(trendingpoliticsnews) – The IRS has removed the “entire investigative team” from its years-long probe into Hunter Biden in what has been described as retaliation against a whistleblower who alleged a coverup in the case, according to a report from the New York Post.
The move was allegedly ordered by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a letter sent to Congress by the whistleblower’s attorneys. “Today the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent we represent was informed that he and his entire investigative team are being removed from the ongoing and sensitive investigation of the high-profile, controversial subject about which our client sought to make whistleblower disclosures to Congress,” attorneys Tristan Leavitt and Mark Whyte wrote. “He was informed the change was at the request of the Department of Justice,” the letter continued.
In April, the whistleblower came forward and accused the Biden Administration of obstructing the investigation into the president’s son. The agent, who has overseen the Hunter Biden probe since 2020, has not publicly identified Hunter Biden as the subject of his claims, though Congressional sources have, according to the New York Post.
In a letter addressed to multiple US Senators, the agent’s attorneys revealed had already made legally protected disclosures internally at the IRS, through counsel to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and to the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General.
After the sacking of the investigative team, the whistleblower has claimed that the move is retaliation from the Biden Administration. “On April 27, 2023, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel appeared before the House Committee on Ways and Means. He testified: ‘I can say without any hesitation there will be no retaliation for anyone making an allegation or a call to a whistleblower hotline.’ However, this move is clearly retaliatory and may also constitute obstruction of a congressional inquiry,” the agent’s lawyers continued in Monday’s letter.
“Our client has a right to make disclosures to Congress … He is protected by 5 U.S.C. § 2302 from retaliatory personnel actions—including receiving a ‘significant change in duties, responsibilities, or working conditions’ (which this clearly is) because of his disclosures to Congress,” the letter continued. “Any attempt by any government official to prevent a federal employee from furnishing information to Congress is also a direct violation of longstanding appropriations restriction. Furthermore, 18 U.S.C. § 1505 makes it a crime to obstruct an investigation of Congress.”
The removal of the team came just hours after special counsel John Durham released his long-awaited report on the origins of the infamous Trump-Russia probe. Durham concluded that the FBI should never have opened the investigation and found that they had no evidence of collusion between then-candidate Trump’s team and Russian intelligence agencies.