The House Ways and Means Committee received an explosive letter from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel Werfel last week.
The agency head denied he retaliated against whistleblowers in the Hunter Biden investigation, instead laying blame on the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The letter, revealed by Fox News, expressed his wish “to state unequivocally that I have not intervened — and will not not intervene — in any way that would impact the status of any whistleblower.” And he went a step further.
Werfel told the congressional committee that the order to reassign the entire team investigating allegations of tax improprieties by the younger Biden came solely from the DOJ.
He further reminded lawmakers that the IRS merely follows the DOJ’s lead “in any matter involving federal judicial proceedings.”
In other words, we did not retaliate against the whistleblowers exposing irregularities in the investigation into the president’s son. It was another agency.
ABUSE OF POWER: IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel claims that it was Biden’s DOJ that made the call to retaliate against the whistleblowers investigating his son. Werfel says the DOJ is making personnel decisions for the IRS on matters related to the Bidens.https://t.co/9gH56z3bgw pic.twitter.com/dWnTAXT76s
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Werfel added that in response to the allegations of retaliation swirling around the agency he has contacted the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). He claimed he was unable to give further details due to “pending proceedings.”
Giving himself further cover from congressional investigators, the IRS commissioner related that TIGTA confirmed that his role with the agency does not include investigative duties.
One whistleblower, an IRS Criminal Supervisory Special Agent, told Congress last month that he wanted to reveal a cover-up in the agency’s investigation of the first son. It was soon afterward that the hammer fell.
His lawyers told the committee last week that he was informed that he and his entire 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.”
At the time, he was told the order came from the Department of Justice. His attorneys told Congress in a letter that the action from the top was “clearly retaliatory.”
The whistleblower’s revelations go to the very top. One of his lawyers told committee leaders in April that he would expose “preferential treatment” and false testimony from a high-ranking political appointee. That Biden official turned out to be Attorney General Merrick Garland.