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The FBI received evidence from the second informant in the Biden case, but closed it, the ex-agent testified

A retired FBI supervisor has revealed to Congress that the bureau’s Washington field office had a second “politically connected” informant who provided information relevant to the Biden family investigation, but was asked to shut off the fountain in the fall of 2020 shortly before Joe Biden was elected. president, Just the News has learned.

Retired Special Agent Timothy Thibault, the former No. 2 supervisor of the FBI Field Office in Washingtontold the House Judiciary Committee last week in a transcribed interview that he was somewhat surprised when he received the request from lead prosecutor Hunter Biden in October 2020 to close the confidential human source ( CHS).

“I was kind of surprised because I’m, like, the purpose of — a confidential informant is to support a case,” Thibault told investigators in parts of a transcript reviewed by Just the News.

Thibault did not further identify the source in his testimony, but best-selling author Peter Schweizer told Just the News Sunday that he believes he is the person described in the transcript based on earlier comments by Thibault and then The New York Times recently suggested that the FBI had received information about the Hunter Biden case from a “right-wing author.”

Schweizer said he was approached by the FBI and provided agents with evidence of possible criminality in the fall of 2020. He said there was no politics involved, just facts, and pushed back on the narrative of timenoting that his reporters reported on the Hillary Clinton-funded Steele dossier submitted to the FBI in 2016.

“There are no ‘right-wing facts’ or ‘left-wing facts.’ There are only facts,” he said. “And of course they happily accepted Hillary Clinton’s lawyer’s baseless, unsourced dossier without reservation.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed Thibault for the interview as he investigated allegations that U.S. Attorney David Weiss and his team failed to follow normal investigative procedures when investigating the business of Hunter Biden and his family abroad.

Thibault retired after revelations that he had made anti-Trump social media posts while an agent, and has been a target critic from some Republicans, including Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa).

But his testimony last week could open a new line of inquiry for congressional investigators trying to determine whether the FBI or Justice Department thwarted certain lines of inquiry into the Biden family as Joe Biden prepared to become – become president

Thibault’s 25-year record of service shows that his professional work is non-partisan, and he has “engaged with big names while investigating public corruption, sending two Democratic congressmen to prison and overseeing sensitive investigations into the Clinton Foundation and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, another Democrat,” according to The New York Times.

Two IRS whistleblowers have already delivered blockbuster testimony to House investigators earlier this summer that they and FBI agents were prevented from asking questions about Joe Biden and acquiring a search warrant for Hunter Biden’s storage closet or Joe Biden’s guest house where evidence was suspected. located IRS agents said they were prevented from questioning Hunter Biden when he was on the Biden transition team warned to his plan to interview the first son.

Plus, Grassley has it disclosed an FD-1023 informant report showing that the FBI was alerted to allegations of bribery by a confidential human source. This source alleged that Joe and Hunter Biden may have received $10 million in payments to help deal with a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating gas company Burisma Holdings that paid millions to Hunter Biden.

The Bidens and their allies strongly deny the allegations, but the FBI has told Congress that some of those allegations remain under investigation, a claim that GOP investigators find dubious three years later. In an interview with Fox News “HannityTV show, House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said “The evidence continues to mount and today we saw that Joe Biden has lied to the American people. He knew exactly who his son was getting those millions and millions of dollars of wire money from, he told them and he told them often.”

Thibault’s testimony raises the possibility that a second informant also brought information to the FBI before the 2020 presidential election and was also shut down.

Thibault said he arrived in late summer 2020 as a new supervisor in the Washington office and the following month learned of an FD-1023 report that contained informant information relevant to the investigation into Hunter Biden’s course on taxes and alleged foreign lobbying.

“Sometime in September, and this is a recollection. The FBI wouldn’t allow me to go back and review a source file. Well? I have a recollection of a 1023, which is a source report, a source report raw, and to review and/or approve it,” he told investigators from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, cautioning that he was trying to be as careful and precise as possible. as possible

“The reason I say I approved it, sometimes it is, I think it involved a sensitive source. I somehow saw that source report,” he said. “And I think I passed it. At least I reviewed it, I think. To me, when I first saw it, it didn’t stand out to me.”

The following month, Thibault said, he received an unexpected call from an agent he knew who was helping oversee Hunter Biden’s criminal tax case brought to Delaware by U.S. Attorney David Weiss.

“Fast forward to October, I received an unsolicited call from case supervisor Hunter Biden. I knew him because he had been assigned to the Washington field office as a case officer,” he said. “My team was right down the hall from him. And he was also a SWAT team medic.

“And so I got to know him very well. He’s a smart guy. So when he calls me, I’ll listen to him. Right?” it continued. “He calls me and says, ‘Hey, I have concerns about a CHS that has opened the Washington field office and sent us a 1023.’

Thibault said he became defensive, trying to protect his officers. The FBI’s Washington field office has 830 special agents who reported to Thibault.

“I said, OK. What are your concerns? And (he) basically said, ‘Look, the information has no value to us, number one.’ I took from everything he said that they already had the … from another source, from another channel, perhaps not from a human source, but from another channel.”

“He also said that this person was politically connected and partisan in his opinion and he was concerned about the source being on media platforms. At the time, you know, it was pretty new,” Thibault testified.

He then described why he found the opening uncomfortable.

“So I got a call from this supervisor. And my explanation was, ‘we don’t need your source report,’ and also, ‘Why are you sending a file to our docket that we didn’t know about?’ Right? So the “Washington field office wrote this 1023 and went to headquarters and went to Baltimore. And so when I get that call, I’m a little defensive,” he said.

Thibault was not more specific in describing the informant, his role, his allegations or his political preferences. But he told congressional investigators that there is a careful evaluation before whistleblower allegations are forwarded to other FBI offices.

“There’s always a value risk assessment here. It’s like a value proposition. So the Washington field office in this example is the author. The Baltimore field office is the consumer,” he said. to say.

Hunter Biden’s lawyer, the White House, spokesmen for Jordan and Grassley and Thibault’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Thibault, the sources said, also addressed previous criticism of his partisan social media posts, telling Jordan’s committee it was a mistake and bad judgment. But he added that his views on social media posts did not affect his work.

When Grassley first criticized Thibault, the senator said he was concerned by a whistleblower’s report that Thibault, as assistant special agent in charge, may have shut down part of an investigation into the Biden investigation. October 2020, the exact time period. Thibault described for the fountain stop.

“An avenue of reporting disparaging Hunter Biden was ordered shut down,” Grassley said said.

Thibault’s account raises the possibility that the episode cited by Grassley was actually directed by the Delaware prosecution team and simply staged by Thibault. Weiss behavior, including a “love” according to the statement for Hunter Biden, who was rejected by a federal judge, is under investigation by Congress.

The decision to allow the statute of limitations for more serious charges to expire remains a major focus of consultations led by Jordan, Comer and House and Means Speaker Jason Smith (R-Mo).

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) last week approved an impeachment inquiry into President Biden that includes a focus on whether there were cover-up schemes in the Biden investigation.

Grassley also raised concerns that an FBI intelligence assessment was “used by a team at FBI headquarters to incorrectly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation” when it was not. “Based on the allegations, verified and verifiable disparaging information about Hunter Biden was falsely labeled as misinformation,” Grassley said.

Comer said he plans to hold a hearing in September to summarize the findings of his impeachment inquiry committee and wants to interview people with knowledge of Hunter Biden’s dealings.

“We’re following the money and we’ll see where it takes us,” he said he told reporters asking about the “next steps” in the possible impeachment process.


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