White House announces ethics plan for sale of Hunter Biden's artwork

Hunter Biden's high-paying post with a Ukraine natural gas company while his father was vice president has frequently raised ethics question.

Updated: July 9, 2021 - 3:07pm

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The White House has helped create a plan to sell the artwork of President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden to unnamed buyers — an effort to stop new questions and concerns about the son using his father's name to make money.

Hunter Biden's high-paying post with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings while his father was vice president provoked questions during the 2020 presidential election cycle about whether Biden got the job because of his name. 

New York Gallery owner Georges Berges has agreed not to reveal any information about those who purchase Biden's artwork, including price. He has also agreed to reject any suspicious offers, such as those way over the asking price, according to The New York Times.

Critics of the plans have raised questions about how it will be enforced and about whether it goes far enough in establishing a distance between the son and the White House.

For instance, it is unclear whether the buyers must sign a nondisclosure agreement. The White House has said administration employees are being discouraged from interacting with anybody who goes public about having purchased a Biden art piece, The Times also reports.  

Supporters of the plan say the adult son of a president has the right to work and banning him from doing so is unethical.

Hunter Biden has said he uses painting and art as a form of therapy in his battle with addictions.

Berges says Biden's work will sell for $75,000 to $500,000.

White House spokesman Andrew Bates told The Washington Post the agreement would ensure ethical dealings.

"The president has established the highest ethical standards of any administration in American history, and his family's commitment to rigorous processes like this is a prime example," Bates said.