that the best protection against influence-seeking would be transparency, not secrecy.”

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Meanwhile, Walter Shaub, Office of Government Ethics director under Barack Obama previously stated that Hunter Biden’s art scheme has a “shameful and grifty feeling to it,” and implied the White House’s plan is insufficient.

“Because we don’t know who is paying for this art and we don’t know for sure that [Hunter Biden] knows, we have no way of monitoring whether people are buying access to the White House,” said Shaub, according to the Post. “What these people are paying for is Hunter Biden’s last name.”

Others outside the political world are also questioning the arrangement, which certainly gives the impression of a “quid pro quo” that had Democrats so in a tizzy during former President Trump’s first impeachment.

New York gallery owner Marc Straus questioned the prices set for the novice Biden’s work, noting that “nobody would ever start at these prices” for an unknown such as Hunter Biden.

“There has to be a resume that reasonably supports when you get that high,” Straus said.

“To me, it’s pure ‘how good is it and what’s this artist’s potential, what’s the resume?’ On that basis, it would be an entirely different price. But you give it a name like Hunter Biden, maybe they’ll get the price.”

“My take was [the paintings] weren’t bad at all,” he said according to the Post. “But there’s a yawning gap between not bad and something fabulous.”

Not surprisingly, the White House has expressed zero problem with the possible arrangement, since ethics and Biden are a contradiction in terms.

“The president has established the highest ethical standards of any administration in American history, and his family’s commitment to rigorous processes like this is a prime example,” said deputy White House press secretary Anthony Bates, who apparently got his propaganda chops from Jen Psaki, chief White House propagandist.

Oh, not for nothing but Berges also has some ties to China, according to Breitbart. How weird is that? A Biden with ties to China? He refused to comment on the Biden art arrangement, however a woman who spoke to the Washington Post on his behalf said it was “nothing unusual.”

If the arrangement seems odd, the fact that the art dealer’s website takes steps to avoid mentioning Hunter Biden’s connection to the president is even worse. It only refers to Hunter Biden as a “lawyer by trade who now devotes his life to the creative arts.” Oh, and making porn movies with prostitutes.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another gallery owner said possible pay for play concerns are still there.

“Anybody who buys it would be guaranteed instant profit,” said Alex Acevedo, owner of the Alexander Gallery in Midtown Manhattan to the New York Post. “He’s the president’s sone. Everybody would want a piece of that. The provenance is impeccable.”

Acevedo estimated that if Hunter’s last name weren’t Biden, the art would go lower, probably between $25,000 and $100,000.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Shaub last month told Fox News that Berges “should disclose the identity of the purchasers” in order to alleviate concerns of buyers attempting to “gain access to [the] government.”

This is just another in a series of questionable dealings by Hunter Biden, who famously was involved in a number of shady business dealings when his father served as vice president.

Chief among them was as a board member of crooked Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, where despite having zero experience in the energy field he earned a five-figure salary.

At that time, Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point man in Ukraine. At that time, a prosecutor in the Eastern European country was investigating Burisma for corruption. Joe Biden threatened to withhold U.S. assistance to Ukraine unless officials of that country fired the prosecutor, which they did.  

A number of the Biden family’s suspicious business dealings such as the above were outlined in an expose of “Biden Five” family corruption, as previously reported in Breitbart News:

Hunter also came under criticism for his lucrative business dealings with state-owned entities in China, as Breitbart News senior contributor and Secret Empires author Peter Schweizer reported in detail.

“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) president explained during an appearance with Fox News’ Sean Hannity in 2019.

Aside from all the questions following anything to do with the Biden crime syndicate, money laundering has been identified previously as an issue in the art world, which was detailed by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report last year.

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

“Given the intrinsic secrecy of the art industry, it is clear that change is needed in this multi-billion-dollar industry,” it added.

In June, Hunter told Artnet that painting is “much more about kind of trying to bring forth what is, I think, the universal truth.”

Hunter Biden was asked what his father thought of his art, to which he told them:

“My dad loves everything that I do, and so I’ll leave it at that.”

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