Jim Jordan goes after Merrick Garland over whistleblower retaliation

2HT4017 Representative Jim Jordan (Oh) is interviewed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC22) in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, acting in his capacity as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is demanding answers from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding allegations of retaliation against an IRS whistleblower who provided testimony about Hunter Biden’s taxes.

In a letter shared by the House Judiciary Committee on Twitter, Jordan informed Garland of the ongoing investigation surrounding allegations of whistleblower retaliation.

“Recently, the Committee learned that the Department requested the removal of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent – who is also a whistleblower – and ‘his entire investigative team’ from a ‘high-profile, controversial’ ongoing investigation,” he wrote.

Jordan noted, “Federal law protects whistleblowers from retaliation.”

As previously reported by RSBN, the whistleblower in question recently went public with his identity during an interview on CBS. He identified himself as Gary Shapley, a supervisory specialist who has been with the IRS for 14 years. Further, Shapley was responsible for leading a team of 12 IRS agents who alerted on alleged red flags linked to tax information for Hunter Biden.

Jordan has asked that Garland provide a list of requested documentation regarding communications surrounding the removal of Shapley and his team. Garland has been asked to provide the requested documents no later than June 8, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

“You should construe this preservation notice as an instruction to take all reasonable steps to prevent the destruction or alternation, whether intentionally or negligently, of all documents, communications, and other information, including electronic information and metadata, that are or may be responsive to this congressional inquiry,” Jordan continued.

Per RSBN, supervisory agent Shapley has alleged that the DOJ “slow-walked” their investigation into the information he provided about Hunter Biden’s taxes.

“These deviations from normal process… each and every time have seemed to always benefit the subject,” he said during his CBS interview.

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