Headline RoundupMay 25th, 2023

IRS Whistleblower Claims DOJ Slow-Walked Hunter Biden Tax Probe

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An IRS whistleblower said the Department of Justice "slow-walked" a tax evasion probe into Hunter Biden, and cited differences between prosecutors and investigators.

Key Details: Gary Shapley, a 14-year veteran of the IRS, said during a "CBS Evening News" interview that the Justice Department gave special treatment to the Hunter Biden investigation. On May 15, Shapley was removed from the probe, as was the entire IRS team investigating the matter. Shapley is scheduled to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee in a closed-door meeting Friday.

Key Quote: "There were multiple steps that were slow-walked — were just completely not done — at the direction of the Department of Justice," said Shapley.

For Context: In April, Shapley's lawyers sent a letter to Congress notifying members that the then-unnamed whistleblower wanted to come forward and testify in connection with this three-year investigation.

How the Media Covered it: Right-rated sources highlighted Shapley's CBS interview more prominently than left- and center-rated sources did. Many reports noted that no charges have been brought against Hunter Biden regarding his alleged tax evasion.

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