The IRS whistleblower who claims the Department of Justice interfered with the IRS’s investigation of Hunter Biden has broken his silence, and what he has to say could be devastating for President Joe Biden.
Gary Shapley, an IRS employee for the past 14 years, told CBS News on Wednesday that federal prosecutors were giving the president’s son preferential treatment.
“When I took control of this particular investigation, I immediately saw it was way outside the norm of what I’ve experienced in the past,” he said.
In addition, he expressed dissatisfaction with the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office’s progress in the case.
“There were multiple steps that were slow-walked — were just completely not done — at the direction of the Department of Justice,” the whistleblower said.
“These deviations from the process,” he said, “seemed to always benefit the subject.”
“It just got to that point where that switch was turned on. And I just couldn’t silence my conscience anymore,” he said.
The CBS News report stated.
Last month, one of Shapley’s attorneys, Mark Lytle, wrote to Congress requesting legal protections for his client, who was maintaining his anonymity at the time. As a result, the existence of a whistleblower within the Hunter Biden investigation became public knowledge. Without these safeguards, according to Shapley, he cannot discuss any aspect of a taxpayer investigation, including the subject’s identity, without violating tax secrecy laws.
On Friday, Shapley is scheduled to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee, but his testimony will be closed to the public.
CBS News has obtained a letter sent by Shapley’s counsel to the Office of the Special Counsel, a federal agency that assists government whistleblowers, last week. The letter alleges “irregularities” in the Department of Justice’s management of the case and references a “charged meeting” between Shapley’s team and Justice Department prosecutors in October. According to the letter, Shapley’s team was effectively omitted from the investigation following this meeting. Shapley would not confirm whether or not he informed prosecutors of his concerns, but he did admit that the incident prompted him to tip the whistle.
This month, the FBI ignored a subpoena issued by a Republican-led House committee regarding allegations that Joe Biden accepted bribes as vice president.
James Comer (R-Kentucky), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, issued the subpoena requesting a file on an informant who purportedly supplied the information.
The letter was also sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray. On May 3, Comer served a subpoena demanding that the FBI disclose a file by noon the following day, along with a letter that was also sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
However, the agency did not comply with the subpoena and instead sent a six-page letter explaining why they were unable to provide the requested document.
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
“This letter responds to your subpoena, authorized on May 3, 2023, demanding the production of documents within one week. As this was your first communication with the FBI seeking this information, please know that the FBI is committed to beginning the constitutionally mandated accommodation process,” the response letter from FBI acting assistant director for congressional affairs Christopher Dunham, who went on to argue that informant reports have to be kept private in order to protect sources. CONTINUE READING…