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A GOP-led House committee investigating allegations of potentially improper foreign business transactions has issued a subpoena for the records of a cellphone used by President Joe Biden and reportedly paid for by his son, Hunter Biden.
In an interview, Peter Schweizer, who is known for his focus on political corruption, stated that the records in question were discovered on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer. The phone in question was reportedly utilized between 2009 and 2017, a period when the current president served as vice president.
“We obtained that phone number, and we’ve shared it with individuals and the Oversight Committee in Congress is going to subpoena those phone records. And what’s important here is that’s not a government phone, this is not Joe Biden’s private phone that he’s paying for himself. It’s actually [Hunter] Biden’s business that paid for it,” Schweizer told WABC’s Cats & Cosby.
“I think it’s going to yield a lot of interesting information as to who Joe Biden was talking to on this phone that was being paid for by his son,” Schweizer, author of several books on political corruption including, “Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Friends and Households,” told the hosts.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer revealed this week that an informant file that he’s requested from the FBI details allegations that President Biden is linked to a $5 million bribery scheme while he was vice president in the Obama administration.
“The informant tip is dated June 30, 2020, Comer wrote — an additional clue in the mysterious allegation that triggered a guessing game due to the Biden family’s extensive consulting work in countries where the then-VP held sway. In a remarkable coincidence, Ukrainian officials held a press conference in Kyiv on June 13, 2020 — 17 days before the FBI tipoff — where they showed off $5 million in cash allegedly offered as a bribe to end an investigation of natural gas company Burisma’s founder Mykola Zlochevsky,” the New York Post reported.
The IRS whistleblower who claims that the Department of Justice interfered with the IRS investigation into Hunter Biden has broken his silence and what he had to say could be devastating for President Biden.
Gary Shapley, who has been employed by the IRS for 14 years, spoke to CBS News and he said that federal prosecutors were giving special treatment to the president’s son.
“When I took control of this particular investigation, I immediately saw it was way outside the norm of what I’ve experienced in the past,” he said.
And he said he was frustrated with the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office’s progress in the case.
“There were multiple steps that were slow-walked — were just completely not done — at the direction of the Department of Justice,” the whistleblower said.
“These deviations from the process,” he said, “seemed to always benefit the subject.”
“It just got to that point where that switch was turned on. And I just couldn’t silence my conscience anymore,” he said.
CBS News reported:
The existence of a whistleblower inside the Hunter Biden probe became known last month after one of Shapley’s attorneys, Mark Lytle, wrote to Congress seeking legal protections for his client, who was maintaining his anonymity at the time. Without those protections, Shapley said he can’t share anything about a taxpayer investigation—including the identity of the subject— without breaking tax secrecy laws.
Shapley is scheduled to appear before members of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday, but his testimony will not be open to the public.
CBS News obtained a letter Shapley’s attorneys sent last week to the Office of the Special Counsel, a federal agency dedicated to assisting government whistleblowers. The letter alleges “irregularities” in the Department of Justice’s handling of the case, and cites a “charged meeting” Shapley’s team had with Justice Department prosecutors last October. According to the letter, following that meeting, Shapley’s team was effectively excluded from the investigation. Shapley would not say if he made prosecutors aware of his concerns but did acknowledge the incident prompted him to blow the whistle.