A former FBI agent who played a role in the Hunter Biden investigation has provided supporting evidence for a significant claim made by whistleblower and IRS supervisory special agent Gary Shapley. The retired FBI supervisory special agent, whose identity remains undisclosed, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability on July 17. The committee recently released a transcript of the closed-door session, shedding light on the agent’s testimony.
The ex-agent’s testimony corroborates allegations by Shapley that President Joe Biden’s transition team had received advanced notice about the FBI’s plan to interview Hunter Biden. The agent affirmed that he had been notified on the evening before the expected interview, scheduled for December 8, 2020, that the Biden transition team had been informed. This advance notice raised concerns for the agent, who expressed that certain individuals did not need to know about the FBI’s intentions.
Furthermore, the Secret Service, responsible for guarding Hunter Biden at the time, was also alerted about the upcoming interview. The former agent believed it was justifiable to inform the Secret Service of the FBI’s plan. Although the Secret Service was expected to receive the notification on the morning of the interview, the ex-agent recalled that he and Shapley were awaiting a phone call from Hunter Biden to proceed with the interview. However, that call never materialized, and the interview did not take place.
The former agent’s testimony aligns with assertions made by Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, an IRS lead case agent involved in investigating Hunter Biden’s financial dealings and overseas business activities. Both Shapley and Ziegler expressed concerns about political influences infecting the investigation through the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Ziegler, a 13-year veteran of the IRS, testified before the House Oversight Committee in July, highlighting the erosion of ethical standards and abuse of power within the investigative process. His aim was not to assign blame but to emphasize accountability and the need for reform to address systemic issues that enable misconduct to persist.
These revelations raise questions about the transparency and impartiality of the investigation into Hunter Biden and underscore the significance of safeguarding the integrity of law enforcement processes from political influence.