It is deeply concerning that the Department of Justice (DOJ) appears to have deliberately interfered in an investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax-related issues.
The recent executive meeting of the Ways and Means Committee unearthed a disturbing strategy of “Delay, Divulge, and Deny” deployed by the DOJ in order to protect Biden from facing any criminal charges for his alleged evasion or defeat of taxes, fraud, false statements, and willful failure to file returns.
- DELAY: Recurring unjustified delays pervaded the investigation, including in authenticating the message between Hunter Biden and Chinese officials. Investigators were told by U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf that “there is no way” a search warrant for evidence would get approved because the evidence of interest would be found in the guest house of former Vice President Biden.
- DIVULGE: Investigators found out that attorneys for Hunter Biden were tipped off about actions relating to the investigation in advance. For example, even as investigators had probable cause to search a Northern Virginia storage unit in which Hunter Biden had stored files, attorneys for Biden were tipped off.
- DENY: U.S. Attorney of Delaware David Weiss tried to bring charges in District of Columbia around March 2022 and was denied. Weiss sought special counsel status from DOJ in the Spring of 2022 and was denied. Weiss sought to bring charges in the Central District of California in the Fall of 2022 and had that request denied in January 2023.
Whistleblowers within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have testified that the DOJ was tipped off prior to a federal search of Hunter Biden’s storage unit. This information has revealed that Hunter Biden may have received preferential treatment throughout this investigation.
While IRS officials had recommended charging him with criminal activity due to his income exceeding $8.3 million dollars without paying taxes on it, he somehow managed to avoid being held accountable for these transgressions due to the interference from those higher up in power than him.
The testimony also details the retaliation against IRS employees who blew the whistle on this misconduct. These employees reportedly faced hostility after raising concerns up their chain of command. Actions were taken to cut the IRS investigative team out of the process, and in some cases, unrelated investigations were hampered with limits and pauses. The whistleblowers and their entire team were eventually removed from the investigation on May 15, 2023, after blowing the whistle to Congress.
The testimony of two whistleblowers puts the DOJ and IRS under intense scrutiny and highlights the urgent need for investigation and accountability within these agencies.
BREAKING: The DOJ allegedly tipped off Hunter Biden before a search was conducted on his storage unit & stopped an investigation into "a WhatsApp message in which Hunter Biden demands payment from Chinese officials, noting that his father is in the room."
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— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) June 22, 2023
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) released the following statement:
“Today, the Ways and Means Committee voted to make public the testimony of IRS employees blowing the whistle on misconduct at the IRS and the Biden Department of Justice regarding unequal enforcement of tax law, interference and government abuse in the handling of investigations into criminal activity by President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and retaliation against IRS employees blowing the whistle on this abuse.
“The American people deserve to know that when it comes to criminal enforcement, they are not on the same playing field as thewealthy and politically connected class. The preferential treatment Hunter Biden received would never have been granted to ordinary Americans.
“Whistleblowers describe how the Biden Justice Department intervened and overstepped in a campaign to protect the son of Joe Biden by delaying, divulging, and denying an ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden’s alleged tax crimes. The testimony shows tactics used by the Justice Department to delay the investigation long enough to reach the statute of limitations, evidence they divulged sensitive actions by the investigative team to Biden’s attorneys, and denied requests by the U.S. Attorney to bring charges against Biden.
“IRS employees who blew the whistle on this abuse were retaliated against, despite a commitment IRS Commissioner Werfel made before the Ways and Means Committee to uphold their legal protections. They were removed from this investigation after they responsibly worked through the chain of command to raise these concerns.
“The Committee has acted in good faith with participation from both Democrats and Republicans, as the issues raised today ought to be a bipartisan concern. Hopefully we can find a path forward to continue to go where the facts lead us. If the federal government is not treating all taxpayers equally, or if it is changing the rules to engineer a preferred outcome, Congress has a duty to ask why and to hold agencies accountable and consider appropriate legislative action. The scales of justice must not be skewed in favor of the wealthy and the politically connected.”
The transcripts for the whistleblower testimony are posted below via Ways and Means Committee:
- Whistleblower #1 redacted transcript
- Whistleblower #1 redacted affidavit
- Whistleblower #2 redacted transcript
- Whistleblower #2 redacted supplemental submission
- June 7, 2023 letter
This situation reflects poorly upon our nation’s justice system– if someone can evade punishment simply because they are well-connected politically then what does that say about how we treat individuals who lack such connections? What message does this send out about how justice is dispensed across all social classes?
The coverup of Hunter Biden serves only one purpose: protecting powerful elites from legal accountability while allowing them access privileges that are not available to normal citizens. Such behavior should not be tolerated as it undermines our democracy and allows corrupt politicians a free pass when they break laws which would land ordinary people behind bars if they did something like this. This sets an extremely dangerous precedent as it implies that some people are above the law– something which goes against everything our country stands for.