A second IRS informant involved in the criminal tax probe into Hunter Biden is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee this Wednesday.
The currently unidentified whistleblower plans to testify that David Weiss, Delaware U.S. Attorney, was in favor of levying severe felony charges against Hunter Biden. However, Weiss voiced concerns that Biden’s past struggles with drug addiction and the tragic loss of his brother to cancer could sway a jury towards a verdict of not guilty.
The whistleblower’s written testimony was released prior to the hearing. A select portion of the testimony follows below.
“I have witnessed the corrosion of ethical standards and the abuse of power that threaten our nation. It is within this context that I have chosen to shed light on these actions and expose those responsible. I recognize that while I was present at the start of this investigation and was closely involved with the investigation for roughly five years — that I am just a part of the story,” said the whistleblower, only known as “X.”
“My aim is to address systemic problems that have allowed misconduct to flourish. It is not a call for blame but a call for accountability and reform. Transparency is the foundation of our democracy. Without it, people lose their trust in the institutions and the bonds that tie the fabric of our nation start to fray. The American people deserve to know the truth no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient it may be for either political party,” the statement continued.
“I had recently heard an elected official say I must be more credible, because I am a gay Democrat married to a man,” the whistleblower also revealed. “I am no more credible than this man [Mr. Shapley] sitting next to me due to my sexual orientation or my political beliefs. I was raised and have always strived to do what is right. I have heard from some, that I am a traitor to the Democratic Party and that I am causing more division in our society…I kind of equate this to coming out, it was honestly one of the hardest things I ever had to do.”
The identity of this informant will be disclosed during their testimony before the committee. They were part of the IRS team overseeing the investigation, under the direction of Supervisory Agent Gary Shapley. Shapley, who has also alleged misconduct during the investigation, will join his colleague in providing testimony on Wednesday.
It is known that Hunter Biden agreed to a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in June, admitting guilt to two minor tax charges from 2017 and 2018, along with a potential gun charge that may be dismissed later.
Nevertheless, federal investigators, including the aforementioned IRS whistleblower, had pushed for charges relating to the tax years 2014 and 2015 as well, encompassing both felony and misdemeanor counts. As per the whistleblower’s prepared comments, a meeting was held between Weiss, Shapley, and the whistleblower themselves in late August or early September 2022.
The whistleblower’s remarks pointed out that Weiss had expressed agreement regarding potential charges for the tax years 2014 and 2015, saying that their case was robust and well-investigated. Yet, Weiss had received apprehensions from the Department of Justice Tax about pursuing charges for these years, as it might affect the cases for the later years, which Weiss believed were more clear and compelling.
At that time, Weiss suggested he was still contemplating whether to proceed with these charges, which he ultimately decided not to pursue.