IRS Whistleblower Says Hunter Biden Probe Being Mishandled
Summary from AllSides News Team
The supervisor overseeing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) portion of the Justice Department's investigation into Hunter Biden has reportedly told lawmakers he has information suggesting the Biden administration is mismanaging the probe.
The Details: A letter sent to Congress on Wednesday says an IRS criminal supervisory special agent has information that would contradict sworn testimony by a "senior political appointee." The New York Post (Lean Right bias) reported that the appointee is U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who previously pledged that the federal probe of Hunter Biden would be independent of political bias.
Key Quotes: The whistleblower has seen "preferential treatment and politics improperly infecting decisions and protocols that would normally be followed by career law enforcement professionals in similar circumstances if the subject were not politically connected," according to the letter.
For Context: Hunter Biden's taxes and foreign business dealings have been under federal investigation since 2018, and Republican lawmakers have recently sought to investigate whether President Joe Biden benefitted from Hunter's foreign business affairs. Meanwhile, a former CIA official reportedly testified to House Republicans this week that Secretary of State Antony Blinken was the "impetus" for the unfounded claim that Hunter Biden's laptop was a Russian disinformation campaign.
How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered the whistleblower, with right-rated sources highlighting it more prominently.
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Mark Lytle, the attorney for the IRS whistleblower, wrote to lawmakers Wednesday that his client has information about a “failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition” of a criminal investigation related to the younger Biden’s taxes and whether he made a false statement in connection with a gun purchase.
“Despite serious risks...