Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Daniel Werfel said that it was not his call in reaction to the whistleblowers who claimed that the IRS treated first son Hunter Biden favorably being suddenly removed from the case this past week in what looked to be a clear retaliatory move. Instead, it was the Justice Department.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise given that the DOJ we now have is perhaps the most politicized in our nation’s history and frequently uses two distinct standards determined by which political party a person supports.
The commissioner details what transpired in a letter dated May 17 to the House Ways and Means Committee, which Fox News was able to obtain:
Werfel added, “I want to emphasize clearly that I’ve not intervened—and I won’t intervene—in any manner that might damage the status of any potential whistleblower.”
“The IRS whistleblower you mention claims that the Department of Justice ordered them to shift their job assignment. I think it’s essential to stress that the IRS always follows the Justice Department’s lead in any subject involving federal court proceedings, regardless of whether it’s in regards to a particular case or not.”
I like the phrase “change in my job assignment.” We are aware that this indicates the whistleblower was penalized and assigned a menial task, like scrubbing closets. Werfel then used the strategy that it seems all agency directors who testify before Congress use. Cite the pressing need for privacy, specifically:
“On May 16, 2023, I called the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) after becoming aware of the claims of retribution mentioned in your letter and in news stories. I am unable to disclose more information on this situation due to regulations and practices intended to safeguard the integrity of ongoing proceedings,” Werfel stated.
According to a whistleblower, the entire IRS staff working on the Hunter Biden investigation was dismissed from the case, RedState’s Bonchie revealed last week. In a letter sent to Congress shortly after, the whistleblower’s lawyers explicitly charged that the action was “clearly retaliatory.”
The commissioner spoke in front of the committee on April 27 and stated, “I can assure you without hesitation that there is going to be no retaliation for anybody presenting an allegation or making a call to a whistleblower hotline.”
As I mentioned in April, a former IRS employee who turned whistleblower said that federal prosecutors treated President Biden’s son Hunter with “preferential treatment and politics” and even attempted to get criminal tax charges against him dropped. This week, it was discovered that a second informant, who worked with the first one and supported his statements, had also come forward. The top IRS officials quickly vowed to prosecute him. Meanwhile, several FBI whistleblowers have accused the agency’s leadership of corruption.
It’s clear that Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DOJ aren’t even trying to pretend that pursuing fair justice for everyone is still their main goal any longer. They believe they are above the law—the same ones in charge of maintaining it.
Author: Steven Sinclaire