An FBI special agent at the heart of whistleblower allegations that he sabotaged the agency's 2020 investigation of Hunter Biden has been escorted out of the bureau's Washington DC field office, and was seen "exiting the bureau's elevator last Friday escorted by two or three "headquarters-looking types,"" according to the .
Timothy Thibault, who was in charge at the Washington field office until "relatively recently," was on leave for at least a month following revelations over political statements he made while leading the public corruption unit.
Thibault, among other things, made anti-Trump statements over social media in 2020 while he was helping to lead the FBI's probe of Hunter Biden, while his father, Joe Biden, was running for the White House. The FBI boss also retweeted a post by the Lincoln Project which called Trump "a psychologically broken, embittered and deeply unhappy man."
In late May, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sought records from the DOJ regarding Thibault's work history following the accusations of political bias.
"Political bias should have no place at the FBI, and the effort to revive the FBI's credibility can't stop with his exit. We need accountability, which is why Congress must continue investigating and the inspector general must fully investigate as I've requested," he told the in a statement.
Meanwhile, several FBI whistleblowers told Grassley earlier this year that agents investigating Hunter Biden "opened an assessment which was used by an FBI headquarters team to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation and caused investigative activity to cease," adding that his office received "a significant number of protected communications from highly credible whistleblowers" regarding the investigation.
Grassley added that "verified and verifiable derogatory information on Hunter Biden was falsely labeled as disinformation," according to the .
The whistleblowers say investigators from FBI headquarters were "in communication with FBI agents responsible for the Hunter Biden information targeted by Mr. Auten's assessment," and that their findings on whether the claims were in fact disinformation were placed "in a restricted access sub-file" in September 2020, according to Grassley, who added that the disclosures "appear to indicate that there was a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation."
Amid the revelations that the FBI told Facebook to quash the Hunter Biden laptop story - a clear case of election interference, Trump called for an "immediate" redo of the 2020 election,
Last week, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the FBI told them to be on the lookout for "Russian propaganda."
"Basically, the background here is the FBI, I think, basically came to us- some folks on our team and was like, 'Hey, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert… We thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that, basically, there's about to be some kind of dump of that's similar to that. So just be vigilant," Zuckerberg told Rogan.
Mark Zuckerberg tells Joe Rogan that the FBI reached out to Facebook to put them on notice that the Hunter Biden's laptop story was similar to the previous Russian Propaganda and to be on high alert #joerogan #MarkZuckerberg #JRE pic.twitter.com/ojZHhK3isa
-- Giuseppe Mercadante (@itsmercadante) August 25, 2022
As a reminder, Hunter Biden abandoned his laptop at a Wilmington, Delaware repair shop on April 12, 2019. The owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, walked into the Albuquerque FBI office, where he explained what he had, but was rebuffed by the FBI. He was told basically, get lost. This was mid-September 2019.
Two months passed and then, out of the blue, the FBI contacted John Paul Mac Issac. Two FBI agents from the Wilmington FBI office--Joshua Williams and Mike Dzielak--came to John Paul's business. He offered immediately to give them the hard drive, no strings attached. Agents Williams and Dzielak declined to take the device.
Eight months later, Isaac provided a copy to then-President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who provided a copy of the hard drive to The Post.