James Comer tightens screws on Hunter Biden art dealer, wants to know buyers, how much they paid

James Comer tightens screws on Hunter Biden art dealer, wants to know buyers, how much they paid

A congressional committee is tightening the screws on Hunter Biden’s art dealer to turn over information about who bought the president’s son’s art — and how much they paid.

In a second letter sent to William Pittard — the lawyer for Biden’s Manhattan-based art dealer, Georges Berges — the Committee on Oversight and Accountability is pushing once again for details on collectors who ponied up for Hunter’s six-figure art.

“Given Hunter’s history of suspicious activity, it is deeply concerning that the President’s son continues to sell his amateurish work to anonymous purchasers for sky-high prices,” Rep. James Comer (R-Ky), who heads the committee, told The Post via email.

The Post has seen the March 13 letter, which states that the committee “seeks information about the unidentified purchasers of Mr. Biden’s artwork and the non-public agreement with the White House concerning the same.”

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James Comer alleges that art dealer Georges Berges (right) “seems to be running cover for Hunter Biden.”
Courtesy of Georges Berges

The letter references the prices, from $75,000 to $500,000, and explained that “the Treasury Department studied the use of high-end art as a means to launder money along with other potential illicit transactions.”

According to the letter, details related to sales of Biden’s paintings are “critical to our investigation.” (The President’s son is not being accused of money laundering.)

“Foreign adversaries, including China, have used sham art sales to launder money and evade sanctions imposed by the United States,” said Comer. “Hunter’s art dealer, Georges Berges, now seems to be running cover for Hunter Biden and is obstructing the Committee’s effort to obtain information on who is buying Hunter’s art work.”

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Comer and his committee want names of people who purchased Hunter Biden’s art and attended his gallery opening.
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Berges and his lawyer did not reply to requests for comment, nor did a lawyer for Hunter Biden.

This is not the first request made for information related to Hunter and his art sales.

An earlier one, as reported in The Post, was sent on February 6.

In the most recent correspondence, it is requested that, by March 27, the Committee receives all documents and communication between Berges, his gallery and the White House; all communication between Berges, his gallery and Hunter Biden; and all guidelines and contracts between Berges, his gallery and Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden's paintings
Paintings by Hunter Biden, described by Comer as “amateurish.”

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Prices for the art ranged from $75,000 to $500,000, according to the committee’s letter.
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Comer expressed high expectations.

“George Berges needs to cooperate with this investigation,” said Comer, “and I fully expect him to provide all information and appear for a transcribed interview.”

If he doesn’t? Not complying with a congressional subpoena can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison.

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Biden outside his December 2022 art show at Berges’ Soho gallery in Manhattan.
Stephen Yang

As The Post previously reported, Pittard said that he did not want to reveal names of buyers and prices paid, among other requests, in an effort not to “defeat the efforts of Mr. Biden and the White House to avoid the ‘serious ethic concerns’ that [Comer and the committee] raise.”

Pittard referenced then-press secretary Jen Psaki pointing to “safeguards” that include maintaining the confidentiality of buyers, in this instance, “because if the White House was not aware of those buyers, it would seem impossible for the administration to grant the buyers any favors based on the purchases.”

Comer, in his latest missive, described the “purported ‘safeguards’” as “insufficient and troubling.”

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