Outrage as House Republicans seek answers from DOJ over 'whistleblower retaliation' in Hunter Biden probe

Outrage as House Republicans seek answers from DOJ over 'whistleblower retaliation' in Hunter Biden probe
House Republicans wrote letters to the DOJ and IRS in Hunter Biden probe (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC: In a move that has intensified the ongoing scrutiny surrounding President Joe Biden and his family, House Republicans leading the impeachment inquiry into the president have fired off letters to officials at the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The letters, issued on Tuesday, April 2, demand answers regarding what they describe as "serious allegations of whistleblower retaliation" aimed at two IRS agents involved in the investigation of President Biden's son, Hunter.

Potential Federal Investigation

The trio of Republican leaders behind the initiative, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-Ky), and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo), highlighted in their letters that the IRS whistleblowers themselves may now be under federal investigation.

IRS supervisory special agent Gary Shapley and special agent Joseph Ziegler had previously made protected disclosures to Congress last year, alleging that federal prosecutors were concealing significant evidence uncovered during the investigation into Hunter Biden's affairs.

In their correspondence addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel, and special counsel David Weiss, the Republican leaders stressed the imperative to halt any attempts at intimidating or retaliating against the whistleblowers.

“Any and all attempts to intimidate or retaliate against Mr. Shapley and Mr. Ziegler for their protected disclosures to Congress must stop,” they wrote.


They emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability, calling for the unredacted version of a March 11 court filing by Weiss' office, which indicated a potential ongoing investigation related to Hunter's case.

“The redacted portion of the Department’s brief is in a paragraph about guidance from the IRS on whistleblowing options distributed to IRS employees, ‘including Shapley and Ziegler,’ suggesting that the whistleblowers may be subjects of the purported ongoing investigation and that the IRS may be involved in it,” they said.

The Republican lawmakers also demanded the submission of all records potentially relevant to an internal investigation of the whistleblowers, aiming to shed light on the extent of involvement by the DOJ and IRS in what they describe as an "intimidation campaign."

This campaign, they allege, has been spearheaded by Hunter Biden's defense attorney, Abbe Lowell, who has accused Shapley and Ziegler of misconduct.

The imbroglio surrounding the investigation into Hunter Biden's activities extends back to last year when Shapley and Ziegler testified before Congress, alleging political interference in the probe.

They claimed that they were hindered from pursuing certain lines of questioning and were prevented from interviewing key individuals, including members of the Biden family. Moreover, they accused the Justice Department of tipping off Hunter Biden's legal team about planned investigative actions.


These allegations of interference prompted House Republicans to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. The inquiry focuses on whether Biden abused his power to shield his son from legal repercussions.

Notably, Hunter Biden was initially offered a probation-only plea agreement, which his legal team later abandoned over concerns that it would not protect him from further prosecution.

Subsequently, Hunter Biden was indicted on multiple charges, including tax evasion and lying on a background check form when purchasing a gun. Despite attempts by his defense team to dismiss the case, these motions were recently rejected by a federal judge. Hunter Biden is now scheduled to stand trial on both the tax and gun charges in June, the New York Post reported.

Socia Media Reactions

The House Republican initiative has sparked a wave of reactions on social media platforms. Many expressed outrage over the alleged whistleblower retaliation, with some accusing the DOJ of politicizing the justice system. Others criticized the perceived ineffectiveness of Republican efforts to address the issue.

"This regime cannot survive unless it silences or imprisons all who disagree with it," one posted on X.

"Actions speak louder than words," another wrote.

"Oh come on! DOJ is now gonna try to try and jail Biden whistleblowers. How in the tank can DOJ get? This is ultimate weaponizing of our justice dept. this must be STOPPED," someone else fumed.

"Good luck with that," a comment read.

"I can see another strongly worded letter coming from the Republicans," another quipped.










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