Watch Psaki Squirm While Trying To Hide Truth About Hunter Art Sales

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 24 July 2021 15:45

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday backed Hunter Biden’s intentions to meet with possible customers to his art, saying the fact that the actual buyers will be anonymous will stop the appearance of any "undue influence" in the administration.

"He's not going to have any conversations related to the selling of art," Psaki said during her daily press briefing. "That will be left to the gallerist, as was outlined in the agreement that we announced just a few weeks ago. We believe this is a reasonable system that has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within appropriate safeguards."

The remarks join a report by CBS News that the 51-year-old son of Biden will visit two art shows later this year in New York City and Los Angeles, where his pictures could sell for as much as $500,000.

The White House said Thursday that any buyers of the art will remain anonymous, except to the gallerists, and that Biden will not discuss "anything related to the selling of art."

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A reporter asked Psaki whether it would be "more transparent to just release the names of the buyers so that everyone would know who purchased this art and how much they paid."

"Well, we won't know who the buyers are," Psaki responded. "Hunter Biden won't know who the buyers are. So I think the origin of this line of questioning, which is understandable, is about whether this would provide a situation for undue influence. But we won't know who they are, so there's no scenario where they could provide influence."

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The reporter pushed back, asking, "couldn't they just announce on social media that they bought a painting?"

"Again, I think we have set up a system, which we feel is appropriate, has appropriate safeguards," Psaki replied. "We believe that Hunter Biden, just like any child of a president, should be able to pursue their professions and their passions. And any selling of the art would be through the gallerist."

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Some government values experts have shown concerns customers could purchase the younger Biden's art to impact his father's administration.

Former Obama-era Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub said in a statement to Fox News that the Biden administration is "dwelling in secrecy instead of transparency here."

"This White House has a bad habit of vaguely telling us there are safeguards in place without telling us what those safeguards are," Shaub said.

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