A Democratic member of the House Oversight Committee lost it during a heated hearing Wednesday in which two IRS whistleblowers testified that the Justice Department politically interfered with the investigation. President Biden’s Youngest son, Hunter Biden.
Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md. spent the time he was given questioning whistleblowers instead of speaking out against the committee’s focus on Hunter Biden, the FBI, DOJ and IRS he claims “preserve this democracy,” and tore up his prepared remarks in frustration.
“Now, here’s what bothers me. I don’t like these attacks on the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS, as if they are somehow anti-American agencies. Those agencies uphold this democracy … they provide checks, and they provide balances,” Mfume said, referring to Republican members of the committee criticizing the agencies for alleged interference in the Biden investigation.
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“We’re doing this all over Hunter Biden’s show again for someone who pleaded guilty and took responsibility for not filing taxes for two years. This is ridiculous. Beam me up, Scotty. There’s no intelligent life here. None,” he added later, appearing angry as he tore up the papers.
Before the outburst, Mfume sought to shift attention to the pending legal hurdles facing former President Donald Trump from the committee’s investigation into Hunter Biden.
“I want to congratulate my colleagues across the aisle for gathering us here today, which is currently diverting our attention from the largest investigation in the history of our country and our nation involving a former president and Republican front-runner, who is currently facing a 37-count indictment.” They said.
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He noted the possibility of Trump facing further indictments in other investigations and sought to downplay Hunter Biden’s legal troubles, arguing that the latter “already pleaded guilty to not filing his taxes, gun charges, and now I hear paying for prostitution.”
He accused Trump of giving him “special treatment” over his classified documents, and called for the committee to hold a hearing on the former president’s “history of tax evasion.”
“Let’s be real when we talk about this. It’s not just Hunter Biden. But as long as we’re saying Hunter Biden, we forget everything else,” Mfume said. “And then, Hunter Biden took it a step further and said, I haven’t filed taxes in two years. And yes, I will take responsibility for this gun charge.”
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The IRS whistleblowers claim that there was a pattern of “slow-moving investigative actions” on Hunter Biden, including instructions not to speak with him at his residence, informing the president’s son and staff of ongoing efforts and delaying enforcement actions in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
The two former agents were assigned to the federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax and gun charges. Biden eventually pleaded guilty to corruption tax crimes as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors in a deal that drew criticism from Republican lawmakers. The hearing comes as the DOJ continues to investigate the House Republican president and his family after failing to find evidence of criminal conduct.
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Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.