Joseph Ziegler, an IRS special agent known as “Whistleblower X,” who is set to testify before a House committee about the federal investigation of Hunter Biden, has publicly identified as a gay Democrat.
He hopes his actions will serve as a positive example for the LGBTQ community.
Ziegler, a 13-year veteran of the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division, will testify alongside his supervisor, Gary Shapely, about the alleged mishandling of the investigation into President Joe Biden’s son. In his 15-page opening statement, Ziegler addresses not only the investigation but also his personal identity and his hopes of setting a positive example for the LGBTQ community.
Ziegler’s statement includes a response to an unnamed elected official who suggested that his credibility was enhanced because he is a gay Democrat married to a man. Ziegler refutes this, stating, “I’m no more credible than this man sitting next to me due to my sexual orientation or my political beliefs.”
He also addresses accusations of being a “traitor” to the Democratic Party and causing societal division. He urges others to consider what they would do if placed in his position, regardless of their political affiliations. He expresses his hope of being a role model for other LGBTQ individuals who may be hesitant to do the right thing due to potential personal or societal costs.
Ziegler likens his current situation to the process of coming out, describing it as one of the most challenging things he has ever done. Despite the difficulties, he affirms his commitment to doing what is right and hopes his actions will inspire others in the LGBTQ community to do the same.