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Art dealer reveals Hunter Biden knew ‘sugar brother’ was top buyer, making WH ethics pledge a ‘sham’: Comer

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Hunter Biden's New York City art dealer testified Tuesday that the president's son knew his “sugar brother” lawyer was the biggest buyer of his paintings, as previously quoted. This contradicts the White House's ethics plan to hide the identities of his backers.

According to a reading of a document, Testimony behind closed doors Georges Bergès, who owns the Georges Bergé Museum in Manhattan, told the House Oversight Committee that he had never worked with the White House on such an ethics agreement and that Hunter had no control over who owned about 70% of his artwork. He revealed that he knew he had purchased it.

According to a July 2021 report in the Washington Post, a Biden administration official said, “The purchase of Hunter Biden's work, which could be sold for as much as $500,000, was kept secret even from the artist himself.'' “We cooperated in the formulation of an agreement to It seeks to avoid the ethical issues that can arise when the president's family attempts to sell a product with highly subjective value. ”

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Hunter Biden (center) and attorneys Abby Lowell (right) and Kevin Morris (left) speak at the House Oversight and Accountability Committee's “Contempt of Congress'' in the Rayburn Building. A resolution recommending to the House of Representatives that the House of Commons discover,” arrived at the markup. Wednesday, January 10, 2024. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

The agreement was frequently cited by then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who now hosts an opinion show on the liberal network MSNBC.

Of all the purchases Mr. Berges made that Mr. Hunter knew about, the most profitable one was from Kevin Morris. Mr. Morris is known as Mr. Hunter's “sugar brother” because he provided financial support, helped write a book and lent the president's son a private jet. He purchased $875,000 worth of art in a January 2023 deal.

Mr. Berges testified that Mr. Morris only paid a 40% commission on the $875,000 purchase and that his attorney worked with Mr. Hunter to figure out the financial implications. He admitted he had never done an art deal like that before.

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Another person Mr. Hunter testified he knew was Elizabeth Hirsch Naftali, who in February 2021, before being appointed by President Biden to the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad in July 2021, spent $42,000 on it. She bought another $52,000 worth in December 2022.

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Georges Bergès attends Dr. Gina Sam's Resident Magazine Cover Party at Georges Bergès Gallery on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan, via Getty Images)

according to To the New York PostNaftali denied buying art to curry favor with the president and said “any insinuation that her art purchases were unusual or in any way inappropriate” was false. .

Berges spoke before a committee as part of House Republicans' impeachment inquiry into President Biden. Republican lawmakers accused Biden of using his position and name to enrich himself and his family.

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Republican investigators have indicated they have doubts about whether Hunter's art career, which began in recent years, led to a conflict of interest between wealthy buyers and the White House.

Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said in a statement, “The Biden White House appears to have deceived the American public about promoting an ethics agreement governing the sale of Hunter Biden's art. '', calling the agreement a “sham''.

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President Joe Biden speaks at Mother Emanuel AME Church on Monday, January 8, 2024 in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the church where nine members were killed in a mass shooting by a white supremacist in 2015. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarborough)

“The majority of Hunter Biden's art has been purchased by Democratic donors, one of whom was appointed to the prestigious commission by President Biden.” rear She bought Hunter Biden's art for tens of thousands of dollars shortly after Joe Biden's inauguration. “The White House has a lot to explain to the American public about misconceptions,” she added.

The White House arrangement had previously been criticized by the Obama administration's ethics chief as a “perfect mechanism for collecting bribes.”

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“So instead of revealing who is paying exorbitant amounts of money for Hunter Biden’s work so that the purchasers can monitor whether they have access to the government, WH will never reveal who they are.” I tried to hide it,” Walter Schaub wrote in a 2021 thread. In response to a report from the Washington Post, in X. “That's really unfortunate.”

FOX News Digital has reached out to the White House and Berges for comment.

FOX News' Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.

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