The ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee is demanding the gallery owner hosting the exhibition detail the ethics rules in place to block the identities of the buyers from the White House.
The art show could earn the First Son millions.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) sent a letter obtained by The Post to Hunter’s New York art dealer, Georges Berges, declaring that he provide documents regarding the ethical arrangements worked out with the White House and brief the panel on the possible buyers who attended the opening, and the buyers of the younger Biden’s work.
“The documents requested from you will inform and are pertinent to our oversight of any attempts to seek improper influence with the Biden Administration by anonymous benefactors, and understanding the process you are purportedly undertaking to shield the Administration from any influence by those procuring Mr. Biden’s art,” Comer wrote in the letter, which was sent on Thursday.
“Additionally, your documents and information could inform legislation related to ethics regulations,” the congressman went on.
The letter to Berges is a follow-up to one sent on Sept. 7 asking for documents regarding the sale, in which the novice artist’s works will sell for between $75,000 and $500,000 apiece.
Comer announced that the committee didn’t get those documents by Tuesday’s deadline.
”This investigation, which includes your gallery’s role in Mr. Biden’s plans, is meant to prevent fairly obvious opportunities for an ethical or national security breach,” Comer announced in Thursday’s letter.
In his previous letter, Comer questioned the ethical precautions worked out between the White House and Berges, and raised concerns that people seeking influence with President Biden could buy the art at wildly inflated prices to pad Hunter’s bank account and curry favor with the president.
Comer further pointed out the scandal-scarred son’s questionable foreign dealings and lucrative work with Chinese and Ukrainian energy companies, which The Post announced in a series of exposés last October to implicate Joe Biden.
“For years, Mr. Biden has attempted to profit off his father’s position in government, and the art deals are merely the latest iteration of these efforts. The investigation into Mr. Biden’s business ventures, and those who have aided him in his dubious endeavors, has been ongoing for over two years, and, if necessary, will continue into the next Congress,” the letter states.
“The American people will not believe that overnight Mr. Biden simply has had a calling to abandon his previous careers as a lawyer, lobbyist, and ‘unqualified oil-and-gas adviser … working alongside post-Soviet oligarchs’ to become an artist,” Comer continued.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
The gallery couldn’t immediately be reached.