Ranking Member Raskin’s Statement on Transcribed Interview with George Bergès
Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2024)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, issued the following statement after the Committee concluded a voluntary transcribed interview with George Bergès:
“Just like every other witness in this embarrassing slapstick investigation, George Bergès stated he had no evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden. Hunter Biden made art that Bergès sold in his gallery, and President Biden had no knowledge of, or role in, these art sales.
“It’s not illegal to buy and sell abstract art in America. If Chairman Comer doesn’t like Hunter Biden’s paintings or modern art in general, he doesn’t have to buy it. But Hunter Biden is allowed to create art and sell it. The GOP’s allegations of influence peddling and money laundering are unfounded and were, once again, totally refuted by today’s witness.
“If Chairman Comer seriously wants to stop corrupt foreign influence and violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, I encourage him to check out the millions of dollars Donald Trump raked in from foreign states and murderous monarchs. Alas, Chairman Comer blocked us from getting all the discovery to which we are entitled but we got enough to know that Trump was on the take big-time from foreign states, raking in huge spoils from the royals. Meantime, George Bergès confirmed today once again that Joe Biden was not involved in, and did not profit from, his family’s business operations. We should get back to work for the American people and drop this futile investigation. Art appreciation is subjective. But the facts of this investigation aren’t open to interpretation, Mr. Chairman. There is no evidence of a presidential offense.”
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