IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley is scheduled to testify before the Republican-led Ways and Means Committee
The IRS whistleblower, who accused Justice Department officials of slowing an investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes, is set to appear before the Republican-led Ways and Means Committee after canceling a meeting with the Democrat-led Senate Finance Committee .
In the House of Representatives, Ways and Means oversees the IRS. In the Senate, the Treasury Department has the same powers.
Gary Shapley, an IRS official for 14 years, said he immediately noticed discrepancies in Hunter’s tax investigation when he was assigned the case in January 2020. He was concerned that prosecutors were mishandling the “controversial” case and felt compelled to press charges on his oath of office.
He canceled an appearance before the Finance Committee after his attorney, former prosecutor Mark Lytle, met with committee officials for “hours”.
The committee said it was “ready to arrange a meeting on terms consistent with laws protecting taxpayer privacy and ensuring a fair and rigorous investigation,” a committee spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com.
The spokesman said they were convinced Shapley had had issues with some of their standard meeting procedures to “protect taxpayer information,” but would try to reschedule the meeting in the future.
Gary Shapley, an IRS official for 14 years, said he immediately noticed discrepancies in Hunter’s tax investigation when he was assigned the case in January 2020. He was concerned that prosecutors were mishandling the “controversial” case and felt compelled to press charges on his oath of office
Three years after the investigation, led by Trump-appointed US Attorney in Delaware David Weiss, began, Shapley shed light. The investigation is looking into possible outstanding tax arrears for Hunter’s tenure as a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president, as well as possible false testimony related to an arms purchase
“This is a job, and my oath of office is to treat fairly everyone we investigate,” Shapley told CBS News. ‘[This case] was far outside the norm of what I have experienced in the past. There were several steps that, at the direction of the Justice Department, were being carried out slowly — simply not being carried out at all.
“When I saw how outrageous some of these things were, it wasn’t a decision for me anymore. That’s not something I want to do. It’s something I feel like I have to do.”
The registered Republican, who claims he is not involved in politics, said the alleged mistreatment compromises the “fairness of the system” by treating taxpayers and “subjects of investigation differently.”
Three years after the investigation, led by Trump-appointed US Attorney in Delaware David Weiss, began, Shapley shed light.
According to CBS News, the investigation includes possible outstanding tax arrears for Hunter’s tenure as a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president, and possible false testimony related to an arms purchase.
Late last year, an FBI leak revealed agents believed there was enough evidence to support criminal charges, but no evidence ever came. Shapley believed action was being taken to protect Hunter.
“Every time it seemed to benefit the subject,” he told CBS News. “It just got to the point where that switch was flipped.” And I just couldn’t silence my conscience anymore.’
NBC News reported a “growing frustration” at the FBI that Weiss has yet to file charges. The investigation began in 2018, and Hunter Biden confirmed that the Justice Department was investigating his tax affairs in 2020, shortly after his father won the election. He borrowed $2 million to pay back taxes.
The former inspector general of the Office of the National Security Agency began documenting his concerns in June 2020 after questioning whether the DOJ was acting “unethically” in the case.
Shapley’s concerns became public last month after his attorney, Mark Lytle, wrote to Congress asking for protection for the IRS agent.
The letter also revealed that Shapley was removed from the case after attending an “accused session,” prompting him to speak out.
“It was my Red Line meeting,” the Republican said.
He also claimed he faced retaliation from IRS leadership after speaking out.
IRS chief Danny Werfel promised no retaliation against whistleblowers last month in response to a Ways and Means survey.
Jäger’s team also accuses him of breaking the law.
The White House declined to comment, referring CBS News to an earlier statement that said Joe had “clarified that this matter is being investigated independently of the Justice Department, under the direction of a US Attorney appointed by former President Trump, and free of any political expression.” being dealt with.” White House interference. He has honored that commitment.”
The IRS also said it “cannot comment on specific tax matters.”