By Steven Nelson April 19, 2023
WASHINGTON — An IRS whistleblower has informed Congress that he wants to come forward to reveal a coverup in the tax evasion investigation focused on first son Hunter Biden, according to a letter obtained by The Post.
A lawyer for the official told a group of congressional committee leaders Wednesday that he needs guidance on how to lawfully expose “preferential treatment” and false testimony to Congress by a “senior political appointee.”
The unnamed whistleblower is “a career IRS Criminal Supervisory Special Agent who has been overseeing the ongoing and sensitive investigation of a high-profile, controversial subject since early 2020,” attorney Mark Lytle wrote to nine members of Congress.
Although Hunter, 53, isn’t named in the letter, a congressional source confirmed the complaint pertains to the first son, who reportedly borrowed about $2 million last year to pay off a tax bill assessed on income earned overseas.
Lytle did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment, but in an interview with “CBS Evening News” said that his client has worked at the IRS for more than a decade and has extensive documentation.
“It really doesn’t come down to his credibility, whether you believe him or not,” Lytle said. “Because the things he’s been through are very well documented in emails, and other communications with the Department of Justice.”
The White House referred an inquiry to the IRS and the Justice Department, which did not immediately respond. Representatives of Hunter Biden also did not respond.
An IRS whistleblower claimed in a letter to Congress that there was a coverup of Hunter Biden’s alleged tax evasion at the agency.rian Lawless/PA Wire via ZUMA Press
Lytle addressed his Wednesday letter to the top Republican and Democratic members on the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and on the House Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees, in addition to whistleblower caucus co-chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
“Despite serious risks of retaliation, my client is offering to provide you with information necessary to exercise your constitutional oversight function and wishes to make the disclosures in a non-partisan manner to the leadership of the relevant committees on both sides of the political aisle,” Lytle wrote.
“My client has already made legally protected disclosures internally at the IRS, through counsel to the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and to the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General. The protected disclosures: (1) contradict sworn testimony to Congress by a senior political appointee, (2) involve failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition of the case, and (3) detail examples of preferential treatment and politics improperly infecting decisions and protocols that would normally be followed by career law enforcement professionals in similar circumstances if the subject were not politically connected.”
The bombshell allegations have yet to be fleshed out by congressional investigators, but come as Republicans probe President Biden’s role in Hunter and first brother James Biden’s foreign business dealings dating to their powerful relative’s vice presidency.
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