(NationalUSNews.com) — In his prepared statement to a joint hearing of the House Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees last week, IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler, who was previously anonymous, said he witnessed first-hand “the corrosion of ethical standards and the abuse of power” while investigating Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals, Fox News reported.
Ziegler is one of two IRS criminal investigators-turned-whistleblowers who testified last Wednesday on the Justice Department’s obstruction and political interference in the years-long investigation into Hunter’s business dealings.
In his previous closed testimony in the spring, Ziegler was known only as Whistleblower X. But before testifying before the committee last Wednesday, Ziegler went public in an interview with CBS News.
Ziegler revealed that he is a gay man and registered Democrat who is married to another man, insisting that he did not have a political agenda, nor did he come forward for political reasons.
In his prepared statement, Ziegler argued that without transparency, Americans will “lose their trust” in our institutions and warned that “the bonds that tie the fabric of our nation” will “start to fray.”
Ziegler maintained that he turned whistleblower because the public deserves to “know the truth” regardless of whether it is “uncomfortable or inconvenient” to either party.
During his testimony before the committee, Ziegler revealed that between 2014 and 2019, the Biden family raked in over $17 million in various multi-million-dollar payments from foreign nationals in Ukraine, China, and Romania. About half of that $17 million went to Hunter Biden.
Both Ziegler and fellow IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley provided evidence on how their investigation into Hunter’s foreign deals and taxes was obstructed by the Justice Department despite the overwhelming evidence they compiled.
They outlined how the Justice Department slow-walked the investigation, including preventing them from speaking with Hunter at his residence. The DOJ also tipped off Hunter’s lawyers on the ongoing investigation and delayed enforcement actions in the final months before the 2020 presidential election.
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