Gary Shapley, a supervisory special agent, claimed tax secrecy laws prevent him from publicly revealing the target of the investigation in an interview with “CBS Evening News” that aired on Wednesday.
However, CBS News and CNN reported the investigation is focused on Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden. “When I took charge of this specific probe, I right away noticed it was way beyond the typical of what I’ve encountered in the past,” Shapley told CBS News.
IRS Veteran Opens Up About Hunter Biden
“The Department of Justice directed that several steps be taken slowly.” The IRS informed CBS News that while it is unable to comment on individual situations, it is dedicated to assisting whistleblowers. In 2018, the Justice Department began looking into Hunter Biden’s tax returns and international business transactions.
In an interview with CBS News on Thursday, the special agent, Gary Shapley, who has experience in the IRS’s criminal investigations division, disclosed his identity. Republican from Missouri, Representative Jason Smith is in charge of that panel, which has authority over the IRS.
But even as he prepares to speak before the House panel, the 14-year IRS veteran has now shut off contact with the Senate Finance Committee, which supervises the Internal Revenue Service, after his counsel spoke with committee members. Attorneys for Shapley said that he first voiced his worries about “anomalies in the Justice Department’s handling of the case in the summer of 2020, under the Trump administration, in a letter to a federal watchdog organization this month. Shapley claimed that during the Biden administration’s subsequent years, he kept raising his concerns about the issue.
Additionally, Mr. Shapley postponed a meeting with that committee, which is chaired by Oregon senator and Democrat Ron Wyden. According to a source on the Finance Committee who spoke to The Independent, staffers from the GOP and Democratic sides of the committee met with Mark Lytle, a former federal prosecutor who is one of the attorneys known to represent Mr. Shapley. Committee staff on both sides and counsel had agreed to meet directly with the whistleblower next week.
Mr. Shapley stated that he started voicing his concerns about the Hunter Biden investigation’s conduct not long after he was first given responsibility for it in early 2020.