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Timothy Thibault, a top FBI agent, who sought to investigate President Donald Trump, was reportedly seen being escorted out of the bureau after resigning over political bias.
According to the Washington Times, Thibault was allegedly spotted being escorted out of the bureau on Friday according to eyewitness accounts provided by a former FBI official to the outlet.
The outlet adds that Thibault stepped down after being suspected of political bias when handling investigations related to President Trump as well as Hunter Biden’s laptop.
After FBI whistleblowers came to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, revealing a “deeply rooted political infection” within the agency, the senator demanded answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray over political bias stemming from officials in the FBI’s Washington, D.C., office, Fox News reported.
“Starting on May 31, 2022, I’ve written three letters to you regarding political bias that has infected the FBI’s Washington Field Office,” Grassley wrote to Wray in August. “Two of those letters provided specific and credible allegations based on numerous whistleblowers that have approached my office with information that one can only conclude is indicative of a deeply rooted political infection that has spread to investigative activity into former President Trump and Hunter Biden.”
The outlet further noted that in another August letter to Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, Grassley revealed that FBI whistleblowers spoke about alleged political bias from top officials, including Thibault.
Just the News reported that Grassley claimed in a press release that Thibault “disregarded agency guidelines requiring substantial factual predication to trigger investigations” after seeking to open an investigation into the Trump campaign using information from a “left-aligned organization” and reportedly attempting to conceal the bias sourcing to receive approval from Wray and Garland.
Moreover, Grassley said Thibault and FBI supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten allegedly engaged in “a scheme” to “undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation” and shut down a possible investigation into Hunter before 2020’s presidential election, New York Post reported.
“Thibault allegedly ordered the matter closed without providing a valid reason as required by FBI guidelines…. [and] subsequently attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened in the future,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Wray.
The new development comes amid heightened public scrutiny of the FBI for storming into President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.