SECOND Hunter Biden IRS whistleblower comes forward after being removed from tax probe
A new IRS whistleblower working on the criminal tax probe involving Hunter Biden says the DOJ passed him over for a promotion and removed him from the investigation for flagging alleged favorable treatment given to the president’s son.
The case agent, who has not been identified, says he was fired last week without any explanation after working on the Hunter Biden investigation since 2018, according to documents sent to congressional leaders obtained by DailyMail.com Monday.
This is the second whistleblower to come forward in recent days on the matter. According to documents, he informed Congress last week about backlash he suffered for acting as a whistleblower and alleged unfair retaliatory treatment.
He sent an email last Thursday to senior IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel and several other officials alleging that he was ousted for raising concerns that the Justice Department was ‘acting inappropriately’ in its handling of the investigation into the president’s son.
His complaint comes days after the Justice Department removed the entire team probing Hunter Biden’s tax returns, according to attorneys representing an initial supervisory whistleblower.
An IRS agent working on criminal tax probe involving Hunter Biden says the DOJ passed him over for a promotion and removed him from the investigation for flagging alleged favorable treatment given to the president’s son
That removal allegedly came ‘in retaliation against a whistleblower who alleged his colleagues were covering-up the president’s son’s financial crimes.’
In a letter to heads of several House and Senate committee chairs Monday, the still-anonymous agent’s lawyers Mark Lytle and Tristan Leavitt claim that Washington has not done anything “to help protect our client and other IRS employees” from facing further reprisal.
‘Furthermore, our client has become aware that the case agent on the case, which our client supervises, also sent a protected disclosure directly to IRS Commissioner Werfel this week,’ the attorneys state in their Monday letter to members of Congress.
‘The IRS responded by raising the baseless and absurd prospect that his email to the Commissioner may have violated Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e) restrictions on disclosing grand jury proceedings. It didn’t. The email simply raised reasonable, good faith concerns to his chain of command, including Commissioner Werfel, about the removal of an entire investigative team from the case—which some of them have worked diligently for almost five years—before it has been resolved,’ the letter to congressional leaders states.
The lawyers said they have formally filed a ‘prohibited personnel practice complaint’ with the Office of Special Counsel.
The DOJ declined to comment on the whistleblower allegations Tuesday.
The initial supervisory agent made his complaint after IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel told Congress in late April that his agency would not retaliate against whistleblowers.
Lytle and Leavitt also wrote a pointed letter to Werfel over the weekend demanding an explanation for the unjustified firings.
They wrote Werfel that after informing Congress, ‘The IRS has inexplicably decided to initiate additional reprisals against these special agents, apparently for a protected disclosure directly to you. This is unacceptable and contrary to the law, which clearly prohibits it.
‘It was our understanding that although the IRS executed the reprisal, it did so on behalf of DOJ officials who had the motive to retaliate because it was the propriety of their own actions that had been called into question by the protected disclosures,’ they added .
Lytle and Leavitt claim that Werfel’s office responded ‘with accusations of criminal conduct and warnings to other agents in an apparent attempt to intimidate into silence anyone who might raise similar concerns.’
The attorneys demanded the agency stop ‘intimidating’ whistleblowers.
The anonymous agent’s attorneys, Mark Lytle and Tristan Leavitt, wrote a pointed note to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel (pictured) on Saturday demanding an explanation for the moves.
Hunter’s business dealings have been under the microscope since a series of leaked emails sparked suspicions that he was using his political connections to land lucrative consulting contracts.
‘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.
‘He was informed the change was at the request of the Department of Justice,’ Lytle and Leavitt wrote.
That whistleblower did not publicly identify Hunter as the subject of his coverup claims, but Congressional sources did.
‘On April 27, 2023, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel appeared before the House Committee on Ways and Means.
‘He testified: ‘I can say without any hesitation there will be no retaliation for anyone making an allegation or a call to a whistleblower hotline.’
‘However, this move is clearly retaliatory and may also constitute obstruction of a congressional inquiry,’ the lawyers said.
‘Our client has a right to make disclosures to Congress … He is protected by 5 USC § 2302 from retributory personnel actions – including receiving a ‘significant change in duties, responsibilities, or working conditions’ (which this clearly is) because of his disclosures to Congress.
‘Any attempt by any government official to prevent a federal employee from furnishing information to Congress is also a direct violation of longstanding appropriations restriction.
‘Furthermore, 18 USC § 1505 makes it a crime to obstruct an investigation by Congress,’ Lytle and Leavitt wrote.
‘We respectfully request that you give this matter your prompt attention. Removing the experienced investigators who have worked this case for years and are now the subject-matter experts is exactly the sort of issue our client intended to blow the whistle on to begin with.’
Hunter Biden still waits to find out if he will be charged with tax fraud as corruption claims pile up against his family.
His legal team met with Department of Justice officials on April 26 in a sign that a decision is forthcoming on whether he will face criminal charges.
The 53-year-old denies exploiting his family connections in order to win contracts abroad
Leaked files from Hunter Biden’s laptop contained a series of lewd photos as well as emails about his business deals.
The probe will look at whether the consultant dodged taxes, laundered money and lied about past drug use to buy a gun.
There is understood to be ‘growing frustration’ within the FBI over the fact that Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, who is supervising the case, had not yet brought charges after the bureau concluded most of its work last year.
The White House has repeatedly denied interfering in the case.
Republican lawmakers are currently probing how ten family members of Joe Biden raked in over $10 million from foreign nationals around the time he was Obama’s deputy.
Those who benefited included Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow and Hunter Biden’s one-time girlfriend, Hunter Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle.
Hunter Biden’s current wife Melissa Cohen Biden, Biden’s brother James and his wife Sarah, and the grandchildren and nieces and nephews of Joe Biden are also alleged to have received payments.
Joe Biden met with relatives’ business associates on many occasions — including those from China, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine — and House Republicans allege that Biden family members offered no legitimate business services and were merely selling access to the upper reaches of US government. .
After his father took office as president and promised no further family conflicts of interest abroad, Hunter launched an art career seeking as much as $500,000 for his novice works.
Hunter’s membership on the board of a Ukrainian energy company also raised suspicions of influence-peddling.
He and the president’s sister Valerie Biden Owens traveled on Air Force One on the commander-in-chief’s recent visit to Ireland.
Hunter Biden was pictured arriving at a Batesville, Arkansas courthouse earlier this month
Photo of laptop computer reportedly owned by Hunter Biden
Biden recently appeared before a judge in Arkansas in a paternity case filed by a former fling, Lunden Roberts.
Hunter will also have to submit to a deposition in June in which Roberts’ lawyers will likely grill him about his various businesses and shady overseas ventures.
Hunter Biden’s laptop also included a series of lewd photos and a webcam video of the 53-year-old that portrayed his struggles with flatulence.
They’ll also want to know Hunter’s finances have cratered while he’s selling paintings for up to $500,000 a piece under his new guise as an abstract artist.
Roberts, a former stripper, won a reported $2.5 million settlement from Hunter after taking him to court in 2019.
She also forced the ex-Navy reservist, booted out of the military in 2014 for testing positive for cocaine, to take a DNA test to prove he fathered their daughter, Navy Joan, during their 2017 fling.
Roberts’s lawyers say Hunter Biden has not provided ‘a single item or word of discovery’ in their ongoing child support lawsuit.