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Hunter Biden says 'f*** 'em' to critics of his art sales

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Hunter Biden was asked Thursday about critics of his art sales who say the transactions may leave his father, President Joe Biden, and the White House in an ethical dilemma, to which he said, "F*** 'em"

The young Biden is expected to schmooze with prospective art buyers at two gallery showings in New York and Los Angeles, where his creations are expected to fetch between $75,000 and $500,000.

The development has led to an ethics quandary as the gallery previously vowed to withhold transactional records from the exhibits, including the identities of bidders, final buyers, and the amounts paid for the artwork to act as a knowledge barrier for the president and his cohort.

When asked what his reply would be to critics of his recent amateur creative endeavor on a segment of Nota Bene, a podcast dedicated to happenings in the art world, Hunter Biden replied, “Other than f*** 'em?”

“I never said my art was gonna cost what it was gonna cost or how much it was gonna be priced at," he added. "I’d be amazed if my art had sold for $10."

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The 46th president's son also took shots at right-wing media for coverage pertaining to his art sales.

“I think I’m the most famous artist in the MAGA world," Hunter Biden said.

The hosts of the show joked about "crazed" theories behind the sales, but ethics experts contend the situation is no laughing matter. Hunter Biden will not discuss pricing or purchase details during either of the gallery affairs, a source told CBS News, but questions remain.

"Is Hunter Biden going to walk around the art show with a blindfold on?" asked Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics during President Barack Obama's administration. "It just goes to show you the focus isn't on government ethics. It's just showing the child of a president can cash in on the presidency."

Similar concerns were voiced earlier in the month even as the White House defended the handling of Hunter Biden's debut art show.

“The initial 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,” said former Bush administration chief ethics lawyer Richard Painter, pointing to the art’s “awfully high prices.”

“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” Painter, who served under former President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, told the Washington Post.

The lack of transparency and the younger Biden’s own background also cause concern.

“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,” Shaub said.

He added: “What these people are paying for is Hunter Biden’s last name.”

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Lawmakers in Congress have also taken notice. Rep. Mike Waltz, a Florida Republican, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would force the White House to disclose financial information related to sales of Hunter Biden's paintings.

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