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NYT confirms IRS whistleblower claim about Hunter Biden probe, buries in 21st paragraph of report

By Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, arrives with wife Melissa Cohen Biden prior to President Biden awarding Presidential Medals of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 7, 2022. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

"But in mid-2022, Mr. Weiss reached out to the top federal prosecutor in Washington, Matthew Graves, to ask his office to pursue charges and was rebuffed, according to Mr. Shapley’s testimony," The Times wrote Tuesday. "A similar request to prosecutors in the Central District of California, which includes Los Angeles, was also rejected, Mr. Shapley testified. A second former I.R.S. official, who has not been identified, told House Republicans the same story. That episode was confirmed independently to The New York Times by a person with knowledge of the situation."

Notably, that confirmation wasn't mentioned until the 21st paragraph of the Times' lengthy report, titled "Competing Accounts of Justice Dept.’s Handling of Hunter Biden Case."

The Times did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

"As I said at the outset, Mr. Weiss, who was appointed by President Trump as the U.S. attorney in Delaware and assigned this matter during the previous administration, would be permitted to continue his investigation and to make a decision to prosecute any way in which he wanted to and in any district in which he wanted to. Mr. Weiss has since sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee confirming that he had that authority," the attorney general told reporters at the time, later adding, "He was given complete authority to make all decisions on his own behalf."

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The IRS whistleblowers made damning accusations against the DOJ but perhaps their biggest claim implicates the president.

As part of their testimony to Congress, a WhatsApp text message Hunter Biden allegedly sent to a Chinese business associate invoked his father as part of what Republicans say was an illicit extortion scheme.

"I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight," Hunter Biden allegedly wrote.

An attorney for Hunter Biden did not deny the message's authenticity, telling Fox News Digital in part, "Any verifiable words or actions of my client in the midst of a horrible addiction are solely his own and have no connection to anyone in his family." The White House Counsel's Office repeated its claim that President Biden "was not in business with his son."


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