Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland finds himself at the center of a controversial scandal as an IRS whistleblower alleges that he intentionally misled Congress in his testimony. A longtime IRS employee, the whistleblower claims that Garland’s testimony did not reflect the truth about the Hunter Biden criminal investigation and may have provided “preferential treatment.”
Through attorney Mark Lytle, the still-unidentified whistleblower has made disclosures to the general of the Treasury and Justice departments’ inspectors. However, federal law requires employees to seek congressional approval to discuss the allegations with their lawyers fully. This comes after Garland has consistently asserted that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss can criminally charge Hunter Biden without requiring other Justice Department leaders’ permission.
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They’re all criminals and it doesn't matter because the law never applies to them.
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Garland previously assured Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) that the investigation of Hunter Biden, led by Weiss, would not face any political or improper interference. He stated that as Attorney General, he is committed to the independence of the Justice Department in criminal matters, free from any influence from the White House.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) also questioned Garland over whether Weiss had the authority to bring charges without approval from other Justice Department officials. Garland insisted that the Delaware US attorney had full authority to make referrals or bring cases in other jurisdictions if necessary, and he would support him in doing so.
The IRS whistleblower has supervised the investigation of Hunter Biden for alleged tax evasion and related crimes since early 2020. The potential crimes are connected to the 53-year-old’s foreign income from countries like China and Ukraine. Weiss’ office is considering related charges against Hunter Biden involving money laundering and unregistered foreign lobbying.
House Republicans are investigating Joe Biden’s involvement in Hunter and first brother James Biden’s international business dealings. While Joe Biden served as vice president under the Obama administration, Hunter earned up to $1 million yearly on the board of Ukrainian gas firm Burisma.
Lytle, the whistleblower’s attorney, stated that his client is willing to provide information to congressional leaders despite severe risks of retaliation. In addition, the client seeks to make the disclosures non-partisan to Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Hunter Biden’s attorney, Chris Clark, accused the IRS agent of committing a crime by disclosing information about the ongoing tax investigation. In response, Lytle called Clark’s statement “really unfortunate” and expressed that his client is determined to tell the truth, even in the face of potential attacks.
The whistleblower now seeks congressional permission to consult with their attorneys before testifying before Congress. As this story unfolds, many questions remain about the Attorney General’s role in the investigation and whether political interference has occurred.