Hunter Biden’s legal team is asking the Treasury Department to investigate a former Trump aide for leaking federal bank records related to the president’s son, and is asking Congress to take action against Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green for her statements about Biden.
The letters, sent Monday morning to the House Ethics Committee and the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General and obtained by NBC News, are among the latest efforts in an increasingly public and aggressive strategy by Hunter Biden’s legal team, led by attorney Abe Lowell.
Lowell declined to comment.
The Treasury Department letter noted that former Trump White House aide Garrett Ziegler received and posted on his website five Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARs, from JPMorgan Chase that involved or related to Hunter Biden.
Financial institutions must file SARs with the Treasury Department whenever there are transactions that could indicate illegal activity. Unauthorized disclosure of SARs that are confidential may be subject to criminal prosecution.
The letter noted that Ziegler had previously said he worked with an insider at JPMorgan Chase to obtain the SARs and wanted Ziegler investigated for possible violations of federal banking laws.
“Ziegler used Mr. Biden’s SARs and other financial records to create a false narrative that Mr. Biden was affiliated with a human trafficking ring. In his persistent and sustained airing of this fabricated story, Ziegler urged House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer to release Mr. Biden’s personal information to an even wider audience.
The letter noted that the Republican-led House Oversight Committee released excerpts from two of the SARs in a recent report titled “A President Compromised: The Biden Family Investigation” and that at a press conference Comer, R-Ky., “falsely stated , that a SAR “links Hunter Biden and his business associates to international human trafficking, among other illegal activities.”
Ziegler, who worked in the Trump White House as an aide to economic adviser Peter Navarro, recently became a focus of Biden’s legal team because of his alleged role in obtaining and distributing Biden’s personal data, sources said. He was among 11 people who were sent letters to preserve evidence in February pending future litigation, as NBC News previously reported.
The letter to the Treasury Department also notes that Ziegler tried to get involved in Biden’s ongoing child custody case in Arkansas as an “expert witness,” which may have contributed to his access to Biden’s confidential financial information. “It’s certainly no coincidence that after Ziegler became involved in this child support case, he immediately began publicly boasting that he had access to Mr. Biden’s tax returns.”
Ziegler, the Treasury Department and Comer’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In their letter to the House Ethics Committee, Biden’s lawyers are demanding action be taken against Greene, R-Ga., for her statements and conduct regarding Biden, alleging violations of the House Ethics Code and standards of service behavior. “Representative Greene’s unethical behavior stems from her continued verbal attacks, defamatory statements, posting of personal photos and data, and promotion of conspiracy theories about and against Robert Hunter Biden.” None of these can be considered part of legitimate legislative activity,” the letter said.
The letter noted that Green claimed on Twitter that the Biden family was involved in a human trafficking ring and that in January she posted on her Truth Social account photos of Hunter Biden and his niece and another family member, suggesting that they were prostitutes.
Green did not immediately respond to a request for comment.