Second IRS whistleblower backs up claims of DOJ improprieties during Hunter Biden investigation

The second whistleblower testified to the committee on June 1 and largely corroborated Shapley's claims.

Published: June 22, 2023 3:37pm

A second IRS agent who worked on the Hunter Biden investigation has corroborated many of the claims of Department of Justice improprieties and investigative constraints hampering the federal case against the first son.

Biden reached a plea deal with the DOJ this week to plead guilty to two tax crimes and admit to a gun violation that may be dismissed. The DOJ is recommending that he receive no jail time, though a Trump-appointed judge will have the final say on the matter.

IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley previously came forward, alleging that federal prosecutors engaged in "preferential treatment and politics" to prevent charges from being brought against Hunter. Shapley subsequently testified to the House Committee on Ways and Means on May 26 to explain his concerns in detail. Just the News has obtained the transcript of that interview.

The second whistleblower, who remains anonymous, was a subordinate of Shapley and one of the IRS criminal investigators participating in the investigation. He and entire team of IRS agents were removed from the case after Shapley brought forward his whistleblower claims. Shapley's attorneys informed Congress in mid-May that the DOJ had removed the team in what they deemed an act of retaliation.

The second whistleblower testified to the committee on June 1 and largely corroborated Shapley's claims, whose testimony appeared to undercut a statement from Attorney General Merrick Garland, who indicated that U.S. Attorney David Weiss had free rein to pursue charges against Hunter Biden.

"While the impression was that the U.S. Attorney in Delaware has essentially the powers of special counsel in this case, free rein to do as needed, as is clearly shown, this was not the case," the IRS agent told the committee. "The U.S. Attorney in Delaware in our investigation was constantly hamstrung, limited, and marginalized by DOJ officials as well as other U.S. Attorneys."

This individual first became known when a letter he wrote to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel following the purge of the team was included in a whistleblower package that Shapley provided to Congress and the Office of Special Counsel. That letter outlined Shapley and the second whistleblower's extensive efforts to inform IRS leadership of the investigations issues and their unwillingness to address concerns.

The whistleblower package sent to Congress from Shapley's attorneys that included the letter also addressed the agency's response to it, in which a superior admonished the unnamed whistleblower for breaking the chain of command and suggested he may have illegally disclosed grand jury information to Werfel.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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