WASHINGTON, DC – Former President Obama’s ethics chief, Walter Shaub, is highly critical of the White House’s plan on how to approach Hunter Biden’s artwork sales.
And yes, apparently Hunter Biden is now an artist.
Obama ethics chief blasts secret Hunter Biden art scheme arranged by White Househttps://t.co/SuFjqphjpA
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 8, 2021
According to reports, the White House announced an ethics plan regarding the sale of Hunter Biden’s artwork, noting that the man who mistakenly smoked parmesan cheese thinking it was crack will not be privy to who is purchasing his artwork – which apparently Hunter Biden’s paintings will range in price from $75,000 to $500,000.
Former Obama ethics chief Shaub is rightfully concerned that the White House is pushing for secret buyers of Hunter Biden’s artwork, highlighting that this creates too much wiggle room for potential backroom dealings prefaced with high-ticket art purchases from the president’s son:
“So instead of disclosing who is paying outrageous sums for Hunter Biden’s artwork so that we could monitor whether the purchasers are gaining access to government, the WH tried to make sure we will never know who they are. That’s very disappointing.”
“The idea’s that even Hunter won’t know, but the WH has outsourced government ethics to a private art dealer. We’re supposed to trust a merchant in an industry that’s fertile ground for money laundering, as well as unknown buyers who could tell Hunter or WH officials? No thanks.”
The idea’s that even Hunter won’t know, but the WH has outsourced government ethics to a private art dealer. We’re supposed to trust a merchant in an industry that’s fertile ground for money laundering, as well as unknown buyers who could tell Hunter or WH officials? No thanks./2
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 8, 2021
Shaub’s mentioning of the world of high-ticket art dealings being a “fertile ground for money laundering” isn’t a farfetched claim, as CNN even released an article back in July of 2020 called “The art world has a money laundering problem”, which article title speaks for itself.
Shaub referred to the White House’s approach on this ordeal as being the “amateur hour” in the realm of governments ethics, calling Hunter Biden’s venture into the world of high-priced art another instance of him “profiting off his father’s public service”:
“Is this amateur hour for government ethics? Good luck dealing with the fallout when a new owner of Hunter’s pricey “art” appears in a magazine spread. In the meantime, the WH has put its stamp of approval on the president’s son profiting off his father’s public service again.”
Now Shaub is no fan of former President Trump’s time in office, noting that Trump was also at times an “ethical disaster”, but said that President Biden cannot be ignored because he’s perceived to “better” than Trump in the world of ethics:
“Yeah yeah, I know some folks aren’t going to like this thread because we’re not supposed to criticize the president who’s way better than the ethical disaster named Trump. But, you know what? With democracy on the ropes, ethics has never been more important. And this ain’t it.”
Yeah yeah, I know some folks aren’t going to like this thread because we’re not supposed to criticize the president who’s way better than the ethical disaster named Trump. But, you know what? With democracy on the ropes, ethics has never been more important. And this ain’t it. /4
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 8, 2021
In an emailed statement to Fox News, Shaub further expanded on his concerns over the Hunter Biden art sales debacle, saying that the White House having the buyers of Hunter Biden’s artwork remain anonymous gives Americans no “means to monitor whether the buyers are getting preferential access to government.”
Shaub added that by the White House getting involved with Soho art dealer Georges Berges, who is slated to hold an exhibition during the fall of 2021 featuring Hunter Biden’s artwork, and not asking for anything other than “transparency” on who is buying the artwork is essentially approving of Hunter Biden “trading on” his father’s role as president:
“Nobody ever said secrecy was the best disinfectant, but that’s what we have now. And White House officials getting involved in any way other than to request transparency amounts to effectively putting an official stamp of approval on the president’s son trading on his father’s public service.”
Obama’s former ethics chief noted that President Biden should instead be “begging” Hunter to not get entangled in these art sales:
“Instead, the president should be begging his son not to go through with this sale, even if that means threatening to banish him from the family’s Thanksgiving table this fall and publicly condemning his actions.”
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We at Law Enforcement Today have reported previously on Hunter Biden’s exploits while seemingly profiteering off of his father’s time in the White House during the Obama administration.
Here’s our previous report from May detailing Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings that allegedly involved his father.
WASHINGTON, DC- In information that must be considered to be a bombshell, information contained on the laptop belonging to Hunter Biden confirms that “the big guy”, aka Joe Biden met with Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakhstani business partners of his crackhead son’s at a dinner in Washington, DC while he was serving as vice president, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.
The dinner occurred on April 16, 2015 at the private “Garden Room” at Café Milano, located in the tony Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. According to the restaurant’s catchphrase, it is “Where the world’s most powerful people go.”
The newly released information seems to drive a stake into Joe Biden’s claims that he “didn’t know much” about his son Hunter’s shady business dealings.
