Republicans leading the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Hunter Biden say they were told by an FBI agent that Joe Biden’s transition team received a tip the night before Hunter’s interview with investigators.
The Committee is investigating whether officers 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 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.
The special agent, who worked in the FBI’s Wilmington field office, told committee staff in a transcribed interview Monday that Biden’s transition team received a tip the night before Hunter Biden’s planned interview.
“This was not the original plan of the career agents, which thwarted their investigative efforts because people found out they didn’t need to know,” the committee said.
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.
Gary Shapley has claimed that Hunter Biden received preferential treatment from the Justice Department when they investigated him for tax fraud and gun permit crimes.
James Comer, Republican of Kentucky, chairs the House Oversight Committee
The House Oversight Committee, headed by James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, said the FBI agent’s testimony was shocking.
They said Biden’s transition team received advance warning that Hunter Biden was about to be interviewed regarding his tax matters and gun charge, and Hunter later refused to speak to them.
He was charged with possessing a firearm, a Colt Cobra .38 Special, for 11 days in October 2018 despite knowing he was using drugs.
Last month, Hunter agreed to a plea deal on both separate charges and will appear in court later this month.
“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.”
Joe Biden is seen with his son, Hunter, on June 24. The president has always said, when asked about Hunter, that he is proud of him.
A Democratic source told DailyMail.com that the FBI agent’s complaint was neither surprising nor revealing, as FBI agents often disagreed with Justice Department decisions.
“Based on a decade of experience with the Delaware US Attorney’s Office, the FBI agent never met the Assistant US Attorneys in the office or US Attorney Weiss to allow political considerations to influence his prosecution decisions in any case.” said the source.
The FBI agent acknowledged that it is routine for FBI agents and DOJ prosecutors to disagree on investigative steps and prosecution decisions, and in his 20-year career, he has witnessed this happen frequently.
“The FBI agent expressed that in determining whether to seek a warrant, it is appropriate for prosecutors to consider additional considerations beyond whether probable cause exists when executing certain search warrants involving political figures, attorneys, or increasing sensitivities of the year election, in accordance with Department of Justice policy.
Joe Biden, when asked about his son, repeatedly replies that he is proud of him and his efforts to overcome his drug addiction.