And it turns out that he is the Democrats' and Bidens' biggest nightmare: He's an IRS special agent who is a gay Democrat married to a man, according to reports.
“At this full committee hearing, the American people will hear from IRS whistleblowers who possess critical information related to the committee’s investigation into the Biden family’s influence peddling schemes,” said an announcement from the committee ahead of the hearing. “In addition, the whistleblowers will testify about the politicization and misconduct at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with respect to the Hunter Biden investigation.”
Comer added: “Since taking the gavel in January, the Committee on Oversight and Accountability has made rapid progress in our investigation into the Biden family’s domestic and international business dealings to determine whether these activities compromise U.S. national security and President Biden’s ability to lead with impartiality.
"From the thousands of financial records we’ve obtained, we know the Biden family set up over 20 shell companies, engaged in intentionally complicated financial transactions with foreign adversaries, and made a concerted effort to hide the payments and avoid scrutiny," he said.
Then, the fireworks really began.
“The identity of the anonymous IRS whistleblower alleging political misconduct throughout the Hunter Biden investigation has been revealed as special agent Joseph Ziegler — a gay Democrat with more than a dozen years serving within the agency’s criminal investigative division,” Fox News reported on Wednesday.
“Ziegler appeared for the first time publicly before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, alongside his IRS supervisor Gary Shapley, who also has blown the whistle on political influence surrounding prosecutorial decisions throughout the years-long federal probe into the president’s son,” the report added.
The outlet noted that Ziegler has been with the IRS for 13 years, so obviously, he's no rookie.
Fox reported further that Ziegler is expected to testify that Hunter Biden “should have been charged with a tax felony, and not only the tax misdemeanor charge,” and that texts and communications investigators reviewed “may be a contradiction to what President Biden was saying about not being involved in Hunter’s oversea business dealings.”
In addition, Fox News reported that he is expected to discuss the “corrosion of ethical standards and the abuse of power that threaten our nation” he says he witnessed.
Ziegler is also expected to reveal a number of instances in which federal prosecutors “did not follow the ordinary process, slow-walked the investigation, and put in place unnecessary approvals and roadblocks from effectively and efficiently investigating the case,” including prosecutors preventing the questioning of Hunter Biden’s adult children.
The special agent will also implore Congress and the Biden administration to “consider a special counsel” for the Hunter Biden probe and “all the related cases and spin-off investigations that have come forward from this investigation.”
And, Fox noted, it is anticipated that Ziegler will press Congress to consider “establishing an official channel for Federal investigators to pull the emergency cord and raise the issue of the appointment of a special counsel for consideration by your senior officials.”
The network went on to report:
Shapley, who has participated in multiple media interviews since the House Ways & Means Committee released his transcribed interview last month, is expected to testify that prosecutors “had decided to conceal some evidence from the investigators” that they found on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“The warrants were ready as early as April 2020, but the Delaware USAO pushed them off until after the November 2020 election and then never pursued them,” Shapley testified.
“After an electronic search warrant on Hunter Biden’s Apple iCloud account led us to WhatsApp messages with several CEFC China Energy executives where he claimed to be sitting and discussing business with his father Joe Biden, we sought permission to follow up on the information in the messages,” Shapley added. “Prosecutors would not allow it.”