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Apr 1 9 tweets 3 min read
🧵: @EMPOWR_us has submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for more information about sexual misconduct and other inappropriate behavior by Michael Christman, head of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. The FBI describes CJIS as a "high-tech hub in the hills of West Virginia," and it houses programs like the National Crime Information Center, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Bioterrorism Risk Assessment Group, and more. fbi.gov/services/cjis
Mar 27 6 tweets 3 min read
Congress should have a strong interest in defending the tax whistleblower provision *it created* at 26 USC 6103(f)(5) ("Disclosure by whistleblower"), which allows those with access to confidential taxpayer information to blow the whistle to @WaysandMeansGOP or @SenateFinance.
Image @WaysandMeansGOP @SenateFinance The provision was added by the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. Why was it introduced? "The [Senate Finance] Committee believes that it is appropriate to have the opportunity to receive tax return information directly from whistleblowers." congress.gov/105/crpt/srpt1…
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Mar 27 9 tweets 4 min read
Today at 1 pm PT there is a hearing on Hunter Biden's various pre-trial motions to dismiss.

His attorneys have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the government in an effort to get the charges dropped. On February 20 they filed *8* motions to dismiss on various grounds.

(They also filed a "motion to strike surplusage" because they didn't like that the indictment referenced "Mr. Biden's 'extravagant lifestyle' and other gratuitous descriptors," as they put it.)

Special Counsel Weiss's office has done a good job knocking down most of Abbe Lowell's silly arguments. But there is one area where Weiss's interests are aligned with Hunter Biden's: not being happy about IRS Special Agents Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler blowing the whistle to Congress. So we'll be watching to see if that manifests itself in today's hearing.

It's already outrageous that after the IRS whistleblowers highlighted how Weiss and his office had allowed political pressures to infect their decisionmaking, Weiss was still appointed Special Counsel. There is no way he can impartially examine the misconduct OF HIMSELF AND HIS OWN OFFICE.

Now, Weiss and his team may be tempted to use today's hearing for CYA on that front, but it would be *entirely* inappropriate for Weiss's office to be opining to Hunter Biden's lawyers or Judge Scarsi on the propriety of the IRS agents blowing the whistle. Weiss has way too much personal skin in the game. Meanwhile, in another case dealing with some of the same issues...
Feb 28 4 tweets 2 min read
🚨 Note the irony that the FBI says Marcus Allen’s family isn’t allowed to accept small-dollar charitable contributions because of government ethics rules…

Yet Joe Biden’s family can receive millions of dollars from corrupt foreign actors and everyone pretends that’s ok. When we noted to the FBI that the funds were raised to support Marcus’s family in a time of need, rather than tied to his FBI duties in any way, this is where they pointed us…

[Can’t indirectly accept a gift because of a family member’s relationship to a government official.]
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Feb 26 7 tweets 2 min read
"In contrast to the Russia-collusion hoax, which rested solely on the Steele dossier to paint Trump as a Putin patsy, evidence of Biden family corruption is comprehensive, diverse, and comes from their own mouths, texts, emails, and loyalists." thefederalist.com/2024/02/26/dem… "So it’s appalling to see the Biden corruption deniers’ manipulation of the Smirnov indictment to launch another Russia-collusion hoax, promising the American public that the entirety of the Biden corruption scandal and Hunter Biden’s legal problems is a Russian disinformation campaign designed to interfere in the 2024 presidential election."
Jan 31 14 tweets 5 min read
🚨🚨🚨 @EMPOWR_us has learned through whistleblowers within ATF that at the direction of the White House, ATF has drafted a 1,300 page document to justify a rule effectively banning the private sale of firearms. 🧵 @EMPOWR_us The whistleblowers say the rule is being drafted by Senior Policy Counsel Eric Epstein, who worked as the Phoenix Field Office's Division Counsel during Operation Wide Received (a precursor of Operation Fast and Furious).
Jan 23 11 tweets 4 min read
It's been two years since the FBI suspended Marcus Allen's Top Secret security clearance merely for questioning FBI Director Chris Wray's congressional testimony. This American patriot been in limbo without pay almost ever since as he's appealed. empowr.us/empower-oversi… On the eve of Marcus and me testifying before the @Weaponization Subcommittee in April 2023, the FBI leaked information about his clearance suspension to the @nytimes. It included new, demonstrably false allegations the FBI had literally never even asked Allen about before.
Dec 15, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
“Congress has assembled a growing body of evidence that Hunter Biden’s dealings with a Chinese energy company that landed the family millions of dollars in 2017 actually began in 2015 and may have involved a meeting with his father [while] VP.” justthenews.com/accountability… “In recent weeks, congressional investigators have sharpened their focus on evidence indicating that Hunter Biden may have consummated the CEFC relationship much earlier than previously known, while his father was still Barack Obama’s vice president.”
Dec 8, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
"What was missing from the lengthy indictment...was anything new of substance. On the contrary, the charges were so straightforward and stale that it’s incomprehensible they were not brought against Hunter Biden in 2019 or early 2020. The only logical explanation for the delay in charging Hunter was to interfere in the 2020 election by refraining from the Democrat candidate’s son."
"Earlier testimony from the IRS whistleblowers bolsters that conclusion. The agents who came forward...claimed the investigation was slow-walked and that they were prevented from taking investigative steps long before the November 2020 election."
Dec 1, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read
🚨🚨 Unreal: @WaysMeansCmte Ranking Member @RepRichardNeal is literally making up facts in advance of Tuesday's hearing with IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler next Tuesday: . 🧵democrats-waysandmeans.house.gov/media-center/p… I don't know if this is one of those "turn your biggest weakness into a strength" attempts, but Rep. Neal is purporting to quote IRS supervisor Darrell Waldon, someone who literally hid from the Committee that he was involved at all in SSA Shapley's removal from the case.
Nov 7, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
This whole exchange with Sen. Hagerty has NOT aged well for AG Garland now that we know his DOJ denied USA Weiss special attorney authority before going to Capitol Hill to declare sunshine and rainbows in the Hunter Biden investigation. Similarly, consider Garland's testimony on March 1 of this year:
GRASSLEY: In April 2022, you testified to Senator Hagerty that the Hunter Biden investigation was insulated from political interference because it was assigned to, as you just now told me, to the Delaware attorney's office. However that could be misleading because without special counsel authority, he could need permission of another U.S. attorney in certain circumstances to bring charges outside the district of Delaware. I would like clarification from you with respect to these concerns.
GARLAND: The U.S. attorney in Delaware has been advised that he has full authority to make those kinds of referrals that you're talking about or to bring cases in other jurisdictions if he feels it's necessary.
Oct 26, 2023 13 tweets 4 min read
.@EMPOWR_us responded to the FBI's proposal to revoke the security clearance of Marcus Allen. Internal FBI documents make clear their entire clearance review was initiated because he made protected disclosures re: Director Wray's honesty before Congress. empowr.us/empower-oversi… @EMPOWR_us Allen had an excellent record both in the Marine Corps and in the FBI's Charlotte Field Office, where he was hired in 2015 and awarded their Employee of the Year Award in 2019. Image
Sep 27, 2023 32 tweets 15 min read
🧵@WaysandMeansGOP voted to release all these IRS whistleblower documents pursuant to its legal authority under 26 USC 6103. Some items to point your attention to regarding the investigation... waysandmeans.house.gov/event/meeting-… @WaysandMeansGOP ➡️The FBI Form 302 summarizing its March 28, 2019 interview with Gal Luft. gop-waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/upl…
Sep 16, 2023 34 tweets 15 min read
🧵 I appreciate that @lukebroadwater drew from many transcripts for this story. But I think it obscures some important context from the congressional interview transcripts, which have been provided to us by press sources. SAC Waldon’s comment about “unsubstantiated allegations” appears to be broadly referring to SSA Shapley’s allegations that U.S. Attorney Weiss had an ax to grind against SSA Shapley after his protected disclosures in the 10/7 meeting saying the investigation had been mishandled.
Sep 15, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
🚨🚨 Hunter Biden's attorneys are amping up their outrageous attempts to get the IRS whistleblowers prosecuted. The law is clearly on our side, and saying otherwise again and again doesn't make it true. But that hasn't stopped them from lashing out. 🧵

