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House Republicans Publish Statements of Whistleblowers Alleging Interference in Hunter Biden Investigation

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On Thursday, House Republicans made public the statements from two IRS whistleblowers who suggest that the Justice Department imposed undue influence on their protracted investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. The department immediately rejected these allegations.

The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Republican Representative Jason Smith, agreed to disclose the congressional testimonies of two IRS agents involved in the federal probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes and international business transactions.

“Whistleblowers convey how the Biden Justice Department intervened and exceeded its authority in a bid to shield Joe Biden’s son by delaying, disclosing, and denying an ongoing probe into alleged tax violations by Hunter Biden,” Smith, from Missouri, told journalists.

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Greg Shapley and another unnamed IRS agent, the two tax bureau employees who gave their testimonies, narrated a sequence of “procrastinating investigative actions” and postponing enforcement measures several months before elections. However, it’s unclear whether the discord they outline equates to an internal disputation on how to conduct the comprehensive investigation or a trend of interference and favoritism. The department’s policy has long cautioned prosecutors about bringing cases with potential political implications around election time, to circumvent any possible effect on the result.

The Justice Department dismissed the whistleblowers’ claims, asserting that the U.S. attorney supervising the Hunter Biden investigation, David Weiss — appointed by former President Donald Trump — maintained full control over the case.

The testimony release followed Hunter Biden’s announcement two days prior that he will plead guilty to minor tax offenses as part of a pact with the Justice Department. The deal, made public on Tuesday, also helps him evade prosecution on a felony charge of illegal firearm possession as a drug user, given his compliance with court-agreed conditions.

Congressional Republicans labeled the plea agreement a “sweetheart deal” for the president’s son and yet another manifestation of a “two-tiered justice system” favoring Democrats. They also committed to persist with their own inquiries into the Biden family and what they view as their attempts to exploit the presidency.

The first IRS whistleblower, Shapley, came forward in April when his lawyer contacted GOP Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, stating that his client had data regarding a “failure to address clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate resolution” of what was then an active criminal investigation concerning Hunter Biden. In a long testimony, Shapley detailed several barriers he and other IRS agents faced while attempting to interview individuals related to the case or issue search warrants.

Shapley’s most notable assertion was that Weiss requested the Justice Department in March 2020 to grant him special counsel status to prosecute the tax cases outside Delaware, including Washington, D.C., and California, but was rejected.

Responding to that assertion, the Justice Department reemphasized that Weiss has “complete authority over this matter, including the power to decide where, when, and whether to press charges as he sees fit. He requires no further approval to do so.”

The second IRS whistleblower, who requested anonymity, expressed his continued dissatisfaction with the handling of the Hunter Biden case, tracing back to the Trump administration under Attorney General William Barr. He began investigating Hunter Biden in 2015, delving extensively into his personal life and financial dealings.

He stated that he was withdrawn from the investigation in October 2022, with the decision communicated by IRS officials. However, he suspects his removal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hunter Biden investigation

Who released the testimonies of the whistleblowers in the Hunter Biden case?

House Republicans released the testimonies of two IRS whistleblowers.

What are the whistleblowers alleging in their testimonies?

The whistleblowers allege that the Justice Department interfered with their prolonged investigation into Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son.

What was the response of the Justice Department to these allegations?

The Justice Department promptly denied the allegations made by the whistleblowers.

Who is leading the House Ways and Means Committee that released the testimonies?

Republican Representative Jason Smith is leading the House Ways and Means Committee.

What recent development occurred in Hunter Biden’s case?

Hunter Biden recently announced that he will plead guilty to minor tax offenses as part of an agreement with the Justice Department.

What is the reaction of Congressional Republicans to the plea deal?

Congressional Republicans called the plea deal a “sweetheart deal” for the president’s son and pledged to continue their own investigations into the Biden family.

What are the whistleblowers’ names?

One whistleblower is named Greg Shapley, and the other agent requested to keep his identity anonymous.

When did the first whistleblower, Shapley, come forward?

Shapley came forward in April when his attorney reached out to GOP Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

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6 comments

SteveOlsen2023 June 29, 2023 - 10:17 pm

lol another day, another scandal. Never a dull day in the DC. Hunter biden, you need better lawyers.

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Maverick_1 June 30, 2023 - 12:46 am

this is what happens when politicians families get involved in busines, just a can of worms. Stick to politics folks!

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truthSeeker June 30, 2023 - 1:50 am

irs whistleblowers are brave folks, hope they get the justice they’re after!

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LindaF June 30, 2023 - 5:56 am

why they always after Bidens, like there’s no other family in politics? just my thoughts, y’know

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LibertyBelle June 30, 2023 - 9:01 am

Can someone clarify, did Trump’s appointee Weiss had full authority over this case or not? The article seems a bit confusing.

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Jack R. June 30, 2023 - 10:14 am

can’t say I’m surprised, politcs always a messy game!

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