FBI agent who investigated Hunter Biden confirms IRS whistleblower’s allegations in ‘disgusting testimony’ revealing ‘how far the Justice Department is willing to go to cover up for the Bidens,’ GOP claims
Republicans leading the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Hunter Biden say an FBI agent has confirmed allegations that Hunter had received favorable treatment from investigators.
The Committee is investigating whether investigators who delved into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs and his lie about drug use on a gun permit gave the 53-year-old man preferential treatment.
Two IRS whistleblowers, one anonymous and the other named Gary Shapley, have publicly claimed that Hunter Biden was treated more leniently than ordinary Americans.
On Monday, the Committee said in a lengthy tweet that an FBI agent who worked on the case agreed with Shapley that Hunter received favorable treatment.
“The agent’s testimony is sickening and reveals the lengths the DOJ is willing to go to cover up for the Bidens,” the Committee tweeted.
Democrats were quick to dismiss the agent’s claim, saying it was common for the FBI and the Justice Department to disagree on how to proceed with an investigation.
Hunter Biden, seen on July 4, has been investigated for his tax affairs and a gun permit, in which he claimed he did not use drugs.
Shapley and her colleague said there had been a pattern of “slow investigative steps” and delays in enforcement actions in the months leading up to the 2020 election, won by Joe Biden.
It is not clear if the conflict they describe amounts to an internal disagreement about how to proceed with the investigation or a pattern of interference and preferential treatment.
Department policy has long warned prosecutors to be careful when charging cases with potential political overtones at the time of an election, to avoid influencing the outcome.
Shapley will testify before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
Shapley has already told the House Ways and Means Committee that U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who oversaw the Hunter Biden investigation for years, said he doesn’t make the final decision on the charges.
Weiss, according to Shapley, also said that he had been denied the authority of special counsel.
But Weiss denied Shapley’s claims, saying he was given free rein to do whatever he wanted and never sought special attorney powers.
The House Oversight Committee, headed by James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, said the FBI agent’s testimony was shocking.
“Today, our committee staff conducted a transcribed interview with a former FBI supervisory special agent assigned to the FBI Wilmington office and the criminal investigation of Biden,” the committee tweeted.
‘The agent CONFIRMED key parts of the IRS whistleblower testimony, including that both Secret Service headquarters and the Biden transition team were INFORMED about Hunter Biden’s planned interview.
‘In fact, on the day of Hunter Biden’s interview, FEDERAL AGENTS WERE TOLD TO WAIT AND STAY AWAY FROM HUNTER BIDEN; they had to wait for his call. As a result of the change in plans, IRS and FBI criminal investigators were never able to interview Hunter Biden as part of the investigation.
The former FBI supervisory special agent told committee investigators he had never been told to wait outside to be contacted by the subject of an investigation.
“The agent’s testimony is sickening and reveals the lengths the Justice Department is willing to go to cover up for the Bidens. The Oversight Committee, along with @JudiciaryGOP and @WaysandMeansGOP, will continue to seek the answers, transparency, and accountability that the American people demand and deserve.”