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Hunter Biden’s dealer blows off House GOP, says ‘don’t politicize’ ‘positive’ art – The Hamden Journal

Hunter Biden’s dealer blows off House GOP, says ‘don’t politicize’ ‘positive’ art

First son Hunter Biden’s New York City art dealer Georges Berges is calling on Congress to give his famous client a break after getting a series of demands for information from House Republicans.

Berges, whose eponymous SoHo gallery reps the 52-year-old Hunter, told The Post Friday that incoming House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer’s staff called him this month, but Berges chose not to respond. He also ignored three letters from the Kentucky Republican asking for the names of art buyers and details of communications with the White House.

“My goal has always been to discover and work with artists that I think are important culturally and historically,” Berges said. “Hunter Biden is all of those things.”

“His future is art and we are all richer because of it,” Berges added. “I just hope that we don’t politicize something that is positive and good.”

Georges Berges, left, poses with first son Hunter Biden.
Georges Berges SoHo gallery
Berges calls Hunter Biden’s art “culturally and historically” important.

Berges’ gallery recently unveiled a new Hunter Biden original priced at $225,000 — after asking as much as $500,000 for other works.

Comer’s staff called on Dec. 1, Berges said, after the soon-to-be committee chairman sent his most recent letter Nov. 17 citing “serious ethical concerns” about a middle-aged novice with the president’s ear seeking top dollar for beginner works.

House Republicans, including Comer and incoming Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), are vowing to use subpoena powers next year to get to the bottom of Joe Biden’s involvement with his family’s alleged influence-peddling businesses, which could force Berges to divulge relevant records.

The White House said last year that Hunter Biden’s art sales would be “anonymous” to prevent corruption, to the incredulity of ethics experts.

Artworks in Georges Berges' gallery
The first son has sought as much as $500,000 for his artworks.

“It is important that we learn who has purchased Hunter Biden’s artwork and whether the purchasers intended to benefit from President Biden’s elected office,” Comer wrote in his most recent letter to Berges.

“When the son of the sitting President of the United States is the recipient of such high-dollar sums with no accountability or oversight, it raises concerns that the buyers may be purchasing the pieces with the intent of gaining favor with the Biden family.”

Comer noted that Berges had “failed to respond” to earlier letters sent on Sept. 7 and Sept. 22.

Georges Berges, Hunter Biden, and Hunter's son Beau
The White House claims Hunter and Joe Biden won’t know who buys the art.
Artworks by Hunter Biden
Some art critics praise Hunter Biden’s art. Skeptics say its price is suspicious.

“For decades, the Biden family has profited from Joe Biden’s positions of public trust,” Comer wrote in his most recent missive.

“The evidence surrounding Hunter Biden’s past foreign business transactions does not foster confidence in the propriety of your gallery’s purportedly anonymous art sales. The American people deserve transparency into the high-dollar transactions and the buyers of Hunter Biden’s art.”

Hunter, a recovering crack cocaine addict, received at least $375,000 last year for five prints displayed at a Hollywood art show attended by his father’s embattled nominee to be ambassador to India, then-Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It’s unclear how many additional sales he may have made.

Although some critics have praised Hunter’s artistic talents, others point to the first son’s long record of soliciting business from shady characters in countries where his father held sway as vice president — and note that he’s attended art shows with prospective buyers.

Artwork in Georges Berges gallery
Ethics experts say it’s impossible to ensure art sales are anonymous.

“We still do not know and will not know who purchases any paintings,” then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted last year.

However, experts scoffed. Richard Painter, who was President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer, said at the time that “buyers buy artwork to hang on the wall, not put in a closet,” making anonymity difficult to maintain.

Painter said there should be “full transparency” about the buyers’ identities and Biden and his appointees should all sign pledges “to ensure these people can’t get access to the White House.”

Walter Shaub, director of the US Office of Government Ethics under President Barack Obama, called for the sales to either be canceled or for the names of buyers to be disclosed, saying, “Hunter Biden should cancel this art sale because he knows the prices are based on his dad’s job. Shame on POTUS if he doesn’t ask Hunter to stop.”

The Post asked the president in November 2021 if he was concerned about potential corruption with his son’s art sales, to which Joe Biden replied: “You gotta be kidding me.”

Hunter Biden attends a reception
Hunter Biden is a frequent guest at White House events where wealthy people gather.
The dilettante artist at work
Before launching his art career, Hunter sought consulting jobs in countries where his father held influence.

The president has denied making any money from his son’s prior overseas business deals and the White House says he stands by his 2019 claim that he has never even discussed those enterprises with his son — despite evidence that he has interacted with Hunter and first brother James Biden’s associates from China, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine.

Hunter Biden said in communications retrieved from a former laptop that he paid as much as “half” of his income to his father and a 2017 email described 10% of a financial windfall being held for the “big guy” as part of a business deal being negotiated in China. Two former Hunter Biden associates have identified Joe Biden as the big guy.

Hunter Biden reportedly is under federal criminal investigation for possible tax fraud, money laundering, lying on a gun-purchase form and unregistered foreign lobbying.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has resisted calls to appoint a special counsel to insulate the ongoing Hunter Biden investigation from political pressure — despite naming a special counsel Nov. 18 to oversee a pair of investigations into former President Donald Trump.