Hunter Biden’s lawyer sent a searing letter Friday to the Republican chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, slamming him for releasing the testimony of two IRS whistleblowers.
Hunter’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, called out the timing of the release – two days after the news broke that the first son inked a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney from Delaware on tax and gun charges.
He also blasted the committee for tweeting out mocked-up WhatsApp messages, which are ‘complete fakes,’ Lowell said.
Lowell was referring to a threatening message Hunter allegedly sent to a Chinese associate demanding money. In it, he said that his father Joe was ‘sitting next to him.’
Among Lowell’s scathing allegations was that IRS whistleblowers had an ‘ax to grind’ when they came forward with their bombshell testimonies.
The letter comes as Republicans accuse the Department of Justice of giving Hunter preferential treatment in their criminal probe and vow to dig deeper into bribery claims involving the first family.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer sent a scathing letter Friday to the Republican chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, slamming him for releasing the testimony of two IRS whistleblowers
Hunter’s lawyer Abbe Lowell lashed out at Republicans for creating this graphic of an alleged WhatsApp message between the first son and a Chinese business associate
‘Releasing the transcripts of and exhibits from interviews of self-styled IRS “whistleblowers” who may be claiming that title in an attempt to evade their misconduct was an obvious ploy to feed the misinformation campaign to harm our client, Hunter Biden, as a vehicle to attack his father,’ Lowell told Chairman Jason Smith.
Smith hit back with a statement saying it was ‘little surprise’ Hunter’s attorney was ‘attempting to chill our investigation and discredit the whistleblowers who say they have already faced retaliation from the IRS and the Department of Justice.’
‘It (the letter) doesn’t even address concerns that counsel for Mr. Biden was regularly tipped off about potential warrants and raids in pursuit of evidence that implicated him, as well as his father,’ Smith added.
In the letter, obtained by Axios, Lowell said House Republicans had shown an ‘obsession with attacking the Biden family’ since taking over the majority in January.
Lowell charged that the interviews with the ‘whistleblowers’ were ‘orchestrated recitations of mischaracterized and incomplete “facts” by disgruntled agents who believed they knew better than the federal prosecutors who had all the evidence as they conducted their five-year investigation of Mr. Biden.’
He said the House Republicans’ decision to release the information violated ‘the spirit, if not the letter, of the tax laws and federal rules governing investigations,’ going on to say that the whistleblowers had bias and an axe to grind’ and yet GOP interviewers did nothing to suss that out.
Instead, they ‘choreographed the dissemination of incomplete half-truths, distortions, and totally unnecessary details about Mr. Biden.’
One such example Lowell pointed to was Hunter’s relations with prostitutes.
Lowell then sassed at Smith saying, ‘disclosure to Congress is not the same as disclosure to Fox News.’
Hunter’s lawyer remarked on the timing of the release, saying it did ‘not seem innocent,’ pointing to the news of the plea deal that preceded last Thursday’s Ways & Means whistleblower press conference.
‘To any objective eye, your actions were intended to improperly undermine the judicial proceedings that have been scheduled in the case,’ Lowell said. ‘Your release of this selective set of false allegations was an attempt to score a headline in a news cycle – full facts be damned.’
‘We all know the adage: an allegation gets page one attention, while the explanation or exoneration never gets coverage at all or is buried on page 10. This letter is an attempt to make sure the response is found,’ the lawyer continued.
Lowell also pointed out how many Republicans were involved in Hunter’s case – asking how it would be possible for them to all want the Democratic president’s son to get special treatment.
‘How could you believe the agents’ stories at face value when it would make no sense for Republican-appointed and career prosecutors to turn away from any wrongdoing committed by Mr. Biden?’ he asked.
‘Your report fails to note, for example, that the investigation you and your Republican colleagues have focused on began during the Republican Trump Administration, supervised by two Republican Attorneys General, carried forward by a hold-over Republican U.S. Attorney, and pursued and reviewed by career and experienced attorneys. What possible motive would any of these people have to ignore proper evidence and fail to bring proper charges if those were warranted?’ Lowell mused.
‘And, critically, what reason would Attorney General Garland – a former prosecutor, advisor to Justice Department officials, and federal judge with an impeccable reputation for honesty and integrity – have to lie about the authority that he provided the U.S. Attorney in Delaware?’ the lawyer asked.
Lowell also accused Republicans of using troubled Hunter as a vehicle to attack his father
The letter comes as Republicans accuse the Department of Justice of giving Hunter preferential treatment in their criminal probe and vow to dig deeper into bribery claims involving the first family
Lowell also gave an explanation for the most damning piece of evidence from the IRS whistleblowers – a WhatsApp message that suggests the president was involved in his son’s foreign business deals.
Lowell said that ‘President Biden and our client were not together that day, the company being referenced was not CEFC but Harvest Financial Group (with a person who also had the initial “Z”), and that no transaction actually occurred.’
The recipient of the message was originally identified as Communist Party member Henry Zhao.
‘More important, your own actions call into question the authenticity of that communication and your subsequent use of it. The agent only described one message, but you took that purported text and disseminated images of it on June 22 and June 24 in two Twitter postings,’ Lowell went on.
He also pointed out how the ‘screen-grab images you posted’ were the wrong color to be WhatsApp messages and how committee staff added a photo of Hunter, which was from 2022, not 2017, and used the Chinese flag to illustrate the recipient – ‘when surely that was not how a text or contact was kept.’
‘Many media articles confirm that data purported to have come from Mr. Biden’s devices has been altered or manipulated,’ Lowell said. ‘‘You, or someone else, did that again,’ he charged.
‘All of the misstatements about this communication and your use of a false text are good examples of how providing one-sided, untested, and slanted information leads to improper conclusions,’ the lawyer added.