Abbe is shabby suing IRS

Featured image Abbe Lowell is the high-powered Washington attorney masterminding the defense of Hunter Biden. His theory is that the best defense is a good offense. Lowell entered the scene with an intimidating volley of criminal referrals and cease-and-desist letters this past February. He has asked federal and state prosecutors to investigate John Paul Mac Isaac and others he accused of disseminating Biden’s personal data. He also threatened former Fox News host »

Beware the IRS

Featured image Few things in life can blow one’s day more than receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service that your tax return is being examined or audited.  Following a nearly decade-long dispute with the IRS over returns filed in 2013 and 2014, the United States Tax Court ultimately sided with LakePoint Land Group, a Georgia LLC, on Tuesday. The court determined that one of the IRS agents handling the case »

Where we are now

Featured image Posted yesterday, Andrew McCarthy’s weekly NRO column is “The Biden Family’s History of Influence-Peddling, Explained” (behind NRO’s paywall). It lays out the template of the Biden family business in Romania and then applies it to Ukraine. It is long, lucid, and devastating. NRO has also posted the long editorial “The Jaw-Dropping Hunter Biden–Investigation Revelations.” The editorial is accessible and provides a useful review of what we have learned so far »

A Kinsley Gaffe

Featured image A Kinsley gaffe, of course, is when a politician inadvertently tells the truth. So, a footnote to yesterday’s IRS whistleblower hearing: Congressman Kweisi Mfume of Maryland denounces the Republicans’ criticisms of the Department of Justice, the FBI and the IRS. Why? Because it is the job of those agencies to “keep this democracy in check.” That is perhaps, in a single sentence, the clearest statement of the difference between the »

IRS whistleblowers testify

Featured image IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler (as we learned today) have given their impressive, powerful, and highly credible statements to the House Oversight Committee on the farcical investigation of Hunter Biden. As I write, the hearing is in progress with the absurd participation of House Democrats. The Democrats too have the spirit of comedy, each in his or her own way. To a man, woman, or somewhere in between, »

Confirming the IRS whistleblowers

Featured image In the matter of the Biden family business and the protection thereof, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer announced that staff conducted a transcribed interview with a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent assigned to the FBI’s Wilmington office and the Biden criminal investigation. Comer let it be known that the former agent confirmed key portions of the IRS whistleblower testimony — i.e., on December 7, 2020, “[t]he night before the »

Senator Grassley inquires

Featured image Senator Grassley worked over the weekend to crank out some questions for United States Attorney David Weiss in connection with his shambolic “investigation” of Hunter Biden. Senator Grassley has posted his July 9 letter to Weiss online here. The operative principle governing the Weiss investigation seems to have been that no harm was to be done to Hunter or the Biden family business. Indeed, no one was to look too »

Gary Shapley does Fox News

Featured image IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley appeared for an interview over two segments on Special Report with Bret Baier last night. I have posted video of the first of the two segments below. Fox News has posted stories on the interview here and here. Shapley blows the whistle on the Department of Justice’s “investigation” of Hunter Biden’s tax crimes. As with other famous scofflaws of American history, Biden’s tax crimes open a »

Hunter Biden’s “fair” tax share

Featured image The Wall Street Journal contemplates “Hunter Biden’s ‘fair’ tax share” with the help of the testimony of the IRS whistleblowers released late last week. The Journal editorial bears on a number of issues including the Bide/Dem/left-wing mantra about “the rich” paying their “fair share” (what is it, by the way?) and the nature of the deal that the Biden Department of Justice has extended to Hunter. Here is the summary »

Is the cover-up unraveling?

Featured image House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith has just released the committee’s transcribed interview with IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and an unidentified colleague. The interviews took place on May 26 and June 1. Redacted interview transcripts are accessible online here at the bottom of Smith’s press release. Smith’s press release provides this quote: Whistleblowers describe how the Biden Justice Department intervened and overstepped in a campaign to protect the »

The talented Mr. “Haus”

Featured image The Wall Street Journal draws attention to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s letter to the IRS in the editorial “The IRS Makes Another House Call.” Subhead: “The House GOP wants to know about the case of the talented ‘Bill Haus.’” The subhead alludes to Patricia Highsmith’s talented Mr. Ripley — the pathological impostor/murderer. The committee has posted a press release on the incident giving rise to Jordan’s letter here. »

Don’t shoot Matt Taibbi either, take 4

Featured image Matt Taibbi published the subscribers-only post “My crazy IRS case” on May 24 at his Racket News site. I picked it up and quoted from it in part 2 of this series on the deep-state harassment of Taibbi. Taibbi’s post on his IRS case is now available in the video below, narrated by Jared Moore. I can only add that attention must be paid, or so one would think. »

Don’t shoot Matt Taibbi either, take 3

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel turns her attention to the IRS — the cases of Matt Taibbi (discussed here yesterday) and Gary Shapley (discussed in the adjacent post this morning). Strassel notes that Taibbi “may have been targeted by the IRS in retribution for documenting the joint censorship efforts of Big Tech and the federal government.” Coincidences abound. In particular: Mr. Taibbi in March told the »

Don’t shoot Matt Taibbi either, take 2

Featured image Following up on “Don’t shoot Matt Taibbi either,” I want to note Matt Taibbi’s subscribers-only post “My crazy IRS case.” Taibbi has of course been a key contributor to the Twitter Files. In his Twitter Files reporting Taibbi has documented the government/social media censorship industrial complex led by the FBI. See, for example, his December 24, 2022 Twitter Files thread “Twitter and ‘other government agencies.'” The FBI disapproved of Taibbi’s »

Somebody up there likes him

Featured image John Solomon opens his intensely interesting Just the New story with an appropriately Faulknerian lead sentence: A decorated supervisory IRS agent has reported to the Justice Department’s top watchdog that federal prosecutors appointed by Joe Biden have engaged in “preferential treatment and politics” to block criminal tax charges against presidential son Hunter Biden, providing evidence as a whistleblower that conflicts with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s recent testimony to Congress that »

As Matt Taibbi Testified About Weaponization of the Government, the IRS Made a Housecall

Featured image A funny thing happened while journalist Matt Taibbi was testifying before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government in Washington, D.C., nearly three weeks ago. Agents from the Internal Revenue Service showed up at his New Jersey residence. Because Taibbi was not at home, they left a note on his door, asking him to contact them the following Monday. The Wall Street Journal reported: Mr. Taibbi was »

The Trump tax returns

Featured image Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee released six years of former President Trump’s tax returns yesterday. Politico has posted them here. When the New York Times followed up with an emailed notice that it had published “Key Takeaways From Trump’s Tax Returns” with a “running list of insights” by three reporters, I took a look at their findings. Carter Page was under intrusive federal surveillance by the national »