The day after that meeting, Hunter Biden received an email from an executive of Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company thanking him for introducing him to his father. That man was identified as Vadym Pozharskyi.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” Pozharskyi wrote. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
This occurred at the time that Hunter Biden was getting a nifty $83,333 for sitting on Burisma’s board, despite having zero experience in the energy sector.
Among those on a guest list prepared by Hunter Biden some three weeks before the dinner were Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, a corrupt scumbag who has since (conveniently) passed away.
On Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina had wired a sum of $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a Delaware-based investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, a former adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Last year, the Treasury Department provided so-called suspicious activity reports to a Senate Republican inquiry into Hunter Biden by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Guests were advised by the younger Biden prior to the dinner that Joe Biden would be attending the dinner. One email indicated that Hunter appeared to be using his role on the board of World Food Program USA to cover for the evenings true purpose, which was to invite his father to meet his business associates.
“Ok—the reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security,” Hunter Biden wrote on March 26 to Michael Karloutsos, whose father was then the head of the Greek Orthodox Church.
“Dad will be there but keep that between us for now. Thanks,” wrote Biden.
In response Karloutsos said, “Everything is between us. All good!!…I know you mentioned your dad would probably join the dinner as well.”
The revelations about the dinner raise questions about how much the elder Biden knew about his son’s business dealings with foreign businesses and government officials.
The Post also reported that three officials from Kazakhstan were invited to the dinner at Café Milano, including an official from that country’s largest bank, Kazkommertsbank.
In addition, a Mexican ambassador, as well as three representatives from World Food Program USA were on the guest list, which Hunter Biden emailed to Archer three weeks before the dinner.
“3 seats for our KZ [Kazakhstan] friends.
“2 seats for Yelena and husband
“2 [seats for] you and me.
“3 seats for WFPUSA people
“3 Ambassadors (MX, ?, ?)
The Post noted it is unknown if everyone Biden included on the list attended. Archer emailed Biden prior to the event to say that Baturina didn’t want to attend, however her husband would be coming.
“Yelena doesn’t want to steal Yuri’s Thunder, so she’ll be in town to meet with us but doesn’t want to come to dinner,” Archer wrote on March 20. “That was just her thoughts. We could insist.”
In finishing the email, he said, “Obviously save a seat for your guy (and mine if he’s in town.)”
That is believed to be referring to then-vice president Joe Biden.
“I think your guy being there is more trouble than its worth—unless you have some other idea,” Hunter Biden replied.
It’s unknown if Archer’s “other guy” was referring to then-Secretary of State John Kerry or someone else.
After the dinner at approx. 11:15 p.m., Rick Leach, founder of WFP USA, the American fundraising component of the United Nations-related nonprofit said, “What a fantastic and productive evening—thank you!”
Biden also got an email from the Kazakhstan banker, Holtzman, who said:
“Deer [sic] Hunter, Thank you for an amazing evening, wonderful company and great conversation. I look forward to seeing you soon and to many opportunities to work closely together.”
The other two representatives from Kazakhstan were not identified, however on the morning following the dinner, Archer was invited to a “small private breakfast” with Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Karim Massimov in his suite at the Willard Hotel:
“There are several matters the Prime Minister is eager to discuss with you and he will be grateful for the opportunity to spend quality time together.”
The next year, Hunter Biden described Massimov in an email as a “close friend,” the Post reported.
Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Kazakhstan included an associate of Massimov, oligarch Kenes Rakishev. There are email exchanges between Hunter and Rakishev, in which they discussed money-making ideas.
In another wire deal between Archer’s firm Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, Rakishev’s company Novatus wired $142,300 through a Latvian bank to Rosemont on April 22, 2014, according to a currency transaction report contained within the Republican Senate report. The wire included a note saying the money was “for a car.” Pretty expensive vehicle there.
In a photograph that has not been verified, Massimov and Rakishev appear alongside Joe and Hunter Biden, a photo which was posted on a Kazzkhstani anti-corruption website in 2019.
Breitbart News however reports that the photograph “…appears to have been taken at Cafe Milano in Washington, D.C. The iconic restaurant’s logo appears on the drapes in the background (backwards in the photo). The date of the photograph is unknown.”
The laptop in question was taken to a repair shop in Delaware in April 2019 and abandoned. Hunter Biden signed the receipt when the laptop was dropped off.
The New York Post reported on the laptop last fall prior to the 2020 election, however social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook throttled the posts, with Twitter actually suspending the newspapers account until the post was deleted. This was clearly an attempt by social media tyrants to impact the 2020 election.
Last month, while Hunter Biden was pushing his book, he admitted that the laptop “could belong to him, but “I really don’t know,” he said.
The Post reached out to the White House for comment, which was ignored. Perhaps they are going to “circle back.”
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