Complete IRS Team Pulled From Hunter Biden Investigation
The complete IRS team that was working on the Hunter Biden tax evasion case has now been pulled from the investigation.
The Washington Examiner reported that the removal order came directly from the Department of Justice.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, last fall, news broke that President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, 52, could be facing federal charges on tax and gun crimes following an investigation. At the time, federal agents confirmed that they saw chargeable offenses in the tax and gun-purchasing case against Biden.
The probe into the younger Biden's activities originally began in 2018.
In March 2022, computer experts reviewed thousands of emails purportedly found on Biden’s computer and determined them to be authentic. However, the Biden investigation remained largely out of the news, replaced with public interest in multiple investigations into former President Donald Trump's conduct.
In April of last year, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said President Biden “is confident that his son didn’t break the law."
Then, just last month, a whistleblower claimed the entire Hunter Biden probe had been "botched" due to the younger Biden's political associations in Washington and beyond.
At the time, the unnamed whistleblower's legal counsel, attorney Mark Lytle, spoke to CBS's Jim Axelrod with details, "My client wants to come forward to Congress."
"He's ready to be questioned about what he knows and what he experienced under the proper legal protections," Lytle continued.
Now, Lytle and fellow attorney Tristan Leavitt are speaking out against the IRS and the Department of Justice. Per the Examiner's report, the duo wrote a letter that read, in part:
“ “Today the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent we represent was informed that he and his entire investigative team are being removed from the ongoing and sensitive investigation of the high-profile, controversial subject about which our client sought to make whistleblower disclosures to Congress." ”-
The lawyers also called the move "clearly retaliatory."
However, they noted that their client is still willing to provide federal officials "with information necessary to exercise your constitutional oversight function." The legal counselors requested that the matter be given prompt attention.
What do you think about this ongoing situation?
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