By John Solomon, Just the News
A decorated IRS agent provided Congress six hours of testimony and seven critical documents Friday that gave lawmakers insights into the origins of the Hunter Biden criminal tax probe and evidence of political interference inside the Justice Department dating to the 2020 election.
Gary Shapley, an IRS supervisory criminal investigator granted whistleblower status, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, fielding questions from staff from Democrat and Republican lawmakers, his legal team announced.
Sources familiar with the session told Just the News that Shapley turned over seven documents totaling 23 pages that summarized the evidence and predicate for the original investigation into the taxes and overseas finances of Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son.
The memos also summarized multiple instances dating to 2020 in which DOJ officials thwarted, hampered or interfered with the frontline career investigators’ efforts – ranging from blocking certain tactics to allowing tolling agreements to expire that extended the statute of limitations on certain alleged offenses. Shapley described IRS and FBI agents being concerned by the interference.
The lawyers for Shapley, Mark Lytle and Tristan Leavitt, declined to discuss the specific of his testimony but confirmed the session occurred and that it involved bipartisan questioning.
“IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley testified for about six hours today to Democrat and Republican staff of the House Ways and Means Committee,” his legal team said in a statement. “Both sides had equal opportunity to ask whatever questions they wanted, and Special Agent Shapley answered all of their questions.”
Shapley’s name had been concealed prior to Wednesday, when Just the News confirmed his identity. He has alleged that federal prosecutors engaged in “preferential treatment and politics” to prevent charges from being brought against Hunter Biden as part of an ongoing tax investigation.
In a brief interview with CBS ahead of his testimony, Shapley previewed the concerns that led him to reach out to the DOJ inspector general and Congress as a whistleblower.
“There were multiple steps that were slow-walked – were just completely not done – at the direction of the Department of Justice,” the 14-year veteran agent told CBS.
“When I took control of this particular investigation, I immediately saw deviations from the normal process. It was way outside the norm of what I’ve experienced in the past,” he also said.
Shapley, a widely respected IRS agent who helped the agency build big cases included against Swiss banks, first approached the government’s internal watchdog with the help of whistleblower attorney Mark Zaid late last year.
Shapley eventually went to Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the same watchdog who debunked the Russia collusion narrative and unmasked FBI abuses in the probe of former President Donald Trump.
The IRS agent has since filed a formal complaint of retaliation with the Office of Special Counsel, alleging that he was sidelined from the investigation after he made protected disclosures and that he had been passed over for promotion despite being the most qualified candidate for the post.
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