FBI tipped off Biden team, Secret Service about plan to interview Hunter, agent tells Congress

Retired agent's account backs up account of IRS whistleblowers set to testify Wednesday before House Oversight Committee.

Published: July 17, 2023 5:58pm

Updated: July 17, 2023 8:25pm

A recently retired FBI supervisory agent told Congress behind closed doors Monday that the bureau tipped off Joe Biden's team and the Secret Service in late 2020 about a plan to interview Hunter Biden in his criminal tax probe, corroborating allegations from two IRS whistleblowers.

The FBI agent, who worked alongside the IRS whistleblowers on the Hunter Biden case when he was assigned to the Wilmington field office, gave his account in a transcribed interview before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, providing fresh evidence of alleged political interference in the treatment of Joe Biden's son.

He corroborated several aspects of the account IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley and a second agent gave Congress last month, including that law enforcement's plan to conduct a surprise interview in early December 2020 with Hunter Biden about alleged tax crimes was foiled by the tipoff.

The agent, whose name wasn't immediately made public, said the bureau told both Joe Biden's transition office and the Secret Service, creating a tipoff that thwarted the planned interview.

"The night before the interview of Hunter Biden, both Secret Service headquarters and the Biden transition team were tipped off about the planned interview,"  Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky. said. "On the day of the Hunter Biden interview, federal agents were told to stand by and could not approach Hunter Biden—they had to wait for his call. As a result of the change in plans, IRS and FBI criminal investigators never got to interview Hunter Biden as part of the investigation.

“The Justice Department’s efforts to cover up for the Bidens reveals a two-tiered system of justice that sickens the American people," he added.

In his testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee back in May, Shapley described how the tipoff around Dec. 7-8, 2020, was a major set back for the investigation, and one of several instances in which political favoritism and interference occurred.

"I was informed that FBI headquarters had notified Secret Service headquarters and the transition team about the planned actions the following day," Shapley testified.

You can read Shapley's complete interview with lawmakers here.

He said the alert afforded Hunter Biden and his team "an opportunity to obstruct" the investigation.

Shapley and his IRS colleague are slated to testify in public for the first time as early as Wednesday before Comer's panel, and officials told Just the News they hope to release a transcript of the FBI agent's corroborating testimony in the next few days.

In the interview with Congress on Monday, aides said, the retired FBI agent said:

  • Multiple witness interviews were planned in the Biden family probe for Dec. 8, 2020, with he and Shapley assigned to interview Hunter Biden.
  • Late on Dec. 7, 2020, Shapley and the FBI agent learned that FBI headquarters had notified Secret Service headquarters about the Hunter Biden interview and that the Biden transition team was also notified, contrary to the original investigative plan.
  • The next day, the FBI agent and Shapley were instructed not to approach Hunter Biden’s house and instead would have until Hunter Biden contacted them, an instruction the FBI agent said he had never before gotten.
  • Hunter Biden never approached them and the interview never happened.

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