Rep. Ken Buck asks AG Merrick Garland for special counsel to probe Hunter Biden

During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland was pressed with great theatrical flair by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) to appoint a special counsel to probe the budding art career of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, as Fox News reports.

Garland’s appearance before the committee touched on numerous topics, but one of the most engaging exchanges came when Buck began discussing the nascent – and apparently very lucrative – new profession.

The congressman launched his inquiry by displaying two representations of artwork by world renowned masters Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, paintings that have previously fetched between $500,000 and $700,000, before putting a third piece up for consideration, one created by President Joe Biden’s son.

Noting that the Biden work also sold for $500,000, Buck pointed out that the artist in question has never had any training or experience in painting, nor could he even find a gallerist willing to represent his work prior to last year, as the New York Post added.

“And what happened in 2020 that changed all that, is that his dad became president of the United States. Now a single piece of art from Hunter Biden sells for more than the average American home,” Buck asserted, using those facts as justification to request that a special counsel be appointed to investigate the entire arrangement.

Garland provided little in the way of a concrete answer, replying, “[For] the same reason I’m not to respond to questions about investigations of the former president or anyone else, I’m not going to discuss or otherwise with respect to any U.S. citizen.”

Scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s art sales has ramped up in recent weeks following reports that, amid an exhibition in Los Angeles at which the first son met with a host of celebrities from stage, screen, sports, and the art world, he sold at least five of his pieces for $75,000 each.

The White House has continued to dodge questions about the propriety of the obviously inflated prices of Hunter Biden’s artwork and about concerns over possible influence peddling, with press secretary Jen Psaki recently telling a curious reporter, “We’ve spoken to the specifics that the gallerist has agreed to and what recommendations were made…I don’t have any other details for you from here,” referencing a prior promise that the president’s son would remain unaware of purchasers or interested buyers.

With experts such as Obama-era ethics chief Walter Shaub calling Hunter’s art sales “shameful and grifty” and “an attempt to cash in on a family connection to the White House,” it is past time for the Justice Department to take investigatory action, but given Garland’s vague and non-committal response to Buck’s request, Americans probably shouldn’t hold their breaths.