A group of Republican lawmakers is seeking a special counsel to investigate IRS whistleblower claims related to first son Hunter Biden.
The group includes Reps. Jason Smith (R-MO), James Comer (R-KY), and Jim Jordan (R-OH), as well as Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI).
The group asked the Office of Special Counsel to look into whether DOJ retaliated against IRS agents who alleged wrongdoing in a Hunter Biden probe. https://t.co/NnS4muvF7l
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“The DOJ and IRS must be held accountable for all instances of whistleblower retaliation and misconduct, and federal agencies cannot conceal their wrongdoing behind illegal nondisclosure directives and related documents,” the Republicans wrote in a letter to special counsel Henry Kerner.
"Given the importance of these matters, please schedule a briefing to discuss the steps you have taken with respect to our requests no later than July 19, 2023. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter," the letter added.
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"The lawmakers noted that an internal IRS email was sent to supervisors, including one of the whistleblowers, from IRS Acting Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Kareem Carter, saying 'no information involving the investigation can leave the field office without first going through the chain of command directive by seeking approval from a supervisor,'" Fox News reported.
"That email, the lawmakers say, lacked a lawfully required 'anti-gag provision' that should have included whistleblower protections to report wrongdoing," it added.
The letter follows the release of House Ways and Means Committee transcripts last month of two IRS whistleblowers.
The two individuals claimed that Hunter Biden's business deals included political influence involving millions of dollars paid to the Biden family.
The claims also come as President Joe Biden continues his efforts to run for a second term in office in 2024 despite the growing evidence of scandals related to his family.
The letter hopes to secure more focus on the investigation but it's unclear whether the process will lead to any results to change the situation involving Hunter Biden.