Why Obama’s former ethics czar is highly critical of Hunter Biden’s lucrative art sales
There have been many bad-faith “scandals” linked to the president’s son. Walter Shaub thinks this one should be taken seriously.On Twitter, Shaub has been regularly criticizing the Biden White House for its handling of Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s efforts to sell his works of art for as much as $500,000. White House officials recently announced an agreement with the art seller by which the identities of buyers will be shielded from Hunter to avoid the transactions being used to curry favor with the president’s family, but Shaub argues that the prices are egregious, and at a minimum more light needs to be shined on the deals.
Joel Richard joined Invariant LLC as a director. Richard most recently served as senior counsel and chief speechwriter for Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and was previously a litigation associate at Mayer Brown LLP.
Josh Blumenfeld joined YouTube as manager of government affairs and public policy. He most recently was managing director of global policy and advocacy and chief legal officer at Malaria No More. Blumenfeld previously served as senior foreign policy adviser to former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).
Kara Calvert joined Coinbase as senior director of public policy for North America. Calvert most recently was a partner at Franklin Square Group and previously served as legislative assistant to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).
Overnight Defense: Biden administration expands Afghan refugee program | Culture war comes for female draft registration | US launches third Somalia strike in recent weeks
Happy Monday and welcome to Overnight Defense. I’m Rebecca Kheel, and here’s your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the newsletter.THE TOPLINE: The Biden administration is making more Afghans eligible to resettle in the United States as refugees, but there’s a big hitch.The State Department announced Monday it is creating the “Priority 2” designation for AfghansTHE TOPLINE: The Biden administration is making more Afghans eligible to resettle in the United States as refugees, but there’s a big hitch.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP hired Kachina Weaver as a strategic consulting adviser. She most recently ran her own firm, Weaver Strategies, and previously served as deputy legislative director for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D).
The Blockchain Association hired Dave Grimaldi as head of government relations. Grimaldi most recently led the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s policy team. He previously served as chief of staff to former Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and senior counsel to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
Mindset hired Lauri Ng as a director. She most recently served as Democratic senior counsel for the House Financial Services Committee.
Rhonda Bentz joined the Consumer Brands Association as vice president of public affairs. Bentz most recently was vice president of paid media and strategic initiatives at the American Petroleum Institute.
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