Ex-FBI Agent Says IRS Whistleblower Was Right, Bidens Were Tipped Off During Investigation
Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, during a state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted by US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, June 22, 2023. Biden and Modi announced a series of defense and commercial deals designed to improve military and economic ties between their nations during a state visit today. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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A former FBI agent who worked on the investigation into Hunter Biden has corroborated a major claim made by whistleblower and IRS supervisory special agent Gary Shapley.

The unnamed retired FBI supervisory special agent testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability in a closed-door session on July 17. The committee released the 65-page transcript of that testimony on Monday.

The ex-agent backed up allegations made by Shapley that President Joe Biden’s transition team was tipped off about the FBI’s intent to interview Hunter. The agent said he was notified the evening before the date of the expected interview – planned to be held on December 8, 2020 – that the Biden transition team had been warned.

“I was refreshed by the testimony of supervisor No. 2, and I believe he’s correct. I believe I – you know, and now getting into the frame of mind, I know I was upset when I learned about it,” the agent told lawmakers.

In addition to the transition team, the Secret Service, which at that time had a detail guarding Hunter, was also warned. The former agent said that, while he believed the Secret Service was going to be told the morning of the interview, warning the Secret Service that the FBI intended to interview Hunter was justifiable.

When asked why he had been upset, the former agent clarified: “I felt it was people that did not need to know about our intent.” The former agent was not able to recall who specifically was told on the Biden transition team.

The former agent said that he and Shapley were later instructed to wait for a phone call from Hunter Biden to conduct the interview, but that phone call never came and the interview never happened.

Two IRS agents who worked with the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the junior Biden’s finances and overseas business dealings have alleged that politics infected the investigation through the DOJ.


Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, the lead case agent on the Hunter Biden case and a 13-year veteran of the IRS, testified about their concerns to the House Oversight Committee in July.

“I have witnessed the corrosion of ethical standards and the abuse of power that threaten our nation. It is within this context that I have chosen to shed light on these actions and expose those responsible. I recognize that while I was present at the start of this investigation and was closely involved with the investigation for roughly five years —  that I am just a part of the story,” Ziegler testified at the time. “My aim is to address systemic problems that have allowed misconduct to flourish. It is not a call for blame but a call for accountability and reform.”

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