New court filings vindicate IRS whistleblowers in Hunter Biden tax case

The following is from Just The News.

The government quietly confirmed in a recent court filing the IRS whistleblowers in the Hunter Biden tax case did nothing illegal, pushing back on allegations by the Biden legal team that they violated the law by making protected disclosures to Congress.

Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler originally brought concerns to the House Ways and Means Committee that the Justice Department had provided preferential treatment to Biden during the probe into his alleged tax violations, including by blocking search warrants and limiting the investigators’ pursuit of information related to then-candidate Joe Biden, Hunter Biden’s father.

Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, immediately attacked the agents in a letter to the House committee seeking to discredit the whistleblowers, labeling them “disgruntled agents.” Eventually, Hunter Biden sued the IRS over the whistleblowers’ disclosures, claiming they unlawfully disclosed his private tax returns.

The government in its filing Friday says it disputes this characterization and cited the regulations governing whistleblower activity to rebut Biden’s lawyers’ claims.

“[The] United States disputes that the IRS employees’ alleged disclosures violated I.R.C. § 7431(a)(1),” the United States Internal Revenue Service wrote in a footnote in its filing.

You can read the filing below:

Case 1.23-cv-00227711-RC Document 21.pdf

This filing follows others from Special Counsel David Weiss, who is leading the prosecution of Hunter Biden for tax and gun crimes, in which the government implied that the whistleblowers were under investigation for their disclosures.

Link to full article here.

Watch my Full Measure cover story “Whistleblowers” here with Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler that aired in March 2024.

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