WASHINGTON D.C. – After being accused of interfering with a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden – the troubled son of President Joe Biden – an FBI agent has resigned from the agency and was officially escorted out of the Washington D.C. field office he was stationed at last Friday by two individuals reportedly described as “headquarters-looking types.”
FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Timothy Thibault, had already been placed on official leave earlier this month since it was revealed that an FBI whistleblower had made “deeply troubling” accusations against him and another agent, FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten.
The accusations against Thibault and Auten were announced by FBI Director Christopher Wray at an August 4 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, following his receipt of a letter from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
Grassley’s letter said he had been contacted by a whistleblower from within the FBI who claimed that Thibault and Auten had purportedly concocted a “scheme” to falsely claim that derogatory information released regarding Hunter Biden was actually “Russian disinformation.”
Grassley also said in his letter to Wray that Thibault had a personal hand in stalling a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden – based in-part on emails and videos obtained from his infamous “laptop from hell” detailing potentially illegal foreign business dealings – which he attempted to delay until as late as one month prior to the November 2020 presidential election by circumventing standard FBI protocols.
“Thibault allegedly ordered the matter closed without providing a valid reason as required by FBI guidelines…and subsequently attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened in the future,” Grassley said. “In October 2020, an avenue of additional derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed at the direction of ASAC Thibault…[when] all of the reporting was either verified or verifiable via criminal search warrants.”
This was a potentially politically-motivated action on the top FBI agent’s part, according to some Republicans, that was an attempt to shield then-candidate Joe Biden from negative publicity during the presidential election. Thibault’s partisan social media history backs up those accusations, such as “liking” a Washington Post article titled “William Barr Has Gone Rogue,” tweeting that former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney was a “disgrace,” and sharing a Lincoln Project tweet claiming that “Donald Trump is a psychologically broken, embittered, and deeply unhappy man.”
Attorneys for Thibault have put out a lengthy statement denying any wrongdoing on the part of their client, which was shared on social media by reporter Catherine Herridge, as reported on in a previous story this morning.
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