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September 26, 2023

A who’s who — and who says what — of the IRS-Hunter Biden dispute

The IRS is investigating Hunter Biden for possible tax fraud. The controversy dates back to October, when a New York Times report revealed the details of an internal IRS investigation into the finances of Biden, President Joe Biden’s son. Since then, the issue has created a political firestorm as Republicans have sought to use the issue to undermine the Biden administration. Here’s a guide to the major players, and a look at what they’ve said in the ongoing dispute. IRS: The Internal Revenue Service is responsible for enforcing the nation’s tax laws and collecting the revenue that funds the federal government. In October, it was reported that the IRS had opened an audit into Hunter Biden’s tax returns for the years 2017 and 2018. Since then, the IRS has not commented publicly on the investigation. Hunter Biden: The son of President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden is the target of the IRS investigation. Biden has maintained that he acted appropriately and paid all of his taxes. Donald Trump: Former President Donald Trump was a vocal critic of Hunter Biden during his time in office and frequently criticized the Biden administration over the affair. Joe Biden: President Joe Biden has defended his son, saying that he has acted appropriately. He has also pushed back against the Republican attacks on Hunter, calling them a “smear campaign.” Mitch McConnell: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been one of the leading Republican voices in criticizing the Biden administration over the Hunter Biden affair. He has said the investigation raises “serious questions” and called for an investigation into the affair. Chuck Grassley: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration’s handling of the Hunter Biden affair. He has called on the IRS to appoint a special counsel to investigate the matter. Lindsey Graham: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has also pushed for an investigation into the Hunter Biden affair. He has argued that the IRS should appoint a special counsel to investigate the matter. Nancy Pelosi: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has accused Republicans of using the Hunter Biden investigation to score political points. She has defended Biden’s right to privacy and has argued that the investigation is a partisan attack. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has defended the Biden administration and has dismissed the allegations against Hunter Biden. She has said the IRS is conducting its investigation “independently and without political interference.”