U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) recently questioned an IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler on whether or not there was evidence of wrongdoing by President Joe Biden. However, Ziegler had trouble answering due to Sewell's repeated interruptions.
The exchange was detailed in recently released transcripts from the House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell began by asking if there was any evidence of any illegality on behalf of Joe Biden, demanding a "yes-or-no answer." When Zeigler obliged, responding "yes," Sewell followed up.
"Please show me the direct evidence that is not being refuted by your supervisor or by other people that actually proves that Joe Biden did something unlawful, illegal," Sewell said.
Zeigler responded, "So in exhibit [two], Hunter Biden states in his email that his original agreement..."
Before Zeigler could complete the sentence, Sewell cut him off, demanding Zeigler answer "yes or no."
What followed was a brief exchange of Zeigler unsuccessfully attempting to respond to Sewell's question due to Sewell's persistent interruptions. Even after Sewell yielded the balance of her time to the committee chair, Zeigler attempted to answer before Sewell interrupted him again.
The chair recognized another Congressman, who allowed Zeigler to present his evidence.
On Thursday, Hunter Biden snubbed Congress by declining to submit to a subpoena to appear before the congressional oversight committee and hold a press conference outside the capitol steps.
Despite Democratic attempts to blow off the Hunter Biden inquiry, Republican lawmakers have insisted upon wrongdoings related to Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings and the part played by Joe Biden in those dealings. The claim of impropriety between Joe Biden and his son's foreign business deal served as the impetus behind the House of Representatives' recent approval of a formal impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.
The Bidens' business dealings have been the center of several congressional committee meetings in recent months. In July, another IRS whistleblower, Gary Shapley, joined Ziegler to testify before the House Oversight Committee about their findings in a five-year probe into Hunter Biden.
The investigation led to Hunter Biden pleading guilty to two misdemeanor tax offenses and a felony firearm offense. He received probation for the tax charges and entered into pretrial diversion for the firearms charge.
In previous testimony, Zeigler said he recommended prosecutors charge Hunter Biden with multiple felonies and misdemeanors in 2021. Both Zeigler and Shipley testified that they had been encouraged to stop pursuing Hunter Biden due to pressures placed on prosecutors by the Justice Department. The pair also claimed that President Biden had not been truthful about his business dealing with his son, and they were discouraged from pursuing anything related to the President.
Shapley and Zeigler appeared before the House Committee on December 5, claiming to have evidence that Joe Biden was not truthful with Congress when he previously said he was not involved in his son's business dealings.
The full transcript can be found below. The exchange with Sewell begins on page 108.
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