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Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf is a central figure in the investigation into Hunter Biden and is alleged to have stymied investigators and aided the Biden family.
Wolf is the subject of a letter Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, sent to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, David Weiss, on Sunday. Wolf worked directly beneath Weiss on the Department of Justice and IRS probe into Biden’s overseas business dealings and tax affairs.
In addition to other allegations about Wolf’s role in the probe, Grassley’s letter revealed an October 2020 briefing that Wolf allegedly received from the Department of Justice and FBI. The alleged briefing covered information the FBI obtained from a confidential human source alleging a foreign bribery scheme involving Biden and his father, President Joe Biden.
“[O]n October 23, 2020, Justice Department and FBI Special Agents from the Pittsburgh Field Office briefed Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf, one of your top prosecutors, and FBI Special Agents from the Baltimore Field Office with respect to the contents of the FBI-generated FD1023 alleging a criminal bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and Hunter Biden,” the letter states, citing information from “individuals aware of the meeting.”
“[H]owever, the meeting did not include any IRS agents,” it says. A pair of IRS whistleblowers – both are investigators who worked on the agency team investigating Hunter’s tax affairs – have stepped forward to Congress to allege that their investigation was hampered by Justice Department prosecutors, Wolf in particular.
Grassley’s Sunday letter requests information from the Justice Department on whether Wolf, alleged to have frustrated IRS investigators in multiple instances, blocked or played a part in blocking the investigation into the FD-1023, as well.
IRS supervisory agent Gary Shapley, who oversaw the IRS investigation into Hunter, and another unnamed IRS agent testified in a closed-door session to the House Ways and Means Committee. The agents alleged a series of conflicts of interest and questionable decisions by Weiss’s office and the Department of Justice that led to Hunter potentially getting a sweetheart deal and avoiding the worst of what the investigation turned up.
According to a plea deal that a judge has not yet approved, Hunter has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and enter a pretrial diversion program for a felony firearms violation. The firearms charge will be waived if he successfully completes the diversion program.
At several significant junctions in the investigation, Shapley and the unnamed IRS agent alleged that Wolf undercut or blocked IRS investigators. Shapley alleged that Wolf instructed him not to pursue veins of investigation that could implicate President Biden, including asking about the identity of the “Big Guy” referenced in an email found on Hunter’s laptop.
Shapley attempted to obtain a search warrant for a guest house owned by the president that Hunter was staying in. IRS agents had reason to believe that they would find more evidence concerning alleged corrupt dealings by Hunter that implicated the president. Wolf denied them pursuing the warrant.
Wolf “told us there was more than enough probable cause for the physical search warrant there, but the question was whether the juice was worth the squeeze,” Shapley told the Ways and Means Committee. She said, “there is no way we will get [the warrant] approved,” according to Shapley.
IRS agents later prepared another affidavit to search a storage unit in Virginia that they believed contained other evidence of Hunter’s dealings. “AUSA Wolf once again objected,” Shapley said. The IRS agents took their case to Weiss, who said they could raid the storage unit if it wasn’t accessed for 30 days.
“No sooner had we gotten off the call then we heard AUSA Wolf had simply reached out to Hunter Biden’s defense counsel and told him about the storage unit, once again ruining our chance to get to evidence before being destroyed, manipulated, or concealed,” Shapley said.
Wolf is a longtime assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, starting work as an assistant U.S. attorney in 2006. Before taking that position, Wolf was a clerk for a George H. W. Bush-appointed district court judge, Anita Brody. Wolf also spent time working for Ropes & Gray, one of the largest and most liberal law firms in the country, according to The Daily Caller.