Whistleblower Says DOJ Blocked Biden Investigation During Hunter Probe

A whistleblower from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made extraordinary claims regarding President Joe Biden’s Justice Department on Wednesday when he claimed the department blocked investigators from gathering any evidence connecting the president to his son’s tax probe.

IRS agent Joseph Zeigler, who testified alongside his colleague Gary Shapley, made the claim during his testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. 

Zeigler told Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) that the DOJ prevented his team of investigators from looking into a Hunter WhatsApp message sent on July 30, 2017. Hunter sent a message to one of his Chinese business associates asking why the business associate was delaying a payment. In the message, Hunter claimed his father, President Joe Biden, was sitting beside him. 

“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” Hunter wrote in the Whatsapp message. “Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”

 

 

Zeigler claimed that the DOJ prevented investigators from looking into the Whatsapp message. Zeigler said DOJ prosecutors questioned the message’s validity without conducting any real investigation. 

“I recall them saying to me that ‘how do we know that he’s there? How do we know that that’s true, the statement being made there?’ And then I said ‘well, we would get the location data.’ So, as a part of my normal investigation, that’s what I would do and what I can tell you is, I know I didn’t do it, I don’t know if the FBI ever ended up doing it, it was kind of like a ‘let’s wait or I need to think about it,’” Zeigler said before Congress.

Shapley, Zeigler’s colleague, told Congress that prosecutors —in an unprecedented move— prevented investigators from looking at information on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Shapely said investigators were only allowed to view a tiny fraction of the laptop.