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The former top FBI agent overseeing the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden has corroborated key details in IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley's testimony, according to the House Oversight Committee.
The FBI supervisory special agent formerly assigned to the bureau's Wilmington office in Delaware and the Biden criminal investigation sat down with committee staff Monday for a transcribed interview, in which he discussed possible efforts by the Biden transition team and the Secret Service to hinder the probe into possible crimes committed by the first son.
Afterward, Committee Chairman James Comer (R) issued a statement, noting that the FBI agent, named in Shapley's witness testimony, "confirmed key portions of the IRS whistleblower's testimony."
The FBI agent and IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley were reportedly assigned to interview Hunter Biden as part of the criminal investigation. This interview was set to take place on Dec. 8, 2020.
"The night before the interview of Hunter Biden, both Secret Service headquarters and the Biden transition team were tipped off about the planned interview," said Comer.
Shapley stated in his May 26 whistleblower testimony that "Hunter Biden was assigned Secret Service protection on or around our December 3rd meeting. So we developed a plan for the FBI Los Angeles special agent in charge to reach out at 8 a.m. on December 8th to the Secret Service Los Angeles special agent in charge and tell them that we would be coming to the residence to seek an interview with Hunter Biden and that it was part of an official investigation."
According to the House committee, Shapley and the FBI supervisory agent learned on the eve of the interview that FBI headquarters — then as now helmed by Director Christopher Wray — notified Secret Service headquarters about the interview and the Biden transition team subsequently caught word.
The tip-off allegedly "frustrated their investigative efforts because people found out who didn't need to know."
The former FBI special agent's account comports with Shapley's testimony, where the IRS veteran said, "This essentially tipped off a group of people very close to President Biden and Hunter Biden and gave this group an opportunity to obstruct the approach on the witness."
Comer indicated that "on the day of the Hunter Biden interview, federal agents were told to stand by and could not approach Hunter Biden—they had to wait for his call."
Not only were they instructed not to approach the first son, they were told not to approach Hunter Biden's house. Instead, they idled in a car nearby, waiting to be summoned — something the former FBI supervisory special agent said he never before been told to do.
The first son's beckon call appears to have never come granted neither Shapley nor the former FBI supervisory special agent never got to interview Hunter Biden. Shapley indicated that the phone call the FBI special agent ultimately received was from his assistant special agent in charge, Alfred Watson, "who informed us that Hunter Biden would contact us through his attorneys."
The attorneys later told Shapley and the former FBI special agent that they would not be permitted to speak to their client.
In response to the verifying interview with the former FBI agent Monday, Comer said that the "Justice Department's efforts to cover up for the Bidens reveals a two-tiered system of justice that sickens the American people."
The New York Post, which did not hear back from the White House or Hunter Biden's attorneys after its requests for comments, reported that Hunter's first court date is set for next week.
A judge has yet to approve the sweetheart deal Hunter Biden's attorneys struck with U.S. Attorney Davie Weiss, which would require him only to "plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges of failure to pay in 2017 and 2018."
The House Ways and Means Committee released a second IRS whistleblower testimony last month, which alleged that Hunter Biden, with whom the president appears to have been involved in an alleged foreign bribery scheme, also deducted tens of thousands of dollars in payments he made to prostitutes and a sex club from his taxes and possibly also broke sex-trafficking laws.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.