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Diving into the Hunter Biden lawsuit against the IRS

Sep 20, 2023, 6:00 AM

Image of President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, as he leaves a court appearance, July 26, 2023, in...

FILE - President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden leaves after a court appearance, July 26, 2023, in Wilmington, Del. Biden has filed a lawsuit against the IRS. KSL legal analyst Greg Skordas discusses the case. (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

(Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — Hunter Biden was indicted last week on three gun-related charges. And now, Biden is filing a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service.

KSL legal analyst Greg Skordas shares his thoughts into Biden’s case against the IRS.

 

Skordas says Biden isn’t upset that the IRS is investigating him. He’s not even upset that whistleblowers have come forward critical of the IRS for not investigating him as well as they thought they should have. 

The reason for the Hunter Biden lawsuit

Skordas says Biden is upset over something else.

“They disclosed private information,” he said. “Private taxpayer information that they really didn’t need to disclose that in order to sort of make their case against Hunter Biden. They could have just said, ‘hey, we’re dragging our feet, we’re not doing this.’ But instead, they sort of outline his tax situation. And talk about him, and the things that he did in a way that he thinks breached privacy.”

Skordas explains why he feels like the merit of the case isn’t going to go anywhere.

“Well, because, first of all, just that they’re (the whistleblowers) supposed to complain about the acts of the government,” he said. “And they did. But then in doing so, they laid out the facts about Hunter Biden that they probably shouldn’t have.”

Governmental immunity

Skordas goes on to say that the United States has a high level of “governmental immunity.”

By that, he says the country allows its police officers, IRS agents and others to go about their jobs. This even includes “whistleblowing” without the fear of retaliation or being sued. 

“So, it’s huge hurdle for him,” Skordas said. “And I would guess that this may just be a lawsuit to make a point to make sure that he’s getting his message out that he is being treated poorly. And that IRS did overstep their bounds in their investigation of him.”

Biden is expected to be indicted in California on tax charges at a later date. Does this lawsuit slow that down?

“It’s a little complicated,” Skordas said.

He says New York and California are better places to prosecute the tax charges. Because that’s where the incidents allegedly occurred. 

“But I don’t think that this act is really something preemptive on his part to get that case to go away,” Skordas said.

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Diving into the Hunter Biden lawsuit against the IRS