BREAKING: IRS Removes Investigative Team From Hunter Biden Probe, Whistleblower Says It’s “Clearly Retaliatory”
Credit: The Washington Post
The IRS removed the entire investigative team” from its long-running tax fraud probe of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. This is alleged retaliation against the whistleblower who recently contacted Congress to allege a coverup in the case.
The removal of the investigative team was done on the orders of the Justice Department, the whistleblower’s attorneys informed congressional leaders in a letter.
“Today the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent we represent was informed that he and his entire investigative team are being removed from the ongoing and sensitive investigation of the high-profile, controversial subject about which our client sought to make whistleblower disclosures to Congress. He was informed the change was at the request of the Department of Justice,” Mark Lytle and Tristan Leavitt wrote.
The whistleblower, who supervised the Hunter Biden probe since early in 2020, has not publicly indemnified the first son as the subject of the case he says is being swept under the rug, but congressional sources did confirm it.
“On April 27, 2023, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel appeared before the House Committee on Ways and Means. He testified: ‘I can say without any hesitation there will be no retaliation for anyone making an allegation or a call to a whistleblower hotline.’ However, this move is clearly retaliatory and may also constitute obstruction of a congressional inquiry,” the lawyers went on.
“Our client has a right to make disclosures to Congress … He is protected by 5 U.S.C. § 2302 from retaliatory personnel actions — including receiving a ‘significant change in duties, responsibilities, or working conditions’ (which this clearly is) because of his disclosures to Congress.
“Any attempt by any government official to prevent a federal employee from furnishing information to Congress is also a direct violation of longstanding appropriations restriction. Furthermore, 18 U.S.C. § 1505 makes it a crime to obstruct an investigation of Congress,” Lytle and Leavitt wrote.
The whistleblower’s team added: “We respectfully request that you give this matter your prompt attention. Removing the experienced investigators who have worked this case for years and are now the subject-matter experts is exactly the sort of issue our client intended to blow the whistle on to begin with.”
Hunter is under investigation for not paying taxes on millions in largely foreign-sourced income.
The New York Post reported:
He was in good spirits Monday and gave journalists a thumbs-up while seated near his dad, President Biden, at the graduation ceremony for his daughter Maisy from the University of Pennsylvania.
The first son wrote in communications retrieved from the abandoned laptop that he paid up to “half” of his income to his father, and Hunter frequently involved then-Vice President Biden in his international business relationships.
The whistleblower was ousted from the investigation, along with an unknown number of subordinates, at roughly the same time as the Justice Department released a long-awaited report by special counsel John Durham detailing bias in the FBI’s investigation of former President Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia.