The same senior FBI official who allegedly halted investigative activity that was related to Hunter Biden previously tried to inflate the bureau’s number of “domestic violent extremism” cases, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a House Judiciary Committee member.
The Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault, whom Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) previously named in a letter to the FBI regarding Hunter Biden, is one of the unnamed agents implicated in Jordan’s dispatch to the FBI on Wednesday.
“My first reaction when I learned about the connection was, ‘Wow, so this is how serious this is,'” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said.
“I think the underlying message for every one of us is that the Department of Justice is so politicized, which is frightening,” Rep. Jordan said.
On Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray received a letter from Jordan disclosing that “three whistleblowers informed our office that ‘FBI officials are putting pressure on agents to reclassify cases as ‘domestic violent extremism’ cases even if the cases did not meet the criteria for that kind of classification.’”
The whistleblower information is “scandalous,” according to the letter, given that Biden’s administration has sought to link domestic violent extremism to America’s “greatest danger.”
The letter also refers to an “unnamed field office Counterterrorism Assistant Special Agent in Charge” who “pressured agents” to label incidents as domestic violent extremism.
On Wednesday, a whistleblower informed Jordan that Thibault was the unnamed FBI agent in the letter.
The information emerges after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jordan’s counterpart in the Senate, wrote to both the FBI and DOJ on July 26 demanding information regarding the FBI’s treatment of material involving Joe Biden’s embattled son Hunter.
According to Grassley, whistleblowers claimed that in August 2020, an FBI team at the FBI headquarters used an FBI assessment to improperly discredit bad Hunter Biden information, which resulted in investigative activity stopping. “Based on claims, verified and verifiable negative information on Hunter Biden was wrongly labeled as disinformation.”
In response, the senator referred to one instance in which “a lane of additional negative Hunter Biden information was ordered sealed,” specifically by Thibault, in October 2020.
According to the whistleblowers, this line of inquiry might have been picked up at a later date, but other agents “further attempted to improperly label the issue in FBI systems so that it could not be opened again,” Grassley charged.
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