Tristan Leavitt, the attorney for IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, said Hunter Biden’s indictment vindicates his clients and other whistleblowers who have come forward to expose the first son’s crimes.

Shapely and Joseph Ziegler are the two whistleblowers who testified before lawmakers regarding Hunter’s crime and the DOJ’s alleged efforts to cover them up.

Leavitt, while speaking on Fox News Channel’s Ingraham Angle, told host Laura Ingraham that Shapley and Ziegler felt vindicated after news of Hunter’s indictment broke.

“He feels vindicated, both he and Joseph Ziegler really took a huge risk in coming forward,” Leavitt said. “They did it because, at the beginning of this year, it seemed like the case was dead, notwithstanding these very strong findings they brought forward. But this absolutely vindicates the claims that they made, which were doubted by so many, in part because they were released to the public right as the Justice Department announced the sweetheart plea deal. So, this clearly shows that that plea deal was nothing but a slap on the wrist. And the stunning facts that are in this indictment really also vindicate the investigative work of these agents.”

Leavitt revealed that the two whistleblowers did not come out to expose alone, but also to shed light on the DOJ’s efforts to cover the first son’s crimes.

“The allegations that the whistleblowers brought forward weren’t just about Hunter Biden. That’s not why the whistleblowers came forward. It was because the DOJ tried to cover all of this up,” Leavitt added. “And so, David Weiss right now is a Special Counsel, but we still believe there needs to be a special counsel to investigate his office’s actions, because he’s the one that completely turned around after interacting with Biden administration officials and tried to brush this under the rug.”

Hunter was hit with a nine-count indictment on Thursday stemming from his failure to pay taxes. The first son faces at least 17 years in prison if found guilty.