Former FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault was escorted out of the bureau Friday after a whistleblower alleged that he showed political bias in handling investigations there.
“Thibault’s name has been in the news for his alleged bias and allegations that he tried to run interference in the Hunter Biden investigation,” Fox News reported. “Thibault was named by Senate Judiciary ranking member Chuck Grassley in a July 18 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland. Grassley cited whistleblowers who alleged a pattern of political bias from high-ranking officials, including Thibault.”
Thibault was not involved in the Trump Mar-A-Lago raid, according to CBS News.
“In October 2020, one month before the election, “an avenue of derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed” by a senior FBI agent at the bureau’s Washington Field office. An earlier letter from Grassley identified the agent as Timothy Thibault,” CBS reported.
“Failed to comply”
“Whistleblowers have reported to me, that although the FBI and Justice Department maintain policies dictating specific standards requiring substantial factual predication to initiate an investigation, Thibault and other Justice Department and FBI employees failed to comply with these requirements,” Grassley added.
Thibault was not believed to be the only FBI agent that showed political bias, and Grassley said he is still concerned about continuing bias even with Thibault’s departure.
In the case of the Mar-A-Lago raid, a judge has cleared the way for a special master to determine whether the raid was justified and to examine how it was conducted.
The master’s involvement should make it easier to identify whether bias was involved in the decision to conduct the raid or in what was taken.
Looking for wrongdoing
The Biden administration is looking for a way to prosecute Trump for wrongdoing, and hopes that the materials they seized in the raid will give them a way to do so.
“The Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are working together to facilitate a classification review of relevant materials, including those recovered during the search,” an ODNI spokesperson said in a statement. “ODNI will also lead an Intelligence Community (IC) assessment of the potential risk to national security that would result from the disclosure of the relevant documents.”
Avril Haines, a Biden appointee, currently oversees the ODNI.
So far, officials claim they have found classified materials in the ones seized from Mar-A-Lago, but Trump claims to have declassified them before leaving office.