IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley states in testimony that a ‘stand down order’ was given to the Department of Justice in the Hunter Biden investigation prior to the 2020 election.
“I am blowing the whistle because the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice Tax, and Department of Justice provided preferential treatment and unchecked conflicts of interest in an important and high-profile investigation of the President’s son, Hunter Biden,” Shapley said in redacted testimony.
Despite probable cause affidavits for Hunter Biden search warrants in three states and Washington, D.C. drafted in early 2020, they were put on ice by the Department of Justice as soon as Joe Biden became the presumptive Democrat nominee, The Federalist’s Sean Davis explains.
More, from IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley: Probable cause affidavits for Hunter Biden search warrants in three states and Washington, D.C, were drafted in early 2020…and then put on ice by DOJ as soon as Joe Biden became the presumptive Democrat nominee. pic.twitter.com/KGUZiqTu4M
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“As early as March 6th, 2020, I sent a sensitive case report up through my chain of command at IRS reporting that by mid-March the IRS would be ready to seek approval for physical search warrants in California, Arkansas, New York, and Washington, D.C.,” Shapley said.
“Special Agent [redacted] drafted an April 1st, 2020, affidavit establishing probable cause for these physical search warrants. We also planned to conduct approximately 15 contemporaneous interviews at that time,” he continued.
“Yet, after former Vice President Joseph Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee for President in early April 2020, career DOJ officials dragged their feet on the IRS taking these investigative steps,” he continued.
“By June 2020, those same career officials were already delaying overt investigative actions,” he added. “This was well before the typical 60- to 90-day period when DOJ would historically stand down before an election. It was apparent that DOJ was purposely slow-walking investigative actions in this matter.”
IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley added in a statement: “This has never been about obtaining a specific result. Coming forward has subjected me to intense scrutiny that I would never wish upon any person trying to report wrongdoing. For me this has been about the choice between remaining silent and regretting it for the rest of my life vs. stepping forward and doing what my conscience told me was the right thing to do.”
This favorable treatment towards Joe Biden contrasts strikingly with the actions the Department of Justice took in regards to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump in 2016, when discredited political opposition research from rival candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee was illegally weaponized to conduct a sweeping campaign surveillance operation against the Trump campaign as well as an ensuing Special Counsel investigation that hindered the Trump presidency for years.