DOJ sued over Hunter Biden testimony tax case

 March 24, 2024

The House Judiciary Committee has taken legal action against Justice Department officials Mark Daly and Jack Morgan to enforce subpoenas compelling their testimony regarding the Hunter Biden tax investigation, as part of the broader House impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

Daly and Morgan, both involved in the Hunter Biden tax investigation and initial decisions not to prosecute, face allegations from Republicans.

The committee's move

The committee aims to question them about their decisions, including their initial support for charges for the 2014 and 2015 tax years and subsequent reversals, as well as any external pressures that may have influenced their actions.

Subpoenas were issued to Daly and Morgan in September 2023 and February 2024, but they did not comply, citing instructions from the Justice Department not to appear. The lawsuit filed by the committee names both men in their official capacity as DOJ employees.

"To craft effective legislative reforms and to determine whether President Biden has committed an impeachable offense, it must have all the facts," the suit stated.

While expressing a commitment to cooperating with Congress, the Justice Department criticized the committee's pursuit of testimony from line prosecutors involved in ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Despite offering senior DOJ officials for testimony, the department deemed the committee's approach as potentially compromising the integrity of ongoing legal proceedings.

Republicans act

House Republicans have scrutinized prosecutorial decisions in the Hunter Biden investigation, alleging potential political interference.

Special counsel David Weiss charged Hunter Biden in December with multiple tax-related offenses, alleging a four-year scheme to evade taxes totaling $1.4 million.

Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to the charges. The indictment accused him of engaging in a scheme to evade taxes and filing false returns, using his company Owasco, PC, to divert funds for personal expenses.

The whistleblowers

IRS whistleblowers hailed the charges against Hunter Biden as a vindication of their years-long investigation, alleging that prosecutorial decisions were influenced by politics.

They criticized the Justice Department for not pursuing charges related to Hunter Biden's failure to pay federal income taxes for 2014 and 2015, claiming that the statute of limitations was allowed to expire.

The legal proceedings highlight the complexities and controversies surrounding the Hunter Biden tax investigation, with implications for both political and legal arenas.

The lawsuit underscores the tensions between Congress and the Justice Department over the disclosure of information related to ongoing investigations, while the allegations of political interference add further scrutiny to the case.

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