IRS whistleblowers will testify behind closed doors amid Biden’s impeachment investigation – LSB

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An IRS whistleblower who claims the federal investigation into Hunter Biden was influenced by politics testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday.

Gary Shapley, who led the IRS portion of the Hunter Biden investigation, and Joseph Ziegler, a special agent for 13 years within the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, will sit in a closed hearing during the committee’s executive session on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

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The whistleblowers are scheduled to discuss information that is “protected under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code,” according to the committee, meaning the information is tied to the confidentiality of tax returns.

IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley, left, and IRS Criminal Investigator Joseph Ziegler are sworn in as they testify during a House Oversight Committee hearing related to the Justice Department’s investigation into Hunter Biden. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Shapley and Ziegler alleged there was political influence surrounding prosecutorial decisions throughout the Hunter Biden investigation, which began in 2018.

Shapley said decisions “at every stage” of the investigation were made that “had an impact in favor of the subject of the investigation.”

Ziegler said Hunter Biden “should have been charged with a felony tax charge, not just a misdemeanor tax charge” and that the communications and text messages reviewed by investigators “may be contradictory to what President Biden has been saying about not being involved in Hunter’s business dealings abroad.”

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House Ways and Means President Jason Smith (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Ziegler also alleged that federal investigators “did not follow the normal process, slowed down the investigation, and placed unnecessary consents and barriers to effectively and efficiently investigating the case,” including prosecutors blocking some questioning and interviewing of Hunter Biden’s adult children.

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Shapley also said that U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss, who was leading the investigation, requested special counsel authority but was denied, and said he did not have “ultimate authority” in the investigation to pursue charges against the president’s son.

Weiss was appointed as special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland in August.

During his interview before the House Judiciary Committee last month, Weiss acknowledged that he was initially “not granted” the authority of a special counsel in his investigation of Hunter Biden by the Justice Department despite him requesting that status, but he told investigators that he did not explain that decision to He “denies in any way, shape or form,” according to a transcript of his testimony reviewed by Fox News Digital.

The closed hearing in Ways and Means is scheduled to take place a week before Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Wolf is to be removed by the House Judiciary Committee after being subpoenaed last month.

Her testimony, scheduled for December 14, comes after Shapley alleged that Wolf sought to prevent investigators from asking questions related to President Biden throughout the years-long federal investigation into Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden

United States President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, exits the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Delaware, United States on July 26, 2023. (Celal Gunes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Specifically, Shapley alleged that Wolf worked to “limit” questioning about President Biden and explicit references to Biden as “Dad” or “the big guy.”

Wolf allegedly said there was “no specific criminality in this type of questioning” regarding President Biden, which Shapley said “upset the FBI.”

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In October 2020, Wolf reviewed an affidavit for a search warrant for Hunter Biden’s home and “agreed to a probable cause investigation,” Shapley testified. However, Shapley said Wolf would ultimately not allow a body search warrant to be issued for the president’s son.

Shapley said Wolfe decided there was “sufficient probable cause for a physical search warrant there, but the question was whether the juice was worth the squeeze.”

Rep. Jim Jordan speaks to reporters

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Shapley said Wolfe said “optics were a driving factor in deciding whether to execute the search warrant,” adding that Wolfe agreed that “a lot of evidence will be found in our investigation of former Vice President Biden’s guest house.” But he said there was no way to get approval for that.”

Wolf also informed Hunter Biden’s legal team ahead of the planned inspection of his storage unit, Shapley said.

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The whistleblower testimony in Ways and Means and Wolf’s deposition come as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., are leading the investigation while the House gathers evidence and considers whether to draft Bill or not. Articles of impeachment for President Biden.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer

James Comer, Republican from Kentucky. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

The committees are investigating the alleged politicization of the federal investigation into Hunter Biden. They are also investigating the Biden family’s foreign business dealings and whether the president was involved in or directly benefited from those ventures.

President Biden has repeatedly denied any involvement in his son’s business dealings.

Hunter Biden was charged with making a false statement when purchasing a firearm; Making a false statement regarding information required to be maintained by a licensed federal firearms dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person unlawfully using or addicted to a controlled substance.

President Biden speaks at the White House

President Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on October 10, 2023. (Ting Xin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty in October.

The investigation into Weiss is ongoing.

Hunter Biden has been summoned to appear before the House Oversight Committee on December 13.

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