Headline RoundupJune 23rd, 2023

IRS Whistleblower Alleges Hunter Biden Received ‘Preferential Treatment’

Summary from the AllSides News Team

An IRS whistleblower alleged the Department of Justice buried implicating evidence on Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son.

Details: Earlier this week, federal prosecutors and Hunter Biden agreed on a plea agreement, under which, Biden would plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax crimes. This agreement was the result of a years-long investigation. Now, whistleblower testimonies released by the House Ways and Means Committee allege the Department of Justice interfered in the investigation and buried evidence. 

Key Quotes: One of the whistleblowers, Gary Shapley, an IRS supervisory special agent, told the committee that the president’s son received “preferential treatment,” and alleged that “DOJ officials dragged their feet on the IRS taking these investigative steps” in 2020 after it became clear Joe Biden would be the Democratic presidential nominee. Shapley also revealed that investigators found a WhatsApp message sent by Hunter Biden to a Chinese official that began with, “I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight.”

How The Media is Covering It: The whistleblower is being covered across the spectrum, but framing is split. Right-rated outlets are focusing heavily on the message to the Chinese official along with the allegation of investigation interference, but left and center-rated outlets are typically only focusing on interference allegations, often omitting the WhatsApp message.

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