IRS whistleblower's notes from critical meeting sent to House Oversight Committee

September 14, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

Hunter Biden and the Biden family are presumably sweating just a little harder in recent days, especially after a certain handwritten note from an IRS whistleblower was just released. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Gary Shapley, a 14-year veteran IRS agent, provided bombshell testimony earlier this year about a controversial meeting in which he was involved in October of last year regarding how U.S. Attorney David Weiss claimed he didn't have the authority to charge Hunter Biden with certain tax crimes.

Shapely took handwritten notes of the meeting, and the document was released by his attorneys this week.

The note corroborates Shapely's earlier testimony.

What happened?

According to Shapely, Weiss, now a special counsel on the Hunter Biden case, said he didn't have the authority to charge Hunter Biden at the time and was rejected by the Department of Justice (DOJ) when he requested special counsel powers.

"Weiss stated — He is not the deciding person," the note indicated.

Shapely added in his notes: "USA CA — [Martin] Estrada in charge of authorizing these charges in that jurisdiction + Weiss requested Special Counsel status in D.C. + Main DOJ said 'no' — follow the process."

The Examiner noted:

He added, "Not going to charge 14/15," a reference to Shapley allegedly discovering at the meeting that Weiss's team of prosecutors had decided not to charge Biden for any tax crimes he may have committed in 2014 and 2015.

The point of releasing Shapely's notes regarding the October, 2022 meeting was to dispute recent testimony by FBI agent Thomas Sobocinski, who told the House Oversight Committee last week that he didn't think Weiss indicated at the meeting that he lacked the authority to charge Hunter Biden.

Letter sent

Shapely's critical notes were accompanied by a letter to the Oversight Committee written by his attorneys at a whistleblower protection group called Empower Oversight.

The attorneys aimed to ensure that committee members have the ability to "assess the truthfulness and reliability" of the FBI agent's testimony.

"Mr. Sobocinski reportedly failed to recall in his interview with Committee staff certain details of the meeting recorded in SSA Shapley’s email," Shapley's attorneys wrote.

They added, "However, Mr. Sobocinski apparently acknowledged that he took no notes in the meeting, nor did he document it in any contemporaneous fashion afterwards. By contrast, SSA Shapley took notes during the meeting. These notes, combined with his fresh memory of the meeting, formed the basis for the email he sent later that day and corroborate his current recollection."

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