Second IRS Whistleblower Surfaces in Hunter Biden Probe
A second IRS whistleblower in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) probe of Hunter Biden for tax fraud surfaced after the expulsion of the whole IRS team investigating the president’s son, documents sent to Congress revealed Monday.
The whistleblower, a special agent in the IRS’s international tax and financial crimes group, joins his supervisor who alleged in April that two Biden administration political appointees within the Justice Department politically interfered in the probe to block charges against Hunter Biden for tax violations against recommendations. The first whistleblower also claimed Attorney General Merrick Garland refused to appoint a special prosecutor in the case to provide a degree of separation between the probe and President Joe Biden.
President Joe Biden, with son Hunter Biden (R), arrives to board Air Force One at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York, on February 4, 2023. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Both whistleblowers intend to participate in a blockbuster hearing on Friday before the House Ways and Means Committee. They will share concerns about the DOJ’s alleged corruption within the department.
The second IRS whistleblower alerted Congress after the DOJ allegedly ordered his removal from the case, along with his entire team. The new whistleblower oversaw the probe since January 2020 and led 12 colleagues in the investigation.
The new whistleblower alleged on May 17 leadership excluded his team from the case after leadership learned of “longstanding concerns” about the handling of the probe. The concerns allegedly angered a redacted “U.S. Attorney for the District…”
Second IRS whistleblower who raised Hunter Biden concerns claims retaliation https://t.co/MtCI0PwwXp
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 23, 2023
U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David Weiss, a Trump administration appointee, is the lead prosecutor in the case. Garland told Congress in March that Weiss has the autonomy to recommend changes, but Biden’s attorney general has also admitted he has to sign off on the charges.
“In a charged meeting on October 7, 2022, U.S. Attorney for the District of [redacted] became aware that both the IRS and the FBI had longstanding concerns about the handling of the case … After [redacted] continued to communicate concerns to the [redacted] USAO in a prosecutorial team call on October 17, 2022, he and his IRS team were no longer invited to any further prosecutorial team calls and meetings on the case, effectively excluding them from the case,” a document sent to Congress reads.
United States Attorney David C. Weiss. (screenshot/CBS News)
“For the last couple years, my [supervisor] and I have tried to gain the attention of our senior leadership about certain issues prevalent regarding the investigation. I have asked for countless … meetings with our chief and deputy chief, often to be left out on an island and not heard from,” the agent emailed IRS officials:
The lack of IRS-[Criminal Investigation] senior leadership involvement in this investigation is deeply troubling and unacceptable. Rather than recognizing the need to ensure close engagement and full support of the investigatory team in this extraordinarily sensitive case, the response too often had been that we were isolated (even when I said on multiple occasions that I wasn’t being heard and that I thought I wasn’t able to perform my job adequately because of the actions of the USAO and DOJ, my concerns were ignored by senior leadership).
The whistleblower also wrote that the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s office are responsible for his team’s removal from the case.
Header featured image (edited) credit: Hunter Biden/AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
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