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House GOP Issues Subpoenas to FBI and IRS Agents Engaged in Hunter Biden Investigation

by Sophia Chen
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On Monday, Republican members of the House of Representatives issued subpoenas to various agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who are part of the federal probe into Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden. This action is being taken as Republicans deliberate on the possibility of initiating an impeachment inquiry against the President later this year.

Chairs of the House Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees have called for sworn testimony from four agents who have been involved in the Justice Department’s extended investigation into the President’s youngest son’s financial and business affairs.

“The obligation before us is to pursue the facts to their logical conclusion. The subpoenas we have issued to compel testimony from officials within the Biden administration are vital for unraveling the extent to which the President’s son may have received preferential treatment from federal prosecutors and identifying who had the final say in the matter,” stated Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jason Smith of Missouri.

Both Representatives, along with Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, collaborated in June to initiate an investigation into what they allege to be pervasive and inappropriate interference in this high-profile case.

A key aspect of the congressional inquiry centers on a meeting held in October 2022, during which David Weiss, the U.S. Attorney for Delaware responsible for the Hunter Biden investigation, allegedly informed investigators that he was not the ultimate authority on filing charges. He further stated that on numerous occasions his attempts to initiate charges across multiple jurisdictions had been rejected. This information was relayed by Gary Shapley, an IRS employee who attended the meeting.

Both Weiss and the Department of Justice have disputed Shapley’s account.

Shapley, along with another IRS staffer, Joe Ziegler, have previously testified before Congress, stating that there was a pattern of “procrastinating investigative measures” and postponing enforcement actions relating to the Hunter Biden case. This, they say, occurred not just during the current administration but also in the months preceding the 2020 election under the Trump administration.

The subpoenas dispatched on Monday to the four involved individuals—two from the IRS and two from the FBI—indicate that they have been “singled out as individuals with firsthand knowledge” of the aforementioned October meeting.

This development occurs just over a week following Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of Weiss as special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation—a move that caught many by surprise, including House Republicans who had been advocating for this designation.

In a speech dated August 11, Garland pointed to the “exceptional circumstances” that led to Weiss’s appointment as special counsel after plea negotiations in the case had faltered earlier in the summer. Weiss had requested the special counsel status, thereby securing extensive authority to carry out his investigation and publicize his conclusions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hunter Biden investigation

What is the main action that the House Republicans have taken?

House Republicans have issued subpoenas to several FBI and IRS agents who are part of the ongoing federal investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden.

Who are the key individuals mentioned in the text?

The key individuals mentioned include Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jason Smith of Missouri, as well as Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer. Also named are David Weiss, the U.S. Attorney for Delaware; Gary Shapley and Joe Ziegler, IRS employees; and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Why have the subpoenas been issued?

The subpoenas have been issued to acquire sworn testimony from FBI and IRS agents involved in the Hunter Biden case. The aim is to determine whether Hunter Biden received preferential treatment from federal prosecutors and to identify who had the ultimate decision-making authority in the case.

What is the significance of the October 2022 meeting?

The October 2022 meeting is significant because, according to IRS employee Gary Shapley, U.S. Attorney David Weiss indicated that he was not the final authority on whether charges should be filed against Hunter Biden. Weiss allegedly stated that his attempts to initiate charges were denied on multiple occasions.

What stance have David Weiss and the Department of Justice taken regarding these allegations?

Both David Weiss and the Department of Justice have disputed the account given by Gary Shapley, challenging his claims about what transpired during the October 2022 meeting.

Who has been appointed as special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation?

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation a little over a week before the House Republicans issued their subpoenas.

What does the special counsel designation mean for David Weiss?

The special counsel designation gives David Weiss broad authority to carry out an extensive investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial and business affairs and to publicly report his findings.

Are House Republicans considering an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden?

Yes, the issuance of these subpoenas comes as Republicans in the House of Representatives are deliberating on the possibility of initiating an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden later this year.

More about Hunter Biden investigation

  • House Judiciary Committee Official Statement
  • Ways and Means Committee Press Release
  • Statement from Representatives Jim Jordan and Jason Smith
  • Department of Justice Official Response
  • Remarks by Attorney General Merrick Garland
  • Profile of U.S. Attorney David Weiss
  • Congressional Testimony of IRS Employees
  • Background on Special Counsel Designations

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6 comments

PoliticalAnalyst September 14, 2023 - 10:36 pm

The timing of these subpoenas is curious, especially given that Garland just appointed Weiss as special counsel. coincidence? i think not.

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SarahInTX September 15, 2023 - 12:12 am

Wait, so who’s tellin the truth here? Weiss or Shapley? Someone’s gotta be lying, right?

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JohnDoe123 September 15, 2023 - 12:38 am

Wow, Republicans are really going all in on this Hunter Biden case, huh? Guess theyre gearing up for impeachment talks.

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LegalEagle September 15, 2023 - 3:44 am

David Weiss getting broad authority as special counsel is huge. This can either bring about some serious findings or turn into a political sideshow.

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ConcernedCitizen September 15, 2023 - 5:18 pm

the question is, will this lead to impeachment or is it just another political spectacle? With everything going on, its hard to keep up.

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FinanceGeek September 15, 2023 - 6:56 pm

Interesting to see the focus on the IRS and FBI agents. That could open a whole new can of worms, depending on what they testify.

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