The Hunter Biden IRS Whistleblower: What Happened? – Last week, the House Oversight Committee told the Department of Justice to hold off on a charging decision about Hunter Biden until after they had announced their evidence against the president’s son.
The evidence was a dud, and there’s still been no decision.
Hunter Biden: Still in Trouble?
For several years, the Department of Justice has been investigating the president’s son, Hunter Biden, on issues related to both his taxes and the possibility that he may have lied on a gun permit application.
Some reporting indicated earlier this month that a charging decision was close, and last week the House Oversight Committee pled for the DOJ to hold off on any charging decision until after they had announced their own evidence against the Biden Family, which was widely seen as a dud.
Now, there’s news about a potential whistleblower against the younger Biden.
According to CNN, an IRS whistleblower who “claims to have information about alleged mishandling and political interference in the ongoing criminal probe into Hunter Biden” has been dropped from the investigation into Hunter Biden, the whistleblower’s attorneys told Congressional committees.
Per Fox News, the whistleblower’s attorneys are alleging retaliation on the part of the Department of Justice.
“Today the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent we represent was informed that he and his entire investigative team are being removed from the ongoing and sensitive investigation of the high-profile, controversial subject about which our client sought to make whistleblower disclosures to Congress,” the attorneys said in their letter. The “subject” was not named in the letter but has been identified by multiple news organizations as Hunter Biden.
“President Biden has made clear that this matter would be handled independently by the Justice Department, under the leadership of a US Attorney appointed by former President Trump, free from any political interference by the White House. He has upheld that commitment,” the White House said in a comment to CNN.
This is not to be confused with a different whistleblower, the one who House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) claims has alleged “a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national.”
“We believe the FBI possesses an unclassified internal document that includes very serious and detailed allegations implicating the current President of the United States. What we don’t know is what, if anything, the FBI has done to verify these claims or investigate further. The FBI’s recent history of botching politically charged investigations demands close congressional oversight,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), who co-authored the letter with Comer, said in a statement on May 3.
However, Comer implied in a TV interview last weekend that his committee had lost touch with the informant claiming this.
“Well, unfortunately, we can’t track down the informant. We are hopeful the informant is still there,” Comer had said in the interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo.
But Comer’s committee clarified that the informer in question is not, in fact, “missing.”
“The whistleblower who has come forward about the FBI record alleging that then-Vice President Joe Biden engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national isn’t missing,” Oversight Committee communications director Jessica B. Collins told the media. Collins added that he Comer “was referring to another whistleblower regarding the Biden family’s influence-peddling schemes.”
The presentation last Wednesday of the Oversight Committee’s evidence against Biden, gleaned from suspicious activity reports and other materials they have obtained, was met with much skepticism, as even Fox News host Steve Doocy was underwhelmed by the lack of connection to President Biden himself.
“But that’s just your suggestion ― you actually don’t have any facts to that point. You’ve got some circumstantial evidence,” Doocy said on the show last week. And the other thing is, of all those names, the one person who didn’t profit is ― there is no evidence that Joe Biden did anything illegally.”
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