What is it worth?
Attorney General Merrick Garland was pressed Thursday to appoint a special advocate to investigate the sales of artwork by scandal-stricken President Biden’s son Hunter – whose novice works are expected to sell for more than 500,000 $.
Representative Ken Buck (R-Colo.) Began his round of questions at a House Judiciary Committee hearing by showing two works of art by Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, listed or sold at Christie’s for $ 700,000 and $ 500,000, respectively. Immediately after, he showed a third painting.
“You might recognize that this painting is a Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden’s painting sold for $ 500,000, ”Buck said, noting that the president’s son lacks artistic training and couldn’t find a gallery to list his works until 2020.
“And what happened in 2020 that changed all that was that his father became President of the United States. Now, a single piece of art by Hunter Biden sells for more than an average American home.
Buck then asked Garland if he would appoint a special advocate to investigate Hunter Biden, noting that his office had sent a letter to the Department of Justice making the same request.
“[For] the same reason I don’t have to answer questions about the former president’s investigations or anyone else, I’m not going to argue or otherwise regarding a US citizen, ”Garland said.
Buck pushed again, saying “you are authorized to tell us if you will appoint a special advocate”.
Garland responded by saying he was unaware Buck’s office sent the letter.
As Buck’s time expired, Rep. Eric Swalwell mocked his colleague’s series of questions, saying, “General Garland, you might not get those four hours back, but you can get credit from. art history for today. “
Buck’s letter described a DOJ criminal tax investigation into Hunter Biden launched last year, noting the president’s possible involvement.
“It is now evident that President Biden could be directly involved in the ongoing investigations into his son’s money transfers and transactions, raising serious questions as to whether Vice President Joe Biden was aware then and may have benefited from his son’s influence peddling operation, “Buck wrote.
“It is now more critical than ever to appoint a special council that can conduct this investigation impartially. As stated in 28 CFR § 600, the attorney general has the right to appoint a special advocate to investigate and prosecute cases and individuals who present a conflict of interest to the department when it is in the public interest. Allowing the investigation to continue to be conducted in accordance with normal departmental practice means that Senate confirmed political appointees who can only be removed from office by the president are now overseeing an investigation into his son’s financial transactions, and perhaps his own, linked to a previous or perhaps ongoing influence peddling system.
“No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States of America,” Buck added.
The attorney general was then pressed again by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Who noted that further communications from Hunter Biden indicated his finances were tied to those of the president.
“If that doesn’t call for an independent investigation of the president, what would?” Asked the Californian Republican.
“I’m not going to comment on this investigation, but because everyone knows there is an investigation going on in Delaware by the American attorney, who was appointed by the previous administration, and I can’t comment on it. say more, ”Garland said.
As recently as this month, Hunter Biden came under fire for the price of his artwork and the lack of transparency regarding the buying process. At least five prints of his works have already sold for $ 75,000 each, and a team of attorneys are reviewing potential clients planning to attend his next gallery show in New York in the spring.
Galerie Georges Berges sold the prints ahead of the Oct. 1 opening of a “pop-up” presentation in Los Angeles, according to a report released earlier this month.
It’s unclear who bought the reproductions – which cost a fraction of the maximum price of $ 500,000 for an original Hunter Biden piece – or if any others were sold after the LA show opened.
Walter Shaub, director of the United States Office of Government Ethics under President Barack Obama, called for the sales to be canceled – or for the names of buyers to be disclosed to prevent secret influence buying.
Earlier this month, The Post asked the president if he was concerned about potential corruption involving his son’s art sales.
Biden replied, “You’re kidding me.”