IRS Supervisory Special Agent-turned-whistleblower Gary Shapley’s legal team has issued a fiery response after Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit against him.
Hunter Biden’s lawsuit claims that both IRS whistleblowers Shapley and Joseph Ziegler had revealed confidential information about his taxes in public interviews and statements after they came forward to blow the whistle on the Biden administration’s concerning actions in their investigation of Hunter’s alleged tax fraud — including the fact that they weren’t allowed to ask questions about the involvement of President Joe Biden.
🚨BREAKING: IRS Whistleblower Gary Shapley says the total money tracked that Hunter Biden received from foreign business deals came to $8.3 million between 2014 and 2019 but they were prevented from asking questions about the involvement of Joe Biden — “The Big Guy” pic.twitter.com/yf4ojhMF4i
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The lawsuit claims that the whistleblowers’ comments were an attack on “Mr. Biden’s rights.”
According to the Washington Post, this supposed attack “involved the public disclosure of his confidential tax information during more than 20 nationally televised and non-congressionally sanctioned interviews and numerous public statements.”
The lawsuit further alleges that the whistleblower made “detailed allegations regarding the specific tax years under investigation, the amounts of deductions, the nature of those deductions, and allegations of liability regarding specific tax years and the amount thereof, that could only be known to them based on a review of the physical tax returns themselves.”
In their response to the lawsuit, Shapley’s attorneys argued that it was just a “frivolous smear” and an attempt to distract from Hunter Biden’s myriad legal issues.
“This suit against the IRS is just another frivolous smear by Biden family attorneys trying to turn people’s attention away from Hunter Biden’s own legal problems and intimidate any current and future whistleblowers,” the attorneys for Shapley wrote in their statement.
“The federal judge in Delaware who oversaw the aborted plea deal shot down similar claims against the whistleblowers after they exposed the secret backroom deal between Hunter Biden and the Department of Justice,” the statement continued, referring to a sweetheart plea deal reached between Hunter Biden’s team and Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss — which fell apart after U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika expressed concern about an immunity clause hidden in the agreement.
“Neither IRS SSA Gary Shapley nor his attorneys have ever released any confidential taxpayer information except through whistleblower disclosures authorized by statute. Once Congress released that testimony, like every American citizen, he has a right to discuss that public information,” Shapley’s attorneys asserted.
During their testimonies before Congress, Shapley and Ziegler exposed what they described as a double standard in the way that the IRS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) handled the Hunter Biden investigation — noting that they had been prevented from pursuing certain lines of questioning that could have implicated the president.
They also asserted that Hunter had been given favorable treatment — including being warned ahead of time when certain investigative actions were being taken, such as a search of his storage unit, allowing him to potentially remove evidence.
BREAKING: Bidens DOJ tipped off Hunter Biden about a search of his storage unit, wouldn’t allow a search of Bidens guest house, and delayed the investigation long enough for statute of limitations to expire!
According to the IRS whistleblowers who were investigating Hunter… pic.twitter.com/5f7WUVDEcw
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