Hunter Biden Whistleblower “X” Comes Forward, and He’s A Democrat – In an interview with CBS News, the second IRS whistleblower to come forward to House Republicans described how he felt as though he was “handcuffed” as he attempted to investigate the finances of Hunter Biden and his father, President Joe Biden.
IRS special agent Joseph Ziegler, who expressed his concern to the House Oversight Committee that coming forward would likely affect his career, described how he witnessed political interference in his investigations.
Ziegler revealed the roadblocks that stood in his way repeatedly throughout the five-year-long investigation, telling legislators on Wednesday that things kept being put “on the backburner.”
“When you’re prevented from going down certain roads, I guess I don’t know what could have been found if we were not hamstrung or not handcuffed,” he told the news outlet.
Ziegler revealed his identity at a Wednesday hearing alongside Gary Shapley, an agent in the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS who had already gone public about his experience during his attempted investigation of the president’s son.
During his opening statement to the House Oversight Committee, Shapley described how U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who oversaw the Hunter Biden tax case, told a room of investigators from the FBI and IRS that he was “not the deciding person on whether charges are filed.” According to Shapley, he expressed concerns during that same meeting about political interference in the investigation, only for him to be removed from the case by the Justice Department afterwards.
Ziegler backed Shapley’s claims, describing how he has a “reason to believe that there was gross mismanagement present throughout this investigation” and that there was a “gross waste of funds relating to the tax dollars” used to investigate the case. Ziegler also accused the Department of Justice and the Delaware United States Attorney’s Office of an “abuse of authority.”
No Political Motivation
Ziegler also made it clear this week that his comments about Hunter Biden, and his desire to get to the bottom of his questionable foreign business dealings, is not political.
“I’m a Democrat. In the last presidential election, I actually did not vote,” Ziegler said.
“I thought it would be irresponsible of me to do so because I didn’t wanna show bias one way or the other.”
The comments fly in the face of accusations from Democrats that the Republicans are using the House Oversight Committee, and the hearings related to the whistleblowers’ concerns about investigations into his tax affairs, to unfairly target President Joe Biden and his family.
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