Hunter Biden sued the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Monday, alleging that the federal agency has purposely targeted him with the sole intention of ’embarrassing’ and ‘inconveniencing’ him.

In the 27-page lawsuit, Hunter Biden’s legal team stated it was seeking redress from the IRS for its alleged “unlawful disclosure” of his tax returns and its “willful and intentional failure” to properly safeguard Hunter’s files in its records system.

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Acknowledging that Hunter is the son of the President, the lawyers write that he “has no fewer or lesser rights than any other American citizen, and no government agency or government agency has free reign to violate his rights simply because of who he is.” It claims that despite this, the IRS has “repeatedly and intentionally” violated his rights to privacy.

According to Biden’s lawyers, Hunter has “cooperated fully” with the IRS but they have not respected him in return. They allege that IRS agents “targeted and sought to embarrass Hunter Biden via public statements to the media in which they and their representatives disclosed confidential information about a private citizen’s tax matters.” Further, they claim the IRS willfully “failed to protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to those records’ security or integrity, including those that could result in substantial harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness.”

It directly names two agents, Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, as individuals guilty of these charges, and argues that they cannot be considered whistleblowers since they have attempted to expose the “alleged wrongdoings” of a private person rather than a government.

The agents have defended their actions, saying they reported their concerns through appropriate internal channels and legal disclosures to Congress.

Shapley’s legal team said the lawsuit is “just another frivolous smear by Biden family attorneys trying to turn people’s attention away from Hunter Biden’s own legal problems and intimidate any current and future whistleblowers.”

This lawsuit follows Hunter Biden’s indictment on federal gun charges four days ago. A federal prosecutor in Delaware federal court indicted him on one count of possession of a firearm while using a narcotic and two counts related to Biden allegedly reporting he was not using illegal drugs while purchasing a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018.

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