DOJ responsible for purging whistleblowers from Hunter’s Tax Probe
IRS CCommissioner Daniel Werfel told Congress that The Department of Justice (DOJ) has made the decision to purge an IRS whistleblower from the DOJ’s investigation into Hunter Biden, according to a letter sent to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Jason Smith (R-MO).
Werfel’s May 17 letter responded to Smith’s May 16 inquiry into concerns that a high-ranking IRS agent had faced retaliation for raising red flags about alleged political interference in Hunter Biden’s tax investigation.
Werfel said the decision to remove a whistleblower from the tax investigation was at the direction of the DOJ, confirming what a second IRS whistleblower alleged on Monday.
“The IRS whistleblower you are referring to alleges that the change in their work assignment came at the direction of the Department of Justice,” reads the letter, obtained by Fox News. “Generally and not in reference to any specific case, I think it’s important to emphasize that in any matter involving federal legal proceedings, the IRS follows the direction of the Department of Justice.”
Werfel has disavowed any potential role he played in the removal of the IRS whistleblowers in the case.
“I want to state unequivocally that I have not intervened – and will not intervene – in any way that would impact the status of a whistleblower,” Werfel said.
But Werfel also claimed he could not provide further details about the purge due to “ongoing proceedings” and absolved himself of continuing to investigate the incident.
“In light of laws and policies designed to protect the integrity of ongoing proceedings, I am unable to provide details on this,” he wrote.
When an IRS employee raises such allegations, the commissioner’s office does not investigate, seek the identity of the whistleblower, or take similar action; instead, the Inspector General serves as the essential gatekeeper of the whistleblower process and conducts relevant investigations into the matter.
A second IRS whistleblower in the DOJ’s investigation of Hunter Biden for tax evasion surfaced on Monday after the entire IRS team investigating the president’s son was expelled, documents sent to the President revealed. Congress.
Breitbart News reported:
The whistleblower, a special agent in the IRS’ International Tax and Financial Crimes Unit, joins his supervisor, who in April alleged that two Biden administration appointees in the Justice Department politically got in touch with each other. interfered in the investigation to block charges against Hunter Biden for tax violations against the recommendations. . The first whistleblower also claimed that Attorney General Merrick Garland refused to appoint a special prosecutor in the case to provide some separation between the investigation and President Joe Biden.
The two whistleblowers intend to participate in a blockbuster hearing on Friday before the House Ways and Means Committee.
The second IRS whistleblower alerted Congress after the DOJ allegedly ordered him, along with his entire team, removed from the case. The new whistleblower had been overseeing the investigation since January 2020 and leading 12 colleagues in the investigation.
The new whistleblower claimed management had ruled his team out of the case after becoming aware of “long-standing concerns” about the handling of the investigation. The concerns reportedly angered a redacted “US district attorney…”
David Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, appointed by the Trump administration, is the lead prosecutor in the case.
The whistleblower also alleged that the DOJ and the US Attorney’s Office were responsible for removing his team from the investigation.
In March, Garland told Congress that Weiss had the autonomy to recommend changes. Yet Biden’s attorney general also admitted that he alone has the authority to approve the charges.
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