U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said Thursday that the committee has received credible whistleblower testimony alleging misconduct and government abuse resulting in preferential treatment for the president’s son, Hunter Biden.
During a press conference, Smith detailed three key areas of focus revealed by the transcripts of interviews with the whistleblowers: unequal treatment of taxpayers when enforcing tax laws, alleged overreach by the Biden Department of Justice in the investigation, and retaliation faced by Internal Revenue Services (IRS) whistleblowers.
The whistleblowers, two IRS employees, were part of an investigation into Hunter Biden that began in November 2018. Smith said that this was a standard investigation, not influenced by any political entity or individual.
The testimony, which you can read here, provided details on an estimated $2.2 million of unreported tax on global income streams received by Biden and his associates from Ukraine, Romania, and China, totaling $17.3 million from 2014 to 2019.
According to Smith, the Biden Department of Justice allegedly intervened in the case, with whistleblowers detailing recurring unjustified delays, lack of transparency, and alleged threats from the defense counsel.
The committee raised serious concerns about the preferential treatment afforded to Biden, which included tipping off attorneys prior to searches and denied attempts to bring charges.
The whistleblowers report facing almost immediate retaliation after raising their concerns internally at the IRS and the Department of Justice prosecution team, according to Smith. Roadblocks were erected in their unrelated investigations and they were removed from the investigation after testifying to Congress, he said.
Smith concluded by restating the three key findings from the release of whistleblower testimony: unequal treatment of taxpayers, alleged overreach of the Biden Department of Justice, and retaliation against the whistleblowers.