Jen Psaki of WH grilled by reporters over sale of Hunter Biden artwork
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was grilled during from his daily briefing Thursday on the sale of the first son paintings "by Hunter Biden after the art gallery said he would meet with potential buyers in person, raising ethical questions about possible influence peddling.
The arrangement is in conflict with a White House pledge that buyers of Hunter Biden's artwork would remain anonymous and the gallery owner would not notify President Biden's son who purchased the paintings - pieces of up to $ 500,000 each.
But CBS News reported that a spokesperson for the Georges Berges Gallery says Hunter Biden is expected to attend a private event in Los Angeles and a larger show in New York where he will mingle with buyers potentials.
"He's looking forward to it. It's like someone is just making their debut in the world. And of course, he'll be there," Robin Davis said.
Psaki insisted that was not the case and cited the agreement the White House has with the gallery that buyers will remain anonymous.
The works of Hunter Biden will be exhibited in Los Angeles and New York. Galerie Georges Berges
"He is not going to have any conversations related to the art sale. This will be left to the gallery owner, as stated in the deal we announced just a few weeks ago, "Psaki said.
" So he won't be talking about anything related to the sale of art, and I repeat that the gallery owner will be the only person to know the transactions or the conversations and will reject any offer that is out of the ordinary, "she added.
But reporters urged her to know if the names of the buyers would be
White House press secretary Jen Psaki insists that "the gallery owner will be the only person " who will decide at what price the works of Hunter Biden art will sell. EPA / SHAWN THEW
"We won't know who the buyers are. Hunter Biden won't know who the buyers are. So I think this round of questions, which is understandable, is whether that would create a situation of undue influence, but we won't know who they are, "Psaki said." So there is no scenario where they could exert influence. ”
Psaki was asked what would happen if buyers post on social media the purchase of a of his peintures.
Hunter Biden has no experience prior painting or the sale of works of art in galleries. Galerie Georges Berges
"Encore once I think we've put in place a system that we think is appropriate, has appropriate safeguards, ”Psaki said.
” We believe that Hunter Biden, like any child of president, should be able to exercise his professions and passions, and any sale of art would be done through the itchriste ”, she declared.
But reporters persisted, asking Psaki about the White House's vow that Hunter Biden would not discuss issues related to the sale of his art and asked if the deal with the gallery was written.
"I tell you all now that this is an agreement that was reached in the context of these events," she said. "I think it's pretty clear what the deal is. So I'm not sure it's more complicated than that, but I'll see if there is more to provide.
A request for comment on the galley by The Post was not immediately returned.
The sale of artwork by Hunter Biden, which has no formal art training, was heavily criticized as it would open the door to the possibility that people purchasing the artwork could do so to gain influence with the president.
Hunter Biden has been accused of taking advantage of his father 's political influence. figcaption> Images
When the art sale was first announced by the White House earlier this month, Walter Shaub, the ethics director of the Obama administration criticized the arrangement.
"Imagine you are the White House official who came up with the idea to outsource the ethics management from the government to an art dealer, and you suddenly realize that the Russian oligarchs also love art, ”he said.he writes on Twitter.