Hunter Biden Art Sale: ‘Buying Access to White House’ Critic Says

White House officials have been working on an ethics plan to protect the names of individuals who bid on the president’s son’s artwork in recent months, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The proposal, which has drawn criticism from ethics experts, is intended to prevent a wealthy individual from currying favor with Hunter or his influential family by paying a hefty fee for the difficult-to-value artworks.

“Because we don’t know who is paying for this art and we don’t know for sure that [Hunter Biden] knows, we have no way of monitoring whether people are buying access to the White House,” Walter Shaub, who led the Office of Government Ethics under former President Barack Obama, told The Washington Post.

“The idea that even Hunter won’t know, but the WH has outsourced government ethics to a private art dealer,” Shaub added. “We’re supposed to trust a merchant in an industry that’s fertile ground for money laundering, as well as unknown buyers who could tell Hunter or WH officials? No thanks.”

According to the Post, Georges Berges, the owner of a New York gallery, will set the rates for Hunter’s artwork. Berges previously stated that Hunter Biden’s artwork is valued between $75,000 to $500,000 for his most prominent paintings.

Hunter Biden’s abstract art has elicited conflicting responses. The New York Post, which has been critical of Hunter Biden, published a story in June headlined, “Hunter Biden’s artwork is actually good and will be worth a lot, experts say.”

According to the tabloid, Mark Tribe, chairman of the MFA Fine Arts Department at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, Hunter Biden’s work is “pretty strong.”

“The colors and compelling organic forms — it’s the kind of organic abstraction that I find easy on the eyes and provokes your curiosity,” Tribe said.

However, Jeffry Cudlin, an art professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, told the conservative Washington Examiner newspaper that Hunter Biden’s paintings should cost no more than $3,000, as they are intended “to hang over someone’s couch.”

The ethics agreement is the latest source of contention for Hunter Biden, who has endured years of allegations that he unfairly benefitted from his father’s position.