As criticism of the plea agreement reportedly reached to resolve criminal allegations against Hunter Biden continues to mount, two whistleblowers from the IRS have stepped forward to claim that the Justice Department engaged in blatant interference in the probe to the first son's benefit, as the Daily Wire reports.
The accusations were detailed by Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) in a Thursday press conference and will likely prompt additional scrutiny into what is already viewed as a highly controversial end to a protracted investigation.
A press release issued by the House Committee on Ways and Means indicated that an executive meeting of members of the panel “resulted in a vote to release to the public whistleblower testimony of two different IRS employees who worked directly on the tax evasion case of Hunter Biden.”
In the wake of word that Biden will not serve jail time as a result of his plea of guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts and his participation in a diversionary program related to a gun charge, the committee determined it necessary to inform Americans of “misconduct and government abuse at the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
“The American people deserve to know that when it comes to criminal enforcement, they are not on the same playing field as the wealthy and politically connected class,” Smith said.
The whistleblowers' revelations, according to the release, “point to a steady campaign of: unequal treatment of enforcing tax law; Department of Justice interference in the form of delays, divulgences, and denials, into the investigation of tax crimes that may have been committed by the president's son; and finally, retaliation against IRS employees who blew the whistle on the misconduct.”
Among the most damning claims leveled by the whistleblowers is the allegation that U.S. Attorney David Weiss, tasked with overseeing the probe for several years, attempted to bring charges against the president's son on two separate occasions in two different jurisdictions, but was denied approval to do so by the DOJ.
It is also alleged that Weiss pushed to be granted special counsel authority in the case, but that request was also declined.
Despite the fact that former President Donald Trump's Florida home was raided by the FBI last summer, the IRS whistleblowers said that a proposed search of Joe Biden's guest house – suspected to contain evidence of Hunter's crimes – was also denied, with U.S. attorney Lesley Wolf reportedly stating that “there is no way” a warrant for such an operation would be granted.
It is further alleged that lawyers for Hunter Biden were given advance notice that the IRS believed there was probable cause to search their client's storage unit, affording the first son the ability to remove potential evidence from the premises.
Whistleblowers also contend that Hunter Biden attempted to claim unlawful tax deductions in amounts exceeding $100,000 for payments he made for membership in a sex club and for services rendered by a prostitute, according to the Washington Examiner.
Adding to their claims of internal corruption plaguing probes of Hunter Biden, the whistleblowers state that IRS employees who put a spotlight on the irregularities suffered blatant retaliation, contrary to assurances made to Congress by the agency's commissioner, Danny Werfel.
Smith further notes that IRS officials made a recommendation that Hunter Biden face charges including counts of tax evasion, tax fraud, and making false statements in relation to his failure to pay taxes on more than $8.3 million in income, but in the end, he was permitted to reach a deal that will spare him any time behind bars, a vastly different outcome from the one experienced by similarly situated defendant referenced by the congressman.
The Republican lawmaker expressed his hope that “we can find a path forward to continue to go where the facts lead us” and added that the “scales of justice must not be skewed in favor of the wealthy and politically connected,” but in light of this week's events, that is a conclusion that seems sadly inescapable in the eyes of millions.