A Florida Republican congressman is set to introduce a bill requiring presidents and vice-presidents to provide financial information for their non-dependent children ahead of the much-criticized Hunter Biden art show.
Representative Michael Waltz told Fox News On Tuesday, his legislation, the Law on Preventing Anonymous Income by Requiring Transparency of Executive Parents (PAINTER), is an attempt to end “the obvious and shameless blunder that is going on with Hunter Biden’s art sales,” for which he is obviously not qualified to do so and is doing so only to continue to profit from his last name.
The first son will present a solo exhibition of 15 paintings in galleries in New York and Los Angeles this fall. Art prices will vary from $ 75,000 for works on paper to $ 500,000 for larger canvases.
Critics have warned that potential buyers of Hunter’s art could spend a lot of money not to buy a masterpiece, but to win the favor of the West Wing.
“This is all a very bad idea,” former George W. Bush chief ethics counselor Richard Painter told the Washington Post earlier this month. “The first reaction a lot of people are going to have is that he’s capitalizing on being the son of a president and wants people to give him a lot of money. I mean, these are terribly high prices.
The rumblings intensified after the Washington Post reported last month that White House officials helped strike a deal to keep the identities of buyers private. They escalated further when a spokesperson for the gallery hosting the exhibit said Hunter Biden would appear at events with potential buyers in both cities.
This appeared to contradict a claim by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said earlier this month that “the gallery owner will not share information about buyers or potential buyers, including their identities. , with Hunter Biden or the administration “.
“That’s really what it’s about, it’s just to get a little bit of transparency and shine a light on that.” “We should know who’s backchanneling, backdoor and buying influence – which Hunter Biden has long sold – to the President of the United States. “
Spouses and dependent children of presidents are required to provide financial information under the Ethics in Government Act, which was enacted in 1978 in response to the Watergate scandal. Waltz’s legislation, which he plans to introduce on Wednesday, would amend the law to require the financial disclosure of all children or stepchildren of the president and vice-president over the age of 17.
Earlier this month, a dozen House Republicans wrote to the office of White House attorney Dana Remus to request information relating to the business interests of President Biden’s relatives in order to “understand the extent of the ‘use by the Biden family of his ties to the president to enrich himself.
The letter requested information on trips made by Hunter Biden with his father, then Vice President Biden, to China in 2013 and Mexico in 2016. It also requested a list of “all past and current foreign business interests and past and current foreign relations for members of the Biden family ”, as well as all“ documents and communications relating to the works of art of Hunter Biden ”.
“The public has a right to know how President Biden and his son intend to separate the interests of the American people from the income of members of President Biden’s family,” reads the letter, which describes the various interests. of the Biden family as a “role model… which appears to be nothing less than a cash grab.”