Hunter Biden Complaint: IRS Commissioner Denies Intervening to Retaliate Against Whistleblowers 

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Daniel Werfel denied intervening and retaliating against whistleblowers in connection with the complaint against Hunter Biden, according to a letter he sent to the minority and majority on the House Ways and Means Committee. 

A letter sent by Werfel on May 17 was obtained in which he responded to concerns that whistleblowers may have faced retaliation for voicing concerns about the probe into the business dealings of the son of President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden. 

“I want to state unequivocally that I have not intervened — and will not intervene — in any way that would impact the status of any whistleblower,” said Werfel. 

However, the letter states that the whistleblower, referenced by GOP Representative Jason Smith of Missouri, experienced a change in work assignment at the direction of the Department of Justice. 

Whistleblower: Alleges change in work assignment was at the direction of DOJ

“The IRS whistleblower you reference alleges that the change in their work assignment came at the direction of the Department of Justice. As a general matter and not about any specific case, I believe it is important to emphasize that in any matter involving federal judicial proceedings, the IRS follows the direction of the Justice Department,” wrote Werfel in the letter. 

In response to the letter sent May 16 by Smith, the IRS commissioner said he contacted Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administrator to find out more but is unable to share specific details on the matter. 

“When I first learned of the allegations of retaliation referenced in your letter and in media reports on May 16, 2023, I contacted the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). In light of laws and policies designed to protect the integrity of pending proceedings, I am unable to provide details on this matter,” wrote Werfel. 

“TIGTA confirmed that my role as Commissioner in any whistleblower proceedings is not an investigative one. When an IRS employee raises allegations of this kind, the Commissioner’s office does not run an investigation, seek the identity of the whistleblower, or similarly intervene; instead, the Inspector General serves as a critical guardian of the whistleblower process and conducts relevant inquiries into the matter,” Smith added. 

Lawyers for the IRS whistleblower earlier told Congress that the entire team the individual managed had been removed from the investigation into Hunter Biden. The attorneys informed Congress that the removal was based on an order from the Department of Justice.

“Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent we represent was informed that he and his entire investigative 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,” stated the letter. 

“He was informed the change was at the request of the Department of Justice,” wrote attorneys Tristan Leavitt and Mark Lytle.