Jason Chaffetz: Hunter Biden's art scam – with his work selling for $  500K, we need to know who's buying

Art dealer Georges Berges says the names of various buyers will be kept confidential. But Hunter’s art is being priced between $ 75,000 and half a million – an impressive sum for a neophyte, particularly one with no formal training.

But before anyone gets too impressed, let’s think for a minute how convenient this arrangement might be for anyone wanting to buy access to the president of the United States

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Art is subjective. Who is to say just how much any piece is worth? The purchases are confidential. Who is to know if it’s a foreign government, a drug cartel, or a Ukrainian oligarch buying access to the artist or his family?  

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Given the history of this particular son of this particular president, who could blame an oligarch for wanting to try? 

We already know Hunter Biden has a history of leveraging his relationship with his father to score lucrative business deals and board positions. We already know President Biden has a history of meeting with his son’s clients and lying about it.

Even if everything about this were above board, it’s a magnet for corruption. And I don’t think for a minute that everything about this is above board. With an art show scheduled in New York this fall, Hunter Biden’s new status as a serious artist is an open invitation to influence buyers.

Just last summer, a U.S. Senate report detailed how Russian oligarchs are using the art world to launder money.

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