IRS whistleblower confirms Hunter Biden received nearly $5 million from donor for personal expenses
Joseph Ziegler also shared an example of how Hunter's foreign business activity with Burisma could be linked to his father.
Internal Revenue Service agent Joseph Ziegler told the House Ways and Means Committee in closed-door testimony Tuesday that Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, received almost $5 million in loans from a donor for personal expenses.
"Hunter appeared to follow a pattern of attempting to avoid paying taxes on relevant income. This first started with Hunter not reporting the Burisma income in 2014 and allegedly falsely claiming that it was a loan to him," Ziegler said in his testimony.
"He, again, tried to claim the millions in income earned from Hudson West III was a loan to him, which was refuted by the evidence and was not allowed by his tax accountants. This continued into 2020, 2021 and 2022, in which Hunter received approximately $4.9 million in payments for personal expenses, again in the form of a loan and gift from Democratic Donor Kevin Patrick Morris," he added.
Ziegler also said that Morris paid Hunter's delinquent taxes.
"As stated in my previous testimony, I read a note from Hunter Biden’s 2020 tax return that Hunter Biden received a loan from a 3rd party, known to be Kevin Patrick Morris, in paying off Hunter Biden’s delinquent taxes," he said.
Ziegler’s interview confirms reporting by Just the News last month showing that Kevin Morris and Hunter Biden had engaged in a series of loans totaling $5.3 million since Joe Biden began running for president.
Ziegler and fellow whistleblower Gary Shapley, who oversaw the IRS probe of Hunter Biden’s tax issues, have alleged that the U.S. Justice Department interfered with the investigation and thwarted some of the actions they were ready to take based on several leads.
According to Ziegler, Hunter's tax accountant said the 2017 and 2018 tax liabilities were "discussed with Hunter Biden on February 11, 2020, and that he elected to not remit the tax payments because he did not have the resources to pay them."
"It is noted that the month prior to this, Morris made a $160,000 tax payment, in an attempt to pay off Hunter Biden’s delinquent 2015 tax debt, which was a point of contention with Hunter’s ex-wife at the time," he said. "Hunter may have been in breach of his marital separation agreement and Hunter’s ex-wife at the time was having an issue renewing her passport due to the delinquent tax debt."
Ziegler also provided an example of how Hunter's foreign business activity with Ukrainian energy company Burisma could be linked to his father.
He shared that Vadym Pozharskyi, advisor to the Burisma Board of Directors, sent an email to Hunter on April 17, 2015 where he thanks Hunter for the “opportunity to meet your father and spent (sp) some time together."
Despite this email message, Ziegler said investigators "were never given an opportunity to interview Joseph Biden to find out what they discussed at that meeting."
The whistleblower testimony took place as the House GOP plans to take a formal vote on opening an impeachment inquiry against Biden next week.
Following the closed door whistleblower testimony, the Ways and Means Committee announced Tuesday that it voted to "release 56 new pages of evidence showing that then-Vice President Joe Biden used multiple email aliases and private email addresses to communicate with his son’s business associate and main financial architect."
The private email and aliases are linked to communication with Hunter, according to the committee.
"The president appears now to not only have had knowledge but also been intimately involved in Hunter Biden’s business dealings," read a committee press release. "The material released today further corroborates the previous testimony of IRS agents Joseph Ziegler and Gary Shapley highlighting the incredible level of access Hunter Biden and his business partners had in Joe Biden’s public office while working for foreign businesses."
The uncovered emails include a message from Morris who expressed to a "Biden family accountant" that Hunter's unpaid taxes posed a “considerable risk personally and politically" and needed to be reconciled.