Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit towards the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Monday. The lawsuit alleges that IRS brokers unlawfully disclosed his tax info and failed to guard his non-public information. This authorized motion comes amidst a number of different authorized challenges going through Hunter Biden, together with an indictment on federal firearms fees and potential further tax fees.
Hunter Biden’s lawsuit accuses the IRS of unlawfully disclosing his tax return info.
The lawsuit claims the disclosures made by IRS brokers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who’ve been vocal about their considerations concerning dealing with investigations into Hunter Biden, “targeted and sought to embarrass Mr. Biden.”
The lawsuit seeks damages of $1,000 for every unauthorized disclosure of his tax return info, amongst different issues, based on AP News.
The IRS brokers in query have claimed whistleblower standing, arguing that their disclosures had been licensed below whistleblower legal guidelines. However, Hunter Biden’s lawsuit argues that these protections don’t apply on this case. This raises questions on whether or not the lawsuit is an try to intimidate present and future whistleblowers, as prompt by Shapley’s lawyer.
“Biden has no fewer or lesser rights than any other American citizen, and no government agency or government agent has free reign to violate his rights simply because of who he is,” the lawsuit says, per Business Insider.
“Two IRS agents—Mr. Gary Shapley and Mr. Joseph Ziegler—and their attorneys raised the stakes to unprecedented levels with their numerous public appearances and statements that blatantly violated Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code by engaging in a campaign to publicly smear Mr. Biden.”
The Oversight Committee has launched a press release defending the IRS whistleblowers.
“Anyone who has read or listened to the two IRS whistleblowers’ testimony knows that they are upstanding, concerned citizens without a political agenda. Both have worked at the IRS for over a decade on some of the biggest tax crime cases in our country’s history. What they witnessed while working on the Hunter Biden criminal investigation was a ‘corrosion of ethical standards and the abuse of power that threaten our nation.’ They have brought forward serious allegations of politicization and misconduct by DOJ officials,” the publish learn.
The assertion additional criticizes Hunter Biden, labeling him a “tax cheat” and accusing his authorized workforce of waging a “smear campaign” towards the whistleblowers. It concludes by saying, “Witness intimidation is just another dirty tactic by the Hunter Biden legal team. Despite their games, our investigation will continue.”
STATEMENT ON HUNTER SUING THE IRS
Anyone who has learn or listened to the two IRS whistleblowers’ testimony is aware of that they’re upstanding, involved residents with no political agenda. Both have labored at the IRS for over a decade on a few of the largest tax crime instances in…
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) September 18, 2023