Attorney General Merrick Garland finally responded to an IRS whistleblower’s allegation that he lied to Congress when he said the investigation into Hunter Biden was free of improper political interference, ABC News reported.
In a letter last month, an attorney for an IRS criminal investigator informed the chairmen of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees and House Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees that his client had information confirming that Hunter was receiving “preferential treatment” from the Biden administration in the US Attorney of Delaware’s investigation into his taxes.
In his letter, the whistleblower’s attorney also implied that Garland lied under oath.
During an unrelated press conference on Tuesday, a reporter asked the Attorney General if he stood by what he said in his congressional testimony.
Garland said he did and then referred the reporter to David Weiss, the US Attorney for the State of Delaware, saying Weiss is “capable of making any decisions that he feels are appropriate.”
In a statement after the IRS whistleblower came forward, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, who is looking into the Biden family’s foreign business dealings, described the accusations that the administration might be blocking the US Attorney’s office’s investigation “deeply concerning.”
Chris Clark, one of Hunter’s many attorneys, accused the IRS criminal investigator of committing a crime by disclosing tax information about the ongoing investigation into the president’s son.
When asked about the whistleblower’s claims last month, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre simply referred reporters to the Department of Justice and said the White House would not comment on the allegations.
The White House Counsel’s office denied the allegation of interference.
In a statement last month, the White House Counsel’s Office spokesman Ian Sams claimed that the president “has been clear” that US Attorney Weiss’ investigation should be “handled independently” and would be free from “political interference by the White House.”