On Monday, Hunter’s legal team announced a rare lawsuit against one of the most powerful institutions in the United States, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Hunter’s lawsuit seeks a court declaration that the IRS “willfully, knowingly, and/or by gross negligence, unlawfully disclosed Mr. Biden’s confidential tax information.”
The lawsuit specifically targets IRS agents Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler. Hunter claims these agents revealed confidential information in their interviews with members of Congress and the press.
An attorney for Shapley responded to the suit, saying: “This suit against the IRS is just another frivolous smear by Biden family attorneys trying to turn people’s attention away from Hunter Biden’s own legal problems and intimidate any current and future whistleblowers.”
The Daily Wire reported that Shapley’s attorney noted that similar claims by Hunter Biden had already been dismissed by Federal District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika.
Noreika refused to green-light a plea deal between Hunter Biden’s lawyers and the Department of Justice, expressing reservations regarding the extent of immunity being offered to Hunter.
Shapley noted: “The federal judge in Delaware who oversaw the aborted plea deal shot down similar claims against the whistleblowers after they exposed the secret backroom deal between Hunter Biden and the Department of Justice.”
Attorneys representing the two IRS whistleblowers asserted: “Neither IRS SSA Gary Shapley nor his attorneys have ever released any confidential taxpayer information except through whistleblower disclosures authorized by statute. Once Congress released that testimony, like every American citizen, he has a right to discuss that public information.”
According to the Washington Post, Hunter Biden’s attorneys assert the IRS agents improperly disclosed confidential and personal information during interviews:
“This assault on Mr. Biden’s rights involved the public disclosure of his confidential tax information during more than 20 nationally televised and non-congressionally sanctioned interviews and numerous public statements.”
Further, the lawsuit alleges improperly revealed “detailed allegations regarding the specific tax years under investigation, the amounts of deductions, the nature of those deductions, and allegations of liability regarding specific tax years and the amount thereof, that could only be known to them based on a review of the physical tax returns themselves.”
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