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Hunter Biden's Art Dealer Opting Not to Renew Contract

By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2024 10:50 AM EST

Georges Bergès, a New York art dealer, said he decided not to renew his contract with Hunter Biden, despite making $1.5 million in sales of President Joe Biden's son's artwork to 10 people, the New York Post reported.

The newspaper said Bergès made his comments last Tuesday in a closed-door session with the House Oversight and Judiciary committees. The Post noted it had reviewed a transcript of Bergès' interview.

"We've discussed extending it, at the moment I opted not to," he said, according to the report.

Working with Hunter "hasn't been the best decision for me," he continued. "I never expected the whole security issue or the death threats and people assuming political affiliation, which was completely wrong.

"It was a little bit more than I could chew… obviously I kind of wanted my life back. So I haven't agreed to renew that contract now."

The Post reported Bergès received a 40% commission from the sales, which would mean Hunter Biden collected about $900,000 in a period spanning more than two years.

Kevin Morris an entertainment industry attorney, paid $875,000 for 11 paintings in January 2023, according to the Post. The newspaper said Morris had given Hunter Biden $4.9 million in gifts and loans to take care of tax and personal bills after meeting the president's son at a late 2019 campaign event.

For the art purchases, Morris wrote a commission check to the gallery and credited Hunter Biden's payday against the pending persona loans, Bergès said.

Democrat donor Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali and Bergès' gallery co-owner William Jacques were identified as two others who bought the artwork. Bergès did not name seven other buyers, but maintained their motives were not political.

Bergès told the congressional investigators "I don't know" if Hunter Biden has sold any artwork since their business relationship ended. The final sale arranged by his gallery came in November, but was agreed upon earlier, he said.

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky., leading the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, told Newsmax last Tuesday that testimony from Hunter Biden's art dealer showed he had no contact with the White House about ethical guidelines, even though the White House said publicly they were put in place.

Berges also testified Hunter Biden knew the identities of 70% of those who purchased the art, even though the White House had said the president's son would not be told who bought his art.

Former White House press secretary "Jen Psaki went to the podium at a [July 2021] press conference and told the American people that they had put in place guidelines to ensure that no ethics lines would be crossed," Comer told "Eric Bolling The Balance."

Jeffrey Rodack

Jeffrey Rodack, who has nearly a half century in news as a senior editor and city editor for national and local publications, has covered politics for Newsmax for nearly seven years.

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Georges Bergès, a New York art dealer, said he decided not to renew his contract with Hunter Biden, despite making $1.5 million in sales of President Joe Biden's son's artwork to 10 people, the New York Post reported.
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