IRS whistleblowers say new Hunter Biden charges 'complete vindication' for them

December 9, 2023

IRS whistleblowers who alleged that Hunter Biden hadn't paid his taxes and wasn't being held accountable by the agency said that the new charges against him are a "complete vindication" of their testimony against him.

"Eight months ago, we did something ordinary people don’t do: we risked our careers and reputations to bring the truth out of the shadows and into the light," Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler said in a joint statement. "We were moved solely by our consciences yet faced continual attacks. Nevertheless, in the face of all odds, we never wavered from what we shared with Congress."

The new charges against Biden include three felonies and six misdemeanors. At least $1.4 million in taxes were not paid by Biden between 2017 and 2020. Other years could have been included but had passed the statute of limitations.

Hunter Biden “spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills,” special counsel David Weiss said in a statement. The taxes were later paid by a Democrat donor.

Biden faces up to 17 years in prison for this set of charges against him. Other gun charges are also pending.

The whistleblowers said the charges against Biden are "about equal treatment of taxpayers under the law" and underscore "the wide agreement by investigators and prosecutors that the evidence supported charges against Hunter Biden."