politico.com/news/2023/09/1… Whether their goal is to actually effect a retaliatory prosecution of the whistleblowers, argue a tainted jury pool in the gun case, or just muddy the waters on the entire process is unclear. (Maybe it's all of the above!) Regardless, this shows how clearly desperate they are.
Sep 5, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
@ProfMJCleveland @ChuckGrassley AUSA Wolf likely already influenced Weiss's views before the NYT article. A week before it came out she'd said there was "no specific criminality" to asking questions about Joe Biden, despite knowing the bribery allegations, and prohibited questions along those lines. Image @ProfMJCleveland @ChuckGrassley My real question is whether Wolf or Baltimore FBI agents weren't actually among the sources for the NYT article. Tell me this part of the article doesn't sound like jealousy over turf. nytimes.com/2020/12/11/us/…
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Aug 24, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
“Two IRS whistleblowers recently confirmed that the expiration of potential tax felony crimes was raised with Weiss and the Department of Justice (DOJ)…The two witnesses testified that the Justice Department…allowed the statute of limitations [for 2014-2015] to expire.” “These two whistleblowers — and, more recently, a former FBI agent — said that the DOJ tipped off the Biden team on attempts to interview Hunter and to conduct searches. They describe an investigation that was anything but [a] ‘routine’ matter.”
Aug 23, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
“The following story chronicles the efforts of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden to deal with Viktor Shokin on parallel tracks that would eventually thrust both the United States and Ukraine into five years of scandal that have cast a pall over two consecutive American presidents.” “The decision by Biden and his…policymakers to try to force Shokin’s firing evolved over several days before he left for the Dec. 2015 trip to Kyiv. For weeks beforehand, U.S. officials at State, Treasury and Justice recommended Ukraine get its $1 billion in loan guarantees.”
Aug 22, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
For starters, noting the length of the investigation just supports what the IRS whistleblowers disclosed: the (3-year) investigation should have moved much faster, but the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office slow-walked it. The whistleblowers have explained why there was “no action.” If by “DOJ” @eliehonig means various Biden-appointed officials at Main Justice or U.S. Attorneys Matt Graves and Martin Estrada then he’s correct—they have moved towards a very lenient disposition. But the “pattern” for Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss is the exact opposite.
Aug 20, 2023 26 tweets 11 min read
🧵Having read the Politico and NYT stories that came out tonight thanks to Hunter Biden's legal team handing all their emails over to the press, I have several thoughts. /1 First and foremost, it's shocking on its face that prosecutors were willing to let Hunter Biden off scot free. But piecing together the two stories with what we already know, they raise even more alarm bells about how this case was handled. /2
Aug 14, 2023 14 tweets 6 min read
🧵 It’s not just what the public learned at the recent plea hearing that caused Weiss to lose credibility. While there have long been calls for a special counsel, there have been several developments since 33 Senate Republicans wrote on 9/19/22 endorsing Weiss for the job. 1) On May 15, 2023—less than two weeks after Mark Lytle and I met with House and Senate Democrats and Republicans to outline SSA Shapley’s disclosures—Weiss oversaw the removal of SSA Shapley and SA Ziegler from the investigation of the President’s son.