Hunter Biden Sues IRS Over Privacy Violation

    Hunter Biden Sues IRS Over Privacy Violation
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    The Facts

    • On Monday, Hunter Biden, son of Pres. Joe Biden, sued the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), alleging that the agency illegally released his confidential tax return information to the media.

    • The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Washington DC, does not name Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler — the former agents who turned whistleblowers — as defendants, but it’s focused on comments they made on television after testifying before Congress.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Hunter Biden is fighting back against those accusing him of crimes while attempting to tie his father to fabricated wrongdoings. Although he’s a public figure, Hunter Biden still has a right to privacy that neither whistleblowers from the IRS nor Congress have a right to violate — especially if they’re going to spread misinformation about him for political gains.

    Republican narrative

    This lawsuit is a brazen attack on IRS whistleblowers who have come forward to show how political interference has obstructed the Hunter Biden investigation. The president’s son continues to act as though he’s above the law rather than being accountable for his actions.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that President Joe Biden will have a net approval rating of at least -11.1 by November 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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