WASHINGTON — The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee vowed Thursday to take “seriously” an IRS whistleblower’s claim of a cover-up in the long-running criminal investigation of first son Hunter Biden.
“We take all whistleblower statements seriously, as we should. Some turn out to be very important and some not,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said during a hearing on judicial nominees. “But we take them all seriously at the outset and look at them closely.”
Durbin was responding to the top Republican on the panel, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who called for a “bipartisan” embrace of the currently unidentified IRS employee — who on Wednesday informed key congressional committee leaders that he has information on “preferential treatment” and false testimony to Congress about the case.
“I hope the committee will take this seriously,” Graham said Thursday morning.
“I think [Senate] Finance and [House] Ways and Means have the first shot at this. But the whole idea that maybe the investigation was compromised was a DOJ matter, not just an IRS matter, and many of us worked in a bipartisan fashion with the Mueller investigation,” Graham added.
“And I don’t know where this leads, but I do know we need to embrace the idea that we’re gonna look long and hard at any accusation that investigation was compromised. And I hope we can do that in a bipartisan fashion.”
The White House has declined to comment on the potentially explosive development in the criminal and congressional inquiries into the first family’s overseas business