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The White House says presidential son Hunter Biden will remain unaware of the identities of buyers of his paintings, amid ongoing controversy over the top-dollar price tags at which many of his works of art are appraised.

The younger Biden’s paintings have been priced at high values ranging from $75,000 to $500,000. Critics have claimed that the sale of the paintings presents thorny ethical issues for the Biden administration. 

At a press conference Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that whoever the buyers of the paintings are, neither the White House nor Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, will be aware of their identities. 

“The selling of his art will all happen through … the gallerist, and the names and individuals will be kept confidential.” Psaki said. “We will not be aware of [the identities], neither will he be aware of [them].”

Hunter Biden has faced criticism about appearing to try to profit off the family name – particular over his high-paying job with Ukraine natural gas company Burisma Holding while his father was vice president. 

Further pressed on whether the identity of the buyers could become known, Psaki said Hunter Biden and the administration “will not know who purchases his art.”

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Blinken grilled on Hunter Biden-FBI report: GOP Rep. Perry says ‘American people ought to know’

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Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., caused a brief uproar during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s congressional hearing on Monday. The congressman pivoted from questions about Afghanistan to asking about a report he’s seen regarding Blinken potentially being summoned by the FBI regarding his relationship with President Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

Perry joined “Fox News Primetime” to explain the report and Blinken’s response, after regretting the fact the committee’s Democratic Chairman Rep. Gregory Meeks, N.Y., cut him off when he attempted to change the subject to Hunter Biden and his foreign business dealings.

During the hearing, the House Foreign Affairs Committee member asked bluntly, “How long was your recent interview with the FBI and was it a deposition?”

Perry recalled to host Lawrence Jones that Blinken’s facial expression changed when he asked the question.

“I’m sorry, I don’t know to what you are referring,” the secretary responded.

“Are you saying that you have not had a recent interview with the FBI since becoming secretary of state?” Perry asked.

Blinken appeared to stutter before asking if Perry would consider discussing the topic “offline” – adding that he could not comment either way about legal proceedings and whether or not they exist.

The sudden change in topic caused Meeks, to slam his gavel and reprimand Perry:

“Let me remind the gentleman that the topic of this hearing is Afghanistan,” Meeks said.

Perry replied that he was therefore simply asking about Hunter Biden because Blinken “generally refuses to answer questions about Afghanistan.”

“So I just figured we would talk about something he should be intimately familiar with,” Perry told Meeks.

On “Fox News Primetime”, Perry added that Blinken’s behavior in that exchange and the hearing writ large makes him a “poor excuse for a secretary of state.”

“He wasn’t going to answer any questions realistically on the horrific failure of Afghanistan so I thought I would talk to him about something that I knew was reported, that he had had conversations with the FBI and that potentially they have called him back in because something is not matching up regarding his relationship with Hunter Biden,” he said. “The fact that he has had a close relationship with Hunter Biden when he was assistant secretary of state regarding events in Ukraine, that’s very concerning to the American people and I think we ought to know what it is.”

Jones asked Perry whether it is standard procedure for a chairman such as Greg Meeks to interrupt other lawmakers in that way.

“Well, what’s procedure is by Democrats and you look they all close rank no matter how horrific the policy is — 13 dead Marines, America’s reputation being dragged across the world stage, they all close ranks and do whatever is necessary to support the failed policy and their president Joe Biden,” he said. “They don’t care about the American people. They care about the power that they have and they are not going to let anybody assail their secretary of state, you know, on an open mic, so, yeah, [Meeks] had to cut it off.”

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[VIDEO] Blinken caught off guard by Hunter Biden question during Afghanistan hearing

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After he pressed the Secretary of State for visiting the Congressional hearing on Afghanistan virtually, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania pressed Antony Blinken on alleged interviews with the FBI and about Hunter Biden.

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Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden is about to come under more scrutiny than he ever has before.

That is because Republican members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee have started investigating “possible undue White House influence” involved with the coming sale of some of Hunter’s artwork, CBS News reported.

Kentucky Rep. James Comer penned a letter to Georges Bergès, the gallerist who is handling the sales of Biden’s paintings, requesting that he give the committee documents pertaining to his communications with Hunter and the White House by September 21.

“The New York Times recently profiled your gallery regarding its sale of paintings by Hunter Biden, who overnight has become an artist and member of the avant-garde. As you are undoubtedly aware, the president’s son selling artwork has generated numerous questions surrounding the ethics and propriety of such actions. The Committee has previously requested documents and information from the White House, and as owner of the art gallery selling Mr. Biden’s work, we write to request documents and information from you,” the Congressman said in the letter.

“The Georges Bergès Gallery, described by the Times as ‘a relatively little-known newcomer’ to New York’s art scene, will sell fifteen works from the ‘fledgling artist,’ Mr. Biden, who ‘happens’ to be the president’s son. Though the White House has attempted to allay concerns about the appearance of selling access to the president by developing guidelines for your gallery, these guidelines actually create more obscurity for the buyers of Mr. Biden’s compositions, each of which—at their lowest prices—exceeds the median annual income for the American household.  According to the Times, the prices, ranging from $75,000 to $500,000, are an “eyebrow raiser” and involve sums that other artists—with ‘real careers’—may not even ‘sell . . . cumulatively over 10 years.’

“The prices your gallery has set for these pieces by a new, untrained, celebrity artist are unprecedented. One New York art adviser said such prices are ‘sort of insulting to the art ecosystem, as if anyone could do it.’ Mr. Biden himself admitted that he would be ‘amazed if [his] art had sold for $10.’ The prices your gallery will be charging for Mr. Biden’s work are thousands of times greater than the artist’s own valuation of his work, underscoring the prices you chose and raising further questions about possible influence-seeking by those purchasing the art,” he said.

“Mr. Biden made clear his opinion of those who would evaluate his motives, saying ‘f— ‘em’ on a recent podcast. This is an insult to all other artists—those who have trained and worked for years to establish themselves in the art world. Given Mr. Biden’s previous roles as lawyer, lobbyist, and ill-defined executive for an international fossil fuel corporation, the latest chapter in—as you describe it—his ‘heroic journey’ is subject to skepticism,” he said.

He asked the broker to help “with its investigation of possible undue White House influence.”

He requested “All documents and communications between you, the Georges Bergès Gallery (or agents thereof) and the White House, including a copy of the ethics guidelines; All documents and communications between you, the Georges Bergès Gallery (or agents thereof) and Mr. Biden; All guidelines, agreements, contracts, or other documents executed by you or the Georges Bergès Gallery (or agents thereof) in connection with Mr. Biden; All documents and communications pertaining to setting the prices for Mr. Biden’s art; A copy of the ethics guidelines, created in conjunction with the White House, pertaining to Mr. Biden’s art; Documents sufficient to show who attended the opening of Mr. Biden’s shows; and Documents sufficient to show who purchased Mr. Biden’s artwork.”

But because the Republicans are in the minority they do not have subpoena power and would need the Democrats’ help in getting the information if the broker did not comply.

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