House Speaker Kevin McCarthy presented a video to House Republicans on Tuesday, featuring President Biden defending his family’s business dealings while IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley claimed that the IRS investigation into Hunter Biden was hindered, preventing potential leads to President Biden. The video, obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital, showcases Biden’s statements defending his family’s actions, juxtaposed with Shapley’s allegations.
Shapley, along with another whistleblower, is expected to testify before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee on Wednesday, asserting that the Justice Department interfered in the IRS investigation of Hunter Biden and his business activities. The hearing marks the culmination of investigations by the Oversight, House Judiciary, and Ways & Means committees, focused on both Hunter Biden and President Biden’s brother, James Biden.
A source familiar with McCarthy’s efforts stated that the video is being used to update the broader House Republican conference on the progress of the Biden family investigation. This highlights the significance House GOP leaders attribute to the Biden probe, which has been a priority for Republicans since assuming the House majority.
The investigation into the Bidens has served as a unifying issue within the ideologically diverse Republican conference. McCarthy’s video presentation and Wednesday’s hearing come at a time when the speaker is contending with intense spending debates, particularly in defense and other annual appropriations, given the closely divided House and the growing influence of a small faction of conservative hardliners.
Although House Republicans differ on several matters, suspicions of wrongdoing by the president’s family members have largely united them. Last month, Hunter Biden reached a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney in Delaware, admitting guilt to misdemeanor tax charges and a felony count related to firearms possession, following a lengthy investigation into his foreign business dealings in Ukraine and China.
The two-minute video compilation, privately shown to lawmakers, features news clips from the 2020 presidential debates. It includes Biden defending his son’s foreign work while news anchors reveal ongoing investigations into James and Hunter Biden. The video also addresses flagged transactions linked to the Bidens by U.S. banks and the White House’s characterization of their dealings as “private matters.”
IRS agent Gary Shapley, a 14-year veteran, has alleged interference by the Justice Department in the Hunter Biden investigation he was involved in. He claims that efforts to obtain special counsel status and bring charges in other districts were denied, contradicting Attorney General Merrick Garland’s assertions of independence. However, U.S. Attorney David Weiss, appointed under the Trump administration, has denied these allegations in a letter to Senate Judiciary ranking member Lindsey Graham.
The video presentation and upcoming testimony contribute to the ongoing scrutiny of the Biden family’s business dealings and the impact it may have on the political landscape.