This latest development marks the third time an IRS official has come forward to House Republicans to confirm reports that President Joe Biden’s administration blocked US Attorney Dave Weiss from pressing charges against Hunter Biden.
Batdorf reportedly shared information about Weiss’ attempts to prosecute Hunter Biden and how they were stifled by the President’s Justice Department.
“DOJ Tax would have to authorize charges prior to David Weiss recommending an indictment or prosecution,” Batdorf said during his interview according to the transcript obtained by the Examiner.
“So, I mean, my understanding is that, I mean, he can’t make that decision without DOJ Tax authorization,” Batdorf said.
The Washington Examiner reported:
A third IRS official confirmed that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss faced roadblocks when attempting to bring charges against Hunter Biden, contradicting denials issued Wednesday by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
IRS Director of Field Operations Michael Batdorf told the House Ways and Means Committee in a closed-door interview on Sept. 12 that he felt “frustrated” by the refusal of the Justice Department to approve tax charges that IRS agents viewed as well-supported by evidence, according to a transcript of the interview obtained by the Washington Examiner.
He also said the IRS removed agent Gary Shapley, a whistleblower, from the Hunter Biden case at the direction of Weiss despite having done nothing wrong.
Batdorf’s testimony was the latest piece of evidence to suggest Weiss did not enjoy the unfettered authority to pursue Hunter Biden that Garland and others claimed he had.
Joseph Ziegler testified that one US Attorney even said Hunter Biden was ‘untouchable’. Two IRS whistleblowers, Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, have expressed their concern over the alleged preferential treatment of Hunter Biden from government prosecutors.
Shapley has suggested that Biden-appointed US Attorneys blocked charges against Hunter Biden while Ziegler stated that one US Attorney implied he was “untouchable”.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland has recently given a sworn statement under oath denying that any such restrictions have been placed on Delaware US Attorney David Weiss in regards to bringing charges against Hunter Biden.
Nevertheless, the testimony of former DOJ official Adam Shapley appears to be in line with what whistleblower Joseph Ziegler claimed during a hearing in July: that Weiss had been “hamstrung and marginalized” by higher ranking officials within the Department of Justice.
“It appeared to me, based on what I experienced, that the U.S. Attorney in Delaware in our investigation was constantly hamstrung, limited, and marginalized by DOJ officials,” Ziegler said.
“The Justice Department allowed the president’s political appointees to weigh in on whether to charge the president’s son,” Shapley said referring to the US Attorneys in DC and California.
“This case was presented to two presidentially-appointed U.S. attorneys in D.C. and California. That no charges were brought in those districts tells you everything you need to know,” Shapley said.
Gary Shapley recently joined Fox News host Bret Baier to discuss the concerning allegations of Hunter Biden’s involvement in a ‘sweetheart deal’ with China and potential corruption within the Department of Justice.
Shapley suggested that between 2014-2019, Hunter Biden had received roughly $8.3 million from sources in China (Chinese energy firm CEFC), Ukraine, and Romania.
“Based on all the financial records that we did find, they’ve been analyzed – it was around $8.3 million he [Hunter] received,” Shapley said.
“From who?” Bret Baier asked.
“They came from China – from CEFC – came from Ukraine, and from Romania,” Shapley said. “And even the Burisma money…the 2014 and 2015 taxes years when the Burisma money was coming in, I mean to this day, there is still about $400,000 of unreported income from Burisma in 2014. Hunter Biden was told by his partner Eric Schwerin that he needed to amend his returns and he never did.”
Shapley said the statute of limitations ran out so Hunter Biden got away with not paying his taxes AND he was not charged for evasion.
This is why the corrupt prosecutors dragged out the Hunter Biden investigation for 5 years.
“So the DC US Attorney’s office declining those charges – David Weiss’s requested special counsel authority being denied and then the statute of limitations then expires in November and December of 2022 so those years are gone and there’s no way to recoup the money from that Burisma income,” Shapley said.
Shapley informed Bret Baier that a public document had presented Hunter Biden’s tax crimes in an understated way, using the phrase “in excess of $100,000” to refer to what he hadn’t paid for 2017 and 2018 – however, the actual figures are significantly more alarming.
“Is there criminal implications in what you were investigating when it comes to Hunter Biden?” Bret Baier asked Shapley.
“Absolutely and the most substantive felony charges were left off the table,” Shapley said.
“Which would have been what?” Baier asked.
“Evasion for ’14, false returns ’18 and 2019. So, as of right now in the information that’s been out there in the public, it uses the term ‘in excess of $100,000’ for 2017, separately for 2018. The true number is $580,000 of failure to pay for 2017 and $620,000 for 2018 – yet this document puts it close to $100,000,” Shapley said.
Last Thursday, Hunter Biden was indicted in a Delaware court on three counts related to his possession of a firearm while using drugs. This indictment follows the collapse of a plea deal last month that could have averted prosecution.
While the gun-related charges are serious, it is unclear at this time if they represent the entirety of Hunter Biden’s legal troubles as Special Counsel Dave Weiss has withdrawn tax-related charges against him in Delaware and suggested that the venue for these offenses may be California or DC.