Ethics questions surround Hunter Biden Paintings

During the Trump administration, many critics spoke out about ethical questions related to the business dealings of the President and the First Family. Now, as President Joe Biden's son Hunter enters the art world, some critics are also raising questions about the sales of his new pieces.

According to the Associated Press, Hunter Biden's new venture is raising some legitimate questions. The AP notes that Biden's art dealer will host some showings of Biden's work soon.

According to their reporting, "The paintings cost anywhere from $75,000 for a piece on paper to half a million dollars for large-scale paintings, the dealer said." The AP adds, "That’s considerably more than a typical up-and-coming artist without much experience or many sales under his belt, and it’s one of the reasons Richard Painter, a White House ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration, says he’s uneasy about the arrangement."

The AP notes that the White House plans to keep the buyer names secret so there wouldn't be any questions about the influence of such purchases.

However, it's hard not to question the set-up considering that similar questions were raised about Hunter Biden's work on the Burisma board when his father was Vice President. During the 2020 campaign, the Trump campaign criticized Hunter Biden for financially benefitting from his father's name while the Vice President oversaw issues directly connected to Burisma.

It remains to be seen if the mainstream media will focus its attention on Hunter Biden's new business venture and the ethical questions involved.


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