Hunter Biden launched a suit against the IRS Monday, arguing two agents wrongfully released his tax information as they spoke with congressional investigators about a Justice Department investigation into his taxes.
“This lawsuit is not about the legitimacy of the IRS investigation of Mr. Biden over the past five years or any decision to penalize Mr. Biden for any failure to comply with his obligations under the tax laws,” Biden’s attorneys wrote in the suit.
“Rather, the lawsuit is about the decision by IRS employees, their representatives, and others to disregard their obligations and repeatedly and intentionally publicly disclose and disseminate Mr. Biden’s protected tax return information outside the exceptions for making disclosures in the law,” it added later.
The suit points to testimony from two IRS agents that worked on the broader Justice Department, Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who alleged the Biden investigation was slow-walked by prosecutors.
The two men spoke with the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this summer and also testified before the House Oversight Committee in July.
But the suit targets what it says were “20 nationally televised and non-congressionally sanctioned interviews” discussing the investigation.
Biden’s suit seeks $1,000 for “each and every unauthorized disclosure of his tax return information” made by the two men.
“Mr. Biden has no fewer or lesser rights than any other American citizen, and no government agency or government agent has free reign to violate his rights simply because of who he is. 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 suit claims.
The Hill has reached out to the IRS for comment.
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