Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, departs federal court after a plea hearing on two misdemeanor charges of willfully failing to pay income taxes in Wilmington, Delaware, July 26, 2023.
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Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit Monday accusing IRS agents of “repeatedly and intentionally” publicly sharing his private tax return information while they criminally investigate him.
Those agents “have targeted and sought to embarrass Mr. Biden” by disclosing confidential information about his private tax matters to the media, the president’s son alleged in the civil suit in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Biden wants a court to declare that the IRS unlawfully revealed his tax matters and award him $1,000 in damages for each unauthorized disclosure.
The lawsuit comes days after Biden, 53, was indicted on three criminal counts related to his possession of a handgun. Biden had neared a plea deal with prosecutors on misdemeanor tax charges, as well as a separate pretrial diversion agreement related to the gun matter. But the whole arrangement fell apart during a dramatic court hearing in July.
Biden’s attorney insisted in Monday’s court filing that the new lawsuit against the IRS “is not about the legitimacy of the IRS investigation of Mr. Biden over the past five years or any decision to penalize Mr. Biden for any failure to comply with his obligations under the tax laws.”
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