When I was elected by my Republican colleagues to serve as Chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, I promised the American people the committee would do something it hadn’t previously been known for: it would become known for conducting oversight. From just press reports, we knew of abusive IRS practices that needed to be looked at: taxpayer information that had been leaked, political opponents appeared to be targeted, and negligent behavior left other taxpayers at risk. So, one of my first actions as chair was to establish a whistleblower hotline that encouraged any IRS employee who had seen something suspicious to be able to report it to our committee for investigation in a safe and secure way. But we had no idea the extent of alleged corruption and political interference occurring.
As part of our oversight, we were contacted by an IRS whistleblower who indicated they had information about an investigation into a high-profile individual and how that investigation had been the subject of political interference. When the whistleblower came to me, he didn’t even have the authority to discuss the wrongdoing he knew with his own attorneys, because disclosing protected taxpayer information is against the law. So – using the powers entrusted to me – I granted the whistleblower the authority to disclose what he knew. And he gave our committee testimony about the investigation into the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and how IRS employees and Department of Justice officials were allegedly stymied in their efforts to charge him with tax crimes involving his business dealings.
These were obviously explosive charges, and as we investigated, we were soon contacted by a second whistleblower, who confirmed the original whistleblower’s version of events. Amazingly, soon after these whistleblowers shared their stories with us, the Department of Justice announced a plea agreement with Hunter Biden that would prevent him from seeing jail time, despite allegedly committing multiple felony tax crimes that would have landed any other American behind bars.
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