What’s more, two Republican lawmakers want to know if the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) helped suppress information about Biden during the 2020 election.
Whistleblowers accuse FBI officials of undermining the investigation
According to Fox News, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is seeking to have the DOJ open an internal investigation or appoint a special counsel to look at how the agency handled allegations concerning the president’s son.
Johnson made that demand in a letter sent on Tuesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Chris Wray, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Johnson cited unnamed whistleblowers as saying that during a 2020 briefing with GOP senators, high-level FBI officials helped undermine an investigation of Biden by suggesting he was the victim of “foreign disinformation.”
“If these recent whistleblower revelations are true, it would strongly suggest that the FBI’s August 6, 2020 briefing was indeed a targeted effort to intentionally undermine a Congressional investigation,” Fox News quoted Johnson as saying.
“The FBI being weaponized against two sitting chairmen of U.S. Senate committees with constitutional oversight responsibilities would be one of the greatest episodes of Executive Branch corruption in American history,” he continued.
“For nearly two years I have sought to get information from the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) about the purpose of, and who ordered, this briefing,” the senator complained.
Chuck Grassley asks if the FBI sought to “discredit negative Hunter Biden information”
Johnson’s correspondence came one day after Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter of his own to Wray and Garland.
“The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI’s receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden and the FBI’s false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation,” Grassley wrote.
“First, it’s been alleged that the FBI developed information in 2020 about Hunter Biden’s criminal financial and related activity,” Grassley stated.
“It is further alleged that in August 2020, FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten opened an assessment that was used by an FBI Headquarters (‘FBI HQ’) team to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation and caused investigative activity to cease,” he added.