Hunter Biden sued the Internal Revenue Service for claiming claims agents illegally released his tax returns.
President Joe Biden’s son claims the agency violated his privacy by illegally releasing his records to members of Congress and the media.
The lawsuit was filed days in a Washington, D.C., federal court after he was charged with three federal firearms charges for allegedly purchasing a gun while he was a drug addict.
Hunter Biden sued the Internal Revenue Service for claiming claims agents illegally released his tax returns
He is seeking all records involving the disclosure of his tax information, $1,000 for each unauthorized disclosure and attorney’s fees.
Hunter Biden’s lawsuit says that while he has “all the same responsibilities as any other American citizen,” he also “has no fewer rights than any other American citizen, and no agency government or government agent has carte blanche to simply violate their rights.” because of who he is.
His lawsuit targets the two IRS agents-turned-whistleblowers, charging when they went to Congress and the media about alleged mishandling of Hunter’s tax investigation by Justice Department officials, they have disclosed information about the investigation and Biden’s taxes, which the law aims to preserve. secret.
The lawsuit does not name the two IRS agents but focuses on disclosures made by Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler and their attorneys in public statements, congressional testimony and interviews.
Shapley, in interviews, claimed he was repeatedly prevented from taking necessary — and routine — action in Hunter’s case.
He said conduct uncovered during the five-year investigation could have also implicated President Joe Biden and led to additional charges, and claimed the roadblocks were happening even during the Trump years.
“There were certain investigative steps that we were not authorized to take that could have led us to President Biden,” Shapley said, adding that his IRS team “had to take (those steps) and we We weren’t allowed to take it. them.’
Shapley, who worked for the agency for 14 years, helped oversee the investigation into the president’s son and is raising questions about alleged special treatment throughout the investigation.
Hunter is currently under investigation by Donald Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss. Weiss was granted special advisor status.
Attorneys for Weiss and Hunter reached a plea deal in July calling for the president’s son to plead guilty in Delaware federal court to two misdemeanor counts of failure to pay his taxes in exchange for recommended probation by prosecutors.
The plea deal, which Republicans called a “sweetheart deal,” collapsed in a Delaware courtroom when the presiding judge began questioning some of its details, including one that would protect theoretically Hunter Biden of other tax-related crimes during the same period. .
Prosecutors said no. Hunter’s lawyers said that would be the case. The deal collapsed.
IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley, left, and IRS Criminal Investigator Joseph Ziegler, were sworn in during a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing in July.
Hunter Biden with his father Joe Biden in 2016
Last week, Weiss announced three federal charges against Hunter related to the president’s son’s 2018 purchase of a gun.
In the charges, two counts accuse Hunter Biden of filling out a form indicating he was not using illegal drugs when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018. The third count alleges he possessed a firearm while using a narcotic.
Hunter, in his memoir, revealed that he relapsed into drug and alcohol addiction after his brother Beau died from brain cancer in 2015.
His lawyer, Father Lowell, said Hunter was not on drugs at the time he bought the gun.
“If you want to be specific, then be specific. If the form asks if you are a drug user on the day you purchase a firearm, that is a problem. If it says you’ve used drugs before, that’s a problem. It will play out in court,” he told ABC News last week.
The accusations came the same week that House Republicans opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden for his alleged ties to Hunter’s business dealings and are likely to have a long-term impact on his political career.
Two of the charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, while the third carries a maximum sentence of five years. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.