In a major development in the ongoing investigation into President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler have hailed the latest charges against Hunter as a “complete vindication” of their years-long investigation.
Special Counsel David Weiss filed charges on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging a “four-year scheme” in which Hunter Biden did not pay federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 and filed false tax reports. The charges consist of three felonies and six misdemeanors related to $1.4 million in unpaid taxes.
Shapley and Ziegler, who came forward earlier this year to Congress, claimed that politics had influenced the prosecutorial decisions made during the federal probe into Hunter Biden. They said that the latest charges are a confirmation of their thorough investigation into the president’s son.
In a joint statement, Shapley and Ziegler said, “Eight months ago, we took a risk and shared the truth with Congress. Despite facing continual attacks, we never wavered. Today’s indictment is a complete vindication of our investigation and highlights the widespread agreement among investigators that Hunter Biden should face charges.”
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The IRS whistleblowers were frustrated with the Justice Department’s decision not to charge Hunter Biden for tax evasion in 2014 and 2015. They alleged that Weiss allowed the statute of limitations to expire in those cases. Weiss, who testified before the House Judiciary Committee last month, hinted that tax charges may be forthcoming.
In the indictment, Weiss alleged that Hunter had “engaged in a four-year scheme” to evade paying taxes, using funds from his company Owasco, PC for personal expenses. He also alleged that Hunter stopped paying his taxes for 2015, and willfully failed to pay his taxes for 2016-2019.
Following the indictment, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer applauded Shapley and Ziegler for their courage in exposing “misconduct and politicization” in the Hunter Biden criminal investigation. The committee is currently conducting an impeachment inquiry against President Biden and has been investigating the Biden family’s business dealings for months.
In a statement, Comer also pointed out that the committee’s investigation had revealed how Joe Biden “knew about, participated in, and benefitted from his family cashing in on the Biden name.” He also called for Weiss to investigate all parties involved in the Bidens’ “fraud schemes” and influence peddling, stating that failure to do so would indicate that the Department of Justice is protecting Hunter and “the big guy.”
Hunter Biden’s defense attorney Abbe Lowell, however, criticized Weiss, accusing him of “bowing to Republican pressure” in bringing the charges. Hunter has also been subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee for a deposition, but has not committed to appearing.
The latest charges against Hunter Biden have raised more questions about the Biden family’s foreign business dealings and their alleged involvement in corrupt practices. As the investigation continues, more information is expected to come to light, potentially impacting the Biden presidency.