President Joe Biden’s Justice Department, FBI and IRS interfered in the Hunter Biden tax evasion investigation, two IRS whistleblowers said, according to testimony released by the House Ways and Means Committee.
The testimony of two IRS employees who worked directly on the tax evasion case of Hunter Biden revealed “misconduct and government abuse at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the investigation of Hunter Biden.”
“The allegations point to a steady campaign of: unequal treatment of enforcing tax law; Department of Justice (DOJ) 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,” the committee said.
The committee concluded that the federal government is “not treating all taxpayers the same” and provides “preferential treatment to the wealthy and well-connected,” including the president’s son.
“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. The preferential treatment Hunter Biden received would never have been granted to ordinary Americans,” Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) said in a statement.
“Whistleblowers describe how the Biden Justice Department intervened and overstepped in a campaign to protect the son of Joe Biden by delaying, divulging, and denying an ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden’s alleged tax crimes,” he continued. “The testimony shows tactics used by the Justice Department to delay the investigation long enough to reach the statute of limitations, evidence they divulged sensitive actions by the investigative team to Biden’s attorneys, and denied requests by the U.S. Attorney to bring charges against Biden.”
On Tuesday, the Justice Department said in court filings that Hunter Biden has agreed to plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors and reached a deal that will likely keep him out of prison for a felony gun charge.
A federal judge will have to approve the plea deal, and both prosecutors and Hunter Biden’s defense counsel requested a hearing for the president’s son to enter his plea.
The tax violations include failure to pay in 2017 and 2018, with the combined liability totaling about $1.2 million, people familiar with the deal said. Prosecutors will likely recommend probation for the violations, the sources added.
For the criminal gun charge, Hunter Biden “agreed to enter a Pretrial Diversion Agreement with respect to the firearm Information,” which will likely result in “declination of charges, dismissal or reduction of charges, or a more favorable recommendation at sentencing.”
Hunter Biden allegedly lied on a firearm background check form, responding “no” to the question: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Lying on ATF Form 4473 is a felony that can result in a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.