Yesterday, the story broke about the IRS whistleblower who wants to testify before Congress about the special treatment Hunter Biden’s tax/financial case has been receiving.
Today, we know a lot more.
First, here’s a big thank-you to Tucker Carlson for taking us on a trip in the Way-Back Machine last night to the first day President Biden was in office, when he named a new head of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department: Nick McQuaid. We’ve talked about him before; he was the former law partner of Hunter Biden’s own criminal attorney, Chris Clark.
So, looking at the timeline, just one month after Hunter hired Chris Clark to defend him on potential federal tax charges, his father, the brand-new President, hired Clark’s law partner to head the DOJ Criminal Division. And he did it on INAUGURATION DAY. Now, why would he do that? This would seem to be an obvious conflict of interest, but McQuaid did not recuse himself from duties related to the Biden investigation.
Both Clark and McQuaid were partners at the law firm of Latham & Watkins. You’ve heard that name before, numerous times here in the newsletter, because they are THE powerhouse Democrat law firm in Washington DC.
Clark has released a harsh statement about the whistleblower that says, “It appears this IRS agent has committed a crime. It is a felony for an IRS agent to improperly disclose information about an ongoing investigation. The IRS has incredible power, and abusing that power by targeting embarrassing, or disclosing information about a private citizen’s tax matters undermines Americans’ faith in the federal government. Unfortunately, that is what has happened and is happening here in an attempt to harm my client.”
The whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Lytle, responded to the statement Thursday evening in an interview with Bret Baier, calling it “unfortunate.” He said his client, after many sleepless nights, decided he “could not live with himself if he stayed quiet and said nothing.” He knew he’d be attacked like this, and he still wants to reach out and tell the truth “to both Democrats and Republicans on the Hill.” He’s armed with documentation and is following the provisions of the whistleblower law, which is designed to help people come forward without getting threatened.
Recall that the FBI gained possession of Hunter Biden’s laptop and all its contents in December 2019. Since October 2020, we’ve come to know pretty much what’s on it, thanks to reporters who obtained copies of the hard drive and actually investigated. We know the Biden family made millions of dollars from foreign governments (directly and/or indirectly) by selling access to our own government through then-Vice President Joe Biden. And this year, congressional committees now headed by the GOP have heard whistleblower testimony and finally even obtained bank records. But from the ‘Justice’ Department, there’s been silence.
We know Hunter Biden had a delinquent tax fill of around $2 million, which a wealthy friend paid for him along with hundreds of thousands more in month-to-month support. (As the song goes, he gets by with a little help from his friends.) But how much money did he receive that went unreported? Given Hunter’s, um, distractions and dicey sources of income, what are the odds that every decimal point was in the right place? Also, we know Hunter lied on a federal application to purchase a gun. I thought Democrats were real sticklers on that sort of thing.
And, of course, this dive into Hunter’s finances really is about influence-peddling by the current President. On Thursday night, Tucker played an excerpt from an April 2021 interview on “CBS This Morning” in which Hunter said he’d never given his father anything from any of his business ventures. “Not a nickel,” he said. “Directly or indirectly…100 percent, no. Never.”
If this is true, why was one of Hunter’s emails a rant about being the one in the family who had to give his dad half his money?
Which brings us back to the whistleblower in the Biden case. If what this supervisory special agent at the IRS has said about the investigation is true, then Attorney General Merrick Garland was not telling the truth while testifying to Congress under oath about U.S. Attorney David Weiss operating independently of political influence and being able to do what he wanted to do. That was March 1, and it appears to have been the last straw for the agent --- what made him decide to go to the Inspectors General of the Treasury and DOJ.
We’ve also learned more about how Mike Morell came to coordinate the “classic earmarks” letter signed by 51 former intel officials to cast doubt on Hunter’s laptop ahead of the 2020 election. And, yes, the push definitely came from the Biden campaign.
