An IRS special agent has requested whistleblower protection to reveal information about the alleged mishandling of an investigation involving President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, as stated in a letter sent to congressional members.
The IRS whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Lytle, informed lawmakers on Wednesday that his client has information related to a “failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition” of a criminal investigation concerning Hunter Biden’s taxes and a potential false statement in relation to a gun purchase.
Whistleblower wants to disclose information in a ‘nonpartisan manner’
Lytle stated in the letter obtained by The Associated Press that his client wishes to disclose the information in a nonpartisan manner to the leadership of relevant committees from both political parties.
The letter reveals that the supervisory special agent has already shared the information internally with the IRS and a Justice Department watchdog.
Lytle added that his client can contradict sworn testimony given to lawmakers “by a senior political appointee,” whose name is not mentioned.
The special agent also intends to expose instances of preferential treatment and political influence affecting decisions and protocols that would usually be followed by career law enforcement professionals if the subject were not politically connected.
The president respected ‘the rule of law’ – Press secretary
During a briefing last week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that “the president respects the rule of law and the independence of the Department of Justice.”
The Justice Department, Hunter Biden’s legal team, and The IRS are yet to respond to requests for comment.
Since at least 2018, Hunter Biden’s taxes and foreign business dealings have been under investigation by a federal grand jury in Delaware.
His membership on the board of a Ukrainian energy company and attempts to make deals in China have led Republicans to question whether he exploited his father’s public service.
Joe Biden has denied discussing his son’s foreign business dealings, and there is no indication that the federal investigation involves the president.
Attorney General Merrick Garland stated in a congressional hearing last month that he would not interfere with the department’s investigation.
US Attorney David Weiss can extend investigation if necessary
He has left the matter in the hands of US Attorney David Weiss, the top federal prosecutor in Delaware, who has the authority to extend his investigation beyond the state if necessary.
“He has been advised he is not to be denied anything he needs,” Garland said. “I have not heard anything from that office to suggest that they are not able to do everything the U.S. Attorney wants to do.”
The whistleblower letter comes as House Republicans conduct investigations into nearly every aspect of Hunter Biden’s business dealings, including examining foreign payments and other financial matters.
Republican James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, recently reviewed financial transactions that were flagged for attention involving the Biden family. These financial reports are routine and are not necessarily evidence of misconduct.
However, Comer stated that the whistleblower letter further underscores the importance of congressional inquiries into the president and his family.
“It’s deeply concerning that the Biden Administration may be obstructing justice by blocking efforts to charge Hunter Biden for tax violations,” Comer said in a statement.
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