Former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, slammed the Biden administration for allowing Hunter Biden to sell his artwork to anonymous buyers for vast sums of money.
Shaub went after the Biden administration, especially Press Secretary Jen Psaki, for dodging questions from the media about the ethics around the president’s son selling art for huge amounts of cash.
Jen Psaki has resorted to evasion when dealing with Hunter Biden. When asked by a reporter from the New York Post if she “could say if the White House knows who purchased the five prints and whether there is indeed a departure to the arrangement that there would anonymity here.”
Psaki responded by saying, “I know this is your favorite topic. But it, again, it’s still is the purview of the gallerist. We still do not know and will not know who purchases any paintings. And the president remains proud of his son.”
Of course, the Press Secretary couldn’t resist throwing in some snark in her response to a question dealing with a very serious matter.
If a former Obama administration official believes there is a possible ethics violation happening, that indicates there is overwhelming merit to concerns about the president’s son.
Shaub took to Twitter to say, “These are legitimate questions. It’s disappointing to hear @jrpsaki send a message that the WH thinks the public has no right to ask about ethics. After the last 4 years, these questions have never been more important. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but this stuff matters.”
Obviously, this “stuff” doesn’t matter to the Biden administration. The president’s son is compromising the White House, and the administration refuses to take questions about it seriously.
The Biden administration will have to answer for this situation sooner or later. When Republicans take power in Congress, it is unlikely that they will turn a blind eye to ethics violations.