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Hunter Biden sues IRS, claims whistleblower agents ‘targeted and sought to embarrass’ him by discussing his tax returns

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Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, at the White House, April 18, 2022, in Washington.

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Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, legal records show. 
He said agents who were investigating him told the media about his private tax returns. 
The lawsuit alleges that agents ‘targeted and sought to embarrass’ him by discussing his tax returns.

Hunter Biden, US President Joe Biden’s son, has filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), alleging its agents “targeted and sought to embarrass” him by discussing his tax returns.

“Biden has no fewer or lesser rights than any other American citizen, and no government agency or government agent has free reign to violate his rights simply because of who he is,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit alleges that when two former IRS officials told Congress and the media that they felt an investigation into Biden’s tax affairs had been mishandled, they violated Biden’s right to have the information kept private.

“Two IRS agents—Mr. Gary Shapley and Mr. Joseph Ziegler—and their attorneys raised the stakes to unprecedented levels with their numerous public appearances and statements that blatantly violated Section 6103 of the Internal
Revenue Code by engaging in a campaign to publicly smear Mr. Biden,” the lawsuit states.

It claims that the agents unlawfully revealed his tax return information and that the IRS did not create safeguards to make sure his details were kept confidential, in violation of the Privacy Act. 

“This assault on Mr. Biden’s rights involved the public disclosure of his confidential tax information during more than 20 nationally televised and non-congressionally sanctioned interviews and numerous public statements,” the lawsuit said.

Biden is seeking $1,000 for each unauthorized disclosure, attorney’s fees, and all documents relating to his tax disclosures. 

Hunter Biden is embroiled in a slew of legal troubles, amid investigations into his tax affairs, a gun purchase, and the collapse of a recent plea deal with prosecutors.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has launched an impeachment investigation into President Biden over his son’s business dealings in Ukraine and China on the basis of unproven allegations President Biden was improperly involved in them.

The IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment made outside working hours.

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Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, at the White House, April 18, 2022, in Washington.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, legal records show. 
He said agents who were investigating him told the media about his private tax returns. 
The lawsuit alleges that agents ‘targeted and sought to embarrass’ him by discussing his tax returns.

Hunter Biden, US President Joe Biden’s son, has filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), alleging its agents “targeted and sought to embarrass” him by discussing his tax returns.

“Biden has no fewer or lesser rights than any other American citizen, and no government agency or government agent has free reign to violate his rights simply because of who he is,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit alleges that when two former IRS officials told Congress and the media that they felt an investigation into Biden’s tax affairs had been mishandled, they violated Biden’s right to have the information kept private.

“Two IRS agents—Mr. Gary Shapley and Mr. Joseph Ziegler—and their attorneys raised the stakes to unprecedented levels with their numerous public appearances and statements that blatantly violated Section 6103 of the Internal
Revenue Code by engaging in a campaign to publicly smear Mr. Biden,” the lawsuit states.

It claims that the agents unlawfully revealed his tax return information and that the IRS did not create safeguards to make sure his details were kept confidential, in violation of the Privacy Act. 

“This assault on Mr. Biden’s rights involved the public disclosure of his confidential tax information during more than 20 nationally televised and non-congressionally sanctioned interviews and numerous public statements,” the lawsuit said.

Biden is seeking $1,000 for each unauthorized disclosure, attorney’s fees, and all documents relating to his tax disclosures. 

Hunter Biden is embroiled in a slew of legal troubles, amid investigations into his tax affairs, a gun purchase, and the collapse of a recent plea deal with prosecutors.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has launched an impeachment investigation into President Biden over his son’s business dealings in Ukraine and China on the basis of unproven allegations President Biden was improperly involved in them.

The IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment made outside working hours.

More to follow.

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