A number of FBI whistleblowers had come forward to Sen. Chuck Grassley. Biden’s lackey, AG Garland, responded by warning DOJ employees not to talk to Congress.
“Except as provided in this chapter, no Department employee may communicate with Senators, Representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination, consultation, and approval by OLA,” the Democratic party hack frantically threatens DOJ employees thinking of blowing the whistle.
Government employees need approval from a Biden appointee to speak to one of the three branches of government. That’s an interesting take on the Constitution.
It’s obvious what Attorney General Merrick Garland was corruptly responding to.
Timothy Thibault, a top-level FBI agent who had been under fire for his role in investigations regarding President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, resigned late last week and was walked out of the FBI, two U.S. officials confirmed. But these officials also said that Thibault had reached retirement age, and they added that all of those who retire hand over their badge and gun and are escorted out of the building.
Thibault, who worked in the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., had recently been removed from his position as assistant special agent in charge at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which covers all of the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.
Thibault came under fire earlier this year from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley who had accused him of “improper conduct” in the Hunter Biden investigation, alleging that Thibault had tried to shut down any investigatory activity. The probe into Hunter Biden’s business practices, run by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, is ongoing.
Grassley said in late July that “highly credible” whistleblowers had approached a senior Senate Republican and alleged a widespread effort within the FBI to downplay or discredit negative information about Hunter Biden. He cited a 2020 FBI intelligence assessment that was “used by an FBI headquarters team to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation.” He continued, “Based on allegations, verified and verifiable derogatory information on Hunter Biden was falsely labeled as disinformation.”
In October 2020, one month before the election, “an avenue of derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed” by a senior FBI agent at the bureau’s Washington Field Office. An earlier letter from Grassley identified the agent as Thibault.
Sen. Grassley responded to AG Garland’s attempt at whistleblower intimidation.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland in response to Garland’s August 30 memorandum to Department of Justice (DOJ) employees about direct communications with Congress. Grassley mentioned statutory provisions that Garland failed to note in his memorandum, causing concern that the memo will chill and undermine the importance of whistleblower protections.
“I write this letter to make clear to you that whistleblowers are the most patriotic people I know and they play an integral part in ensuring that inappropriate influences, political influence, and improper conduct within the Department and its components, such as the FBI, are exposed. Under your leadership, the Department and FBI have failed to be responsive to congressional oversight requests. Accordingly, it is often only because of whistleblowers that Congress and the American people are apprised of the type of wrongdoing that your memo seeks to protect against,” Grassley wrote.
“Even with your whistleblower caveats, and due to the timing of your memo, I remain concerned about the chilling effect it may have on whistleblowers who wish to approach Congress with information relating to fraud, waste, abuse, and gross mismanagement.” Grassley’s letter continued.
The obvious question that people are going to ask is then what? And the answer is equally obvious. The Jan 6 Committee may be arresting witnesses, but the attorney general isn’t going to arrest himself. Nor would any D.C. judge do anything more than laugh before issuing a decision warning against violations of political norms and threats to democracy.
Sen. Grassley is right to be concerned, but the Biden administration, even more than its preceding Obama administration has become an exercise in declaring, “What are you gonna do about it?”
Obama and the Clintons didn’t tolerate whistleblowers. What makes anyone think that the Biden administration will?