IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel informed the agency’s employees about their right to disclosure to the U.S. Congress. Reports say previous dealings may have discouraged whistleblowers as they were not informed of their constitutional and statutory rights.On July 8, Chairman Jason Smith of the House Ways and Means Committee stated that previous dealings with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with its employees may have discouraged whistleblowers as they were not informed of their constitutional and statutory right to disclosure.
An article in the House Ways and Means Committee states that the IRS whistleblowers who informed the U.S. Congress about Hunter Biden, U.S. President Joe Biden’s son, receiving preferential treatment during a tax fraud investigation allegedly suffered retribution from the IRS and Department of Justice officials.
Fortunately, the IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel informed employees in a new memorandum about their right to disclosure to the Congress. The House and Senate Republicans also addressed a letter to Henry Kerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, requesting investigation and disciplinary action against the officials.
Right to Disclosure Against Hunter Biden
According to Picket, critics claimed that Hunter received a sweetheart deal on the two misdemeanor charges against him. However, whistleblower Gary Shapley and an anonymous IRS investigator informed the Congress that the Justice Department worked to block search warrants for Hunter which prevented a thorough investigation against him. Unfortunately, without knowledge of their right to disclosure, two IRS officials were removed from investigating Hunter and Shapley was blocked from a job promotion.