In a private sworn transcribed interview with the House Judiciary Committee, Morell said it was Antony Blinken, now Secretary of State but then Biden’s senior campaign adviser, who reached out to him “on or before” October 17, 2020, three days after the NEW YORK POST published the “laptop” story by Miranda Devine about Hunter Biden introducing his Ukrainian business partner to his father. Morell was in the running to be CIA director at the time. He told the committee that until he got the call from Blinken, he’d had no intention of getting involved, and that part of his motivation was to get Biden elected.
It seems appropriate that Miranda Devine would be writing the update on this story. Here it is…
The POST also reports that AG Garland is the “senior political appointee” accused by the whistleblower as having given false testimony. We could have told you that yesterday; in fact, we did.
John Solomon’s update at JUST THE NEWS is a must-read. Solomon says that when that letter was signed by all those officials, the FBI knew the laptop was real and there was no intelligence whatsoever suggesting the laptop was Russian disinformation. It was totally made up. He calls this “one of the greatest political dirty tricks in American history.” That would put it right up there with Hillary’s fake Trump “dossier” and Alfa Bank story.
Morell told the committee he did a little research on his own and then reached out to retired CIA operations officer Marc Polymeropoulos to help him write a letter discrediting the POST’s reporting about the laptop.
It took him just two days for Morell to gather the signatures of 51 former intel officials. Four former CIA directors signed, including John Brennan (no coaxing needed, I’m sure) and Leon Panetta.
Here’s more to implicate the Biden campaign: Morell said he sent an email telling Nick Shapiro, former deputy chief of staff to Brennan, that the campaign wanted the letter to go to a particular reporter at the WASHINGTON POST. Shapiro should also send a copy of the letter to the campaign.
Later on, Morell couldn’t recall why he specified that particular reporter; the letter ended up going to POLITICO. They published it on October 17 under the headline, “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former officials say.” (See, that’s the story the media went with; never mind the disclaimer in the letter that none of them had even seen any evidence.)
Morell also testified that after the presidential debate, in which Biden used the letter to defend against Trump’s mention of the laptop story, he received a call from Steve Richhetti, chairman of the Biden campaign, thanking him for the letter.
But after all that work, Morell was not nominated for CIA director. Blinken did become Secretary of State, though.
Reps. Jim Jordan and Michael Turner, who chair the Judiciary Committee and Intelligence Committee, respectively, wasted no time sending a letter to Blinken. “The concerted efforts to dismiss the serious allegations in the POST’s reporting and to suppress any discussion of the story played a substantial role in the 2020 election,” they wrote. They requested his assistance because they “have learned that you played a role in the inception of this statement while serving as a Biden campaign adviser…”
Jordan and Turner have now asked Blinken to turn over all documents and communications relating to the letter and provide the House with the identities of everyone involved in its “inception, drafting, editing, signing, publishing, or promotion.”
The WASHINGTON EXAMINER also has an excellent summary…
Legal analyst Andrew C. McCarthy has written a piece, appropriately published in the POST, about the special treatment Hunter Biden has received. He says there’s really only one way to get off the hook for the things Hunter has done, and that’s to be Joe Biden’s son.
“The gun offenses,” he says, “are so straightforward that they’d take a competent investigator five days, not five years, to wrap into a prosecutable case. Some of the tax offenses, which stretch back seven years or more, are so undeniable that liens were placed on Hunter’s properties…” Plus, it’s really not just Hunter, but the entire Biden family, who are the “salient feature” of the investigation.
McCarthy says Rep. James Comer, as chair of the House Oversight Committee, needs to have the whistleblower provide the testimony he wants to --- preferably in public --- about the “political roadblocks that have obstructed investigators.” In this must-read piece, McCarthy says the whistleblower is providing us with “the long-awaited but always obvious answer.”
Finally, law professor Jonathan Turley has a message for the Democrats. “The party has already embraced censorship,” he says. “It should not now embrace corruption.” Funny, I thought it had embraced that, too.