IRS Whistleblowers Claim DOJ Obstructed Hunter Biden Investigation
Summary from the AllSides News Team
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee heard testimonies from two whistleblowers formerly involved in the agency’s investigation into Hunter Biden.
Details: IRS agents Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler made a number of claims during their testimonies, including claiming that the IRS investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes was slowed and obstructed by the Department of Justice and the Biden Administration, that agents were blocked from probing potential connections to President Biden, that agents were blocked from questioning Hunter Biden’s adult children, and more. In June, Hunter Biden reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors over unpaid income tax and a gun-related charge that would avoid prison time.
Key Quotes: In his opening statement, Ziegler said “assigned prosecutors did not appear to follow the normal investigative process, slow-walked the investigation, and put in place unnecessary approvals and roadblocks from effectively and efficiently investigating the case.” Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, vowed to “continue to follow the money trail” by investigating the international business dealings of the president’s son. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the leading Democrat on the committee, called the hearing “a theater of the absurd.”
How the Media Covered It: Right-rated media covered the hearing most prominently. Left- and center-rated media covered the hearing mildly. Some left-rated outlets covered the hearing but only focused on one moment where Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) showed a leaked image of Hunter Biden engaging in a sexual act, drawing backlash from Democratic committee members.
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From the RightIRS whistleblowers describe alleged Hunter Biden coverup: ‘Not letting me do my investigative job’
IRS agents Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler gave their first public testimony to Congress Wednesday about what they described as a far-reaching coverup in the criminal tax fraud investigation of first son Hunter Biden.
Shapley and Ziegler laid out an array of claims about irregularities in the five-year probe of the 53-year-old first son, which concluded last month with a probation-only plea deal announced by the Justice Department.
Ziegler remained anonymous until moments before the House Oversight Committee hearing — at which he described himself as a gay Democrat who felt he...
From the LeftIRS whistleblowers air claims to Congress about ‘slow-walking’ of the Hunter Biden case
House Republicans raised unsubstantiated allegations Wednesday against President Joe Biden over his family’s finances as they summoned IRS whistleblowers to testify publicly for the first time about claims the Justice Department improperly interfered with a tax investigation into Biden’s son Hunter.
Lawmakers were hearing from the two IRS agents assigned to Hunter Biden case, which looked into his failure to pay taxes. The president’s son pleaded guilty recently to misdemeanor tax charges in what Republicans have derided as a “sweetheart” deal.
House Republicans are deepening their own investigation, making broad...
From the CenterIRS Whistleblower Joseph Ziegler: "Roadblock After Roadblock Was Put In Front Of Me" During Biden Probe
IRS special agent Joseph Ziegler, previously referred to as "Agent X," told CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge that he "felt handcuffed" during a five-year investigation into the president's son's international business deals, in an interview airing in full Wednesday night after his testimony this afternoon at the House Oversight Committee.
Herridge asked the key question: "Did you uncover evidence that President Biden financially benefited from his son's deals?"
"I don't feel comfortable answering that question... Any time we potentially wanted to go down the road of asking questions...