Hunter Biden sues IRS over information released by agency whistleblowers

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Hunter Biden sued the IRS on Monday, alleging the agents who were investigating him told Congress and the media about his private tax returns.

The lawsuit claims two IRS employees, Gary Shapley, a supervisory special agent, and Joseph Ziegler, a 13-year special agent, unlawfully disclosed his tax return information when testifying about the investigation and through public statements. The suit does not name the IRS whistleblowers as defendants.

In a 27-page filing, Biden’s lawyer Abbe Lowell wrote that the lawsuit is “not about the proper workings of the whistleblower statute and process” or about “an official using those procedures properly to make disclosures to authorized government officials” but the decisions of the IRS employees.

“Rather, the lawsuit is about the decision by IRS employees, their representatives, and others to disregard their obligations and repeatedly and intentionally publicly disclose and disseminate Mr. Biden’s protected tax return information outside the exceptions for making disclosures in the law,” the lawsuit reads.

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