Christopher Wray, FBI Director said that whistleblower allegations that FBI agents mislabeled Hunter Biden’s derogatory information disinformation were “deeply concerning.” Republicans want him to admit broader “politicization” within his bureau.
Senator John Kennedy (R.La.) questioned Wray during Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing. Wray was asked about “highly credible whistleblowers at the Justice Department, FBI” and shared it with Senator Chuck Grassley.
Senator Grassley (R.Iowa), detailed the allegations in a letter he sent last week to Wray. He stated that whistleblowers had claimed that there was a scheme among FBI officials to subvert the derogatory information about Hunter Biden by falsely inferring it was disinformation.
Whistleblowers also claimed that there was a pattern of active public partisanship at the agencies regarding investigations into Trump’s campaign, and the suppression of information about the Hunter Biden probe.
Wray testified that he found the letter that described what you were talking about deeply troubling.
Whistleblowers claimed Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault and others had a “pattern of active public partisanship”.
Grassley sent a warning letter to Wray, Garland and Garland last week about Thibault’s “partisanship”. This could impact investigations. Thibault was briefed by FBI and Justice Department officials and given their approval.
According to Grassley, whistleblowers allege that FBI and DOJ employees must follow strict substantial factual predications to open an investigation. Thibault did not follow these policies.
Wray promised that whistleblowers would be protected during the hearing.
Thibault also was dismissed by Wray. He had been in a supervisory role.
Senator Ron Johnson (R.Wis.), is calling for more action to address partisanship within the FBI
Johnson told Fox News that Johnson stated Friday that Johnson had said that Director Wray should acknowledge the “deeply troubling” politicization of FBI. ”
Johnson specifically referred to the politicization FBI’s investigation into whether Trump’s first campaign conspired to with Russia to influence 2016 presidential elections.
Johnson stated that “It’s better not to be late than never.” Johnson stated, “But I don’t hold my breath. ”
Johnson demanded that Justice Department open an inquiry or appoint special counsel last week to investigate whistleblower claims. Johnson claimed that the FBI had “weaponized” sitting senators.
Johnson and Grassley recalled the events that occurred between July 2020 and October 2020. The FBI, Thibault and FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analysis Analyst Brian Auten gave Republicans the runaround during the investigation into Hunter’s allegations. They claimed that the GOP was spreading foreign disinformation about President Biden’s son.
GOP Senators claim that a meeting held on Aug. 6, 2020, following whistleblower corroboration, was meant to “undermine” their investigation into Hunter Biden.
Johnson wrote last week to Biden officials: “If these whistleblower revelations are true, it would strongly suggest that the FBI’s briefing on August 6, 2019 was indeed a targeted effort to undermine a Congressional investigation. ”
“The FBI using U.S. Senate chairsmen with constitutional oversight responsibilities against them would be one of the most egregious episodes in American History of Executive Branch corruption. ”
Johnson stated, “Johnson has been trying to get information from the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for almost two years about the purpose of the briefing” and the person who ordered it.
Sources familiar with the content of the meeting claim that the briefing on August 6, 2020 was not requested. It was delivered by the FBI on behalf the intelligence community. It did not relate to Johnson and Grassley’s ongoing work.
Johnson and Grassley collaborated on a joint investigation to investigate Hunter Biden’s participation as a board member at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma holdings and his “extensive” financial transactions. ”
Grassley & Johnson said that their probe had “faced many obstacles” from Democrats, and that the executive agency had “failed to reply to document requests” when they published their interim report in September 2020.
The 87-page report reveals that Obama administration officials knew Hunter Biden’s Burisma board post was “problematic”, as it interferred with “the efficient execution policy in regard to Ukraine.” ”
In April 2014, Hunter Biden joined Burisma’s board of directors. In April 2014, Hunter Biden joined Burisma as a board member.
Johnson and Grassley reported also that they obtained records from U.S. Treasury Departments showing “potential criminal activities relating to transactions zwischen Hunter Biden, Hunter Biden’s family, and his associates, in transactions between and between Ukrainian Kazakh, Kazakh and Chinese nationals. ”
Johnson and Grassley claimed that they were given records showing Hunter Biden had “sent thousands to people who either participated in transactions consistent human trafficking; an association with the adult entertainment industry; or potential associations with prostitution.” ”
According to the report, some of the recipients were either Ukrainian or Russian citizens. The report also states that Hunter Biden sent money to nonresident alien women who were citizens of Russia and Ukraine. The funds Hunter Biden received were then sent to Ukraine and Russia.
Reports also indicated that certain transactions were connected to an “apparently Eastern European prostitution network or human trafficking network”. ”
Report also says that Senate investigators found millions of dollars in “questionable financial transactions” between Hunter Biden, his associates and foreign individuals. This includes the wife and associates of the former mayor as well as people with ties to the China Communist Party.
According the report, Rosemont Seneca Thornton was co-founded by Hunter Biden and received $3.5 Million via wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor.
According to the report, Hunter Biden and his family were also involved in a financial network linking them with foreign nationals and foreign governments.
Hunter Biden, 2020 presidential candidate, disclosed that federal authorities were investigating him for “tax affairs.” ”
Fox News reports on officials examining whether to indict President Biden’s son for tax violations and foreign lobbying violations.
David Weiss is the Delaware U.S. Attorney and former prosecutor for President Donald Trump.
According a government source, Fox News reported Hunter Biden was a subject/target of the grand jury investigation in Dec 2020.
The federal investigation into Hunter Biden was partly based upon suspicious activity reports (SARs), based on suspicious foreign transaction.
SARs were discussed by unnamed officials from the Treasury Department. Fox News was informed by these officials that SARs could be filed by financial institutions “if there is something unusual about a transaction.”