Democrat President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over claims the federal agency “sought to embarrass” him while investigating his tax crimes.
Hunter Biden’s attorneys filed the lawsuit on Monday.
The suit alleges that agents have “targeted” the president’s son while investigating his alleged tax offenses.
Biden’s Monday morning filing cites two major examples in IRS agents Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler.
The agents are the two whistleblowers who claimed the IRS mishandled aspects of its investigation into Hunter Biden.
Biden’s lawsuit seeks for the court to declare that the IRS “willfully, knowingly, and/or by gross negligence, unlawfully disclosed Mr. Biden’s confidential tax information.”
In addition, Hunter Biden is demanding $1,000 in damages for “each and every unauthorized disclosure of his tax returns.”
They include disclosures that happened after the fact.
The IRS has yet to respond publicly to the lawsuit.
Hunter’s lawsuit states:
“Biden is the son of the President of the United States.
“He has all the same responsibilities as any other American citizen, and the IRS can and should make certain that he abides by those responsibilities.
“Similarly, Mr. Biden has no fewer or lesser rights than any other American citizen, and no government agency or government agent has free rein to violate his rights simply because of who he is,” the complaint says.
“Yet, the IRS and its agents have conducted themselves under a presumption that the rights that apply to every other American citizen do not apply to Mr. Biden.”
The lawsuit goes on to allege that IRS agents Shapley and Ziegler “targeted and sought to embarrass” Hunter Biden through statements to the media.
The suit clarifies that the pair of agents are only the “most recent” example of the alleged activity.
Shapley and Zielger testified before the House Oversight Committee earlier this year, as Slay News reported.
The two agents both said they faced various limitations when tasked with investigating the president’s son.
Biden’s lawsuit argues the pair’s status as whistleblowers “cannot and does not shield them from their wrongful conduct in making unauthorized public disclosures that are not permitted by the whistleblower process.”
The news comes amid mounting allegations about Joe and Hunter Biden’s foreign influence-peddling schemes.
As Slay News reported earlier, a video from 2005 has emerged that shows Joe and Hunter Biden discussing business during a political event.
The Bidens appear to be working the room with Joe Biden speaking with potential clients while his son exchanges contact information.
The C-span clip catches the Bidens discussing business in front of the camera.
The footage directly conflicts with President Biden’s claims that he’s never been involved with his son’s business deals.