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Former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub shared some constructive criticism on Wednesday for President Biden and his administration.

Shaub commented on a clip of White House press secretary Jen Psaki responding to questions regarding Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, and his artwork.

The article goes on to state the following:

New York Post reporter Steven Nelson asked Psaki about the ethics of Hunter selling his artwork for tens of thousands of dollars a piece.


Psaki snapped, “I know this is your favorite topic. But it, again, it’s still is the purview of the gallerist. We still do not know and will not know who purchases any paintings. And the president remains proud of his son.”

Shaub slammed Psaki’s dismissal of the question in a series of Twitter posts.

“These are legitimate questions. It’s disappointing to hear @jrpsaki send a message that the WH thinks the public has no right to ask about ethics. After the last 4 years, these questions have never been more important. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but this stuff matters,” he began.

The scorching condemnation continues, as follows:

There is no ethics program in the world that can be built around the head of state’s staff working with a dealer to keep the public in the dark about the identities of individuals who pay vast sums to the leader’s family member for subjectively priced items of no intrinsic value.

If this were Trump, Xi or Putin, you’d have no doubt whatsoever that this creates a vehicle for funneling cash to the first family in exchange for access or favors. Nor would you doubt that the appearance of monetizing the presidency was outrageous.

It doesn’t matter that Trump was worse. What matters is that this sets a low bar for ethics. It embraces the mentality that “if it’s legal, it’s fine to do.” It creates doubt that the difference in administrations is one of nature instead of merely degree.

When I blasted Trump for not divesting, I mentioned how developing nations in particular studied our ethics program for ideas. The idea we are sharing here is that family members profiting off the presidency is acceptable and even defended by the head of state.

It’s all the worse because Biden ran as the antidote to Trump. So the message is that this is not just better than Trump, which is far too low a standard, but that this is the opposite of Trump, which is even worse.

Of course Hunter is a private citizen and can do whatever his conscience dictates. But a patriot wouldn’t engage in this profiteering. And the president shouldn’t and his staff shouldn’t be tacitly enforcing it by defending it and pushing back against questions.

It’s not like Hunter, who is a millionaire would have to sleep on a steam grate if he couldn’t sell art at these outrageous prices. He could be a lawyer, hedge fund manager, or beach goer. Yet the White House seems to see some entitlement to capitalize on his connection to it.

And so White House staffers hide things from us. They arranged to hide the names of buyers, leaving members of the public unable to monitor anther the buyers gain access to government officials after major purchases. They hide the details of the arrangement too.

They won’t tell us who is on this mysterious “team of lawyers” now vetting buyers are or, in a town where lawyers charge $1,100 per hour, who’s paying for them. They won’t tell us what criteria they’re using. Is $523,000 to much but $500,000 just fine?

They told us Hunter wouldn’t know who the buyers are. Then the media discovered he was attending the showings. But they emphasized that no prospective buyers would be dealing with the government. Then a man who’s up for an administration job was caught at the showing.

And of course the buyers aren’t subject to the terms of the secret agreement that has thus far been concealed from public view. So whatever it says, they are free to shout from the rooftops that they own the president’s son’s art. Why else would they spend that much?

When asked if it’d be better to let the public know who the buyers are so they can monitor things (it would!), a WH staffer told the Wash Post that knowing buyers would be identified my “restrict” interest in the art — i.e. reduce the profits. So the WH endorses the profiteering.

Now, look, many Twitter users have made clear they hate hearing this. But it is objectively bad. It would be better not to pretend this isn’t bad. Those individuals should just admit that, like Trump supporters, they don’t care about ethics when their guy is in charge.

And, no, I’m not saying this is comparable to the corruption of the Trump admin. It’s not even close. I’m saying that this is a failure to lift the nation out of the mire into which Trump sunk it. Sure, we sit much much less deeply in the muck. But muck isn’t what we deserve.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Who are the buyers? That is what I want to know. What is he really selling? Not art. He’s probably selling out America to the highest bidder. The Biden’s are pedophiles, traitors, human traffickers, puppets, and the list goes on. What FAKE White House set is the FAKE president using today?

  2. They are all disgusting. Everything they accuse trump and us of doing they have already done and are censoring people for it. Makes my stomach turn holier then tho attitude . A bunch of lying deceitful communists.

  3. “Proud of his son”??? A FKN crackhead, who buys whores in Vegas hotel rooms, who does illicit “business deals” with their countries? The apple indeed does not go far from the tree

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