Whistleblowers: Biased FBI Targeted Trump, Ignored Hunter Biden Improprieties

By Hamodia Staff

Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/File)

The FBI puts its finger on the scales of justice due to political bias, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says a group of whistleblowers has told him.

The allegations include unduly advancing an investigation into the Trump campaign and suppressing reports of corruption relating to Hunter Biden ahead of the 2020 election. Grassley, who serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that many of the whistleblowers who came forward to him were in senior positions in the FBI.

The agency has for years tampered with “politically sensitive investigations ranging from election and campaign finance probes across multiple election cycles to investigative activity involving derogatory information on Hunter Biden’s financial and foreign business activities,” Grassley said in a press release announcing the allegations.

The whistleblowers name names. They allege that Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault — whom they say was instrumental in opening the Bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign — didn’t follow agency guidelines to have enough facts before starting the investigation into the former president. Thibault and Richard Pilger, director of the election-crimes branch within the FBI’s public integrity section, relied on information sent to them by left-leaning media outlets, while Thibault removed details of the sources’ political bias from a request for a full investigation, the whistleblowers say.

The investigation into the Trump campaign was ultimately approved by FBI Director Chris Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“Simply put, if a politically charged investigation is to be opened, the Justice Department and FBI have an obligation to ensure that it’s done the right way,” Grassley wrote in a letter last week to Wray and Garland. “Based on the allegations, that does not appear to have happened. Such improper conduct demands further explanation from the Justice Department and FBI.”

Grassley previously raised concerns about left-wing social media posts by Thibault, which the senator says are likely in violation of department policies.

Whistleblowers further allege that Thibault and other FBI officials sought to falsely portray as disinformation evidence acquired from multiple sources that provided the FBI derogatory information related to Hunter Biden’s financial and foreign business activities, even though some of that information had already been or could be verified. In August of 2020, FBI supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten opened an assessment, which was used by a team of agents at FBI headquarters to improperly discredit and falsely claim that derogatory information about Biden’s activities was disinformation, causing investigative activity and sourcing to be shut down.

“The aforementioned allegations put a finer point on concerns that I have raised for many years about political considerations infecting the decision-making process at the Justice Department and FBI,” Grassley wrote in the same letter. “If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are — and have been — institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law,”

President Joe Biden has repeatedly said that he has confidence in his family, and that he was not involved in his son’s business dealings.

The FBI told CBS News that it received the letters but declined any further comment.

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