The allegations appeared Wednesday in a letter that the agent’s lawyer, Mark Lytle, sent to leaders of both parties in Congress. Though the letter only says the agent is overseeing the “ongoing and sensitive investigation of a high-profile, controversial subject,” sources confirmed to The Wall Street Journal the investigation into Hunter Biden is the focus of the matter.
The letter identifies the client as an “IRS criminal supervisory special agent” who has already made “legally protected disclosures internally at the IRS, through counsel to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and to the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General.” Now this IRS agent wants to make protected whistleblower disclosures to Congress despite “serious risks of retaliation,” the letter says.
Disclosures made to the government watchdogs “contradict sworn testimony to Congress by a senior political appointee,” “involve failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition of the case,” and “detail examples of preferential treatment and politics improperly infecting decisions and protocols that would normally be followed by career law enforcement professionals in similar circumstances if the subject were not politically connected,” according to the letter.
The letter adds: “Some of the protected disclosures contain information that is restricted by statute from unauthorized disclosure to protect taxpayer and tax return information.”
The criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, the adult son of President Joe Biden, is being led by Delaware’s U.S. Attorney David Weiss. FBI and IRS investigators have been looking into his foreign business dealings, tax affairs, and more. The Washington Post reported in October that federal agents believed they had sufficient evidence to charge the younger Biden with tax crimes and a false statement related to a gun purchase, but a decision to file charges would be left up to Weiss.
Hunter Biden, who revealed the existence of that years-long inquiry only after the 2020 election, has said he expects to be cleared of wrongdoing.
Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke briefly about the inquiry during congressional testimony early last month. “I pledged not to interfere with that investigation and I have carried through on my pledge,” Garland testified under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Republicans in Congress are conducting their own investigations into the Biden family, raising concerns about corruption extending beyond Hunter, while Democrats have generally dismissed their efforts as politically motivated. On the House side, the Oversight Committee has gained access to suspicious activity reports (SARs), which financial institutions can use to flag possible criminal behavior, for members of the Biden family and their associates’ business transactions.
In a statement reported by CBS News in response to the IRS whistleblower letter, House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) said the Biden administration “may be obstructing justice by blocking efforts to charge Hunter Biden for tax violations.”