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FBI Director Christopher Wray says it’s “deeply disturbing” that whistleblower accuses FBI agents of falsely labeling derogatory information about Hunter Biden, but Republicans call on him A further acknowledgment of wider “politicization” within the bureau.
During Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. John F. Kennedy (R-La.) asked Wray about the “highly credible” information the Justice Department and the FBI shared with Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office last week. whistleblower” allegations.
Grassley detailed the allegations in a letter to Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, saying the whistleblower said “certain FBI officials developed a scheme to falsely imply this. It’s disinformation to undermine derogatory information about Hunter Biden.”
The whistleblower also claimed there was “active public partisanship” at the agency linked to investigating the Trump campaign and suppressing information on the Hunter Biden investigation.
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“When I read this letter describing what you said, I found it deeply disturbing,” Wray testified Thursday.
The whistleblower alleges a “positive pattern of public partisanship” by Assistant Special Agent Chief Timothy Thibault and others.
Grassley warned Ray and Garland in last week’s letter that Tebow’s “partisanship could affect investigations that were briefed to and approved by senior Justice Department and FBI officials.”
According to Grassley, the whistleblower said that employees of the Justice Department and the FBI had to strictly adhere to substantive factual projections in order to open an investigation, and that Tebow did not follow those policies.
Wray promised at the hearing that the whistleblowers would be protected.
Wray also relieved Thibault of his supervisory role.
However, Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, called for further action on partisan issues within the FBI.
“It’s time for Director Wray to admit that the FBI’s politicization is ‘deeply disturbing,'” Johnson told Fox News on Friday. “Unfortunately, it was evident throughout his tenure as director that he did nothing.”
Johnson was referring to the politicization associated with the FBI investigation into whether President Trump’s first campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
“I guess better late than never,” Johnson said. “But I didn’t hold my breath.”
Johnson last week asked the Justice Department to launch an internal investigation or appoint a special counsel in the wake of the new whistleblower allegations, further claiming that the FBI has been “weaponized” against current members of the Senate.
Both Johnson and Grassley recounted events that took place between July and October 2020, during which time officials including Tebow, FBI surveillance intelligence analyst Brian Otten and Democratic senators The FBI gave Republicans investigating Hunter allegations a roundabout about information, falsely claiming the GOP was advancing “foreign disinformation” about Biden’s son.
Republican senators claim that an Aug. 6, 2020 meeting was held after the whistleblower confirmed a clear intent to “undermine” their investigation into Hunter Biden.
In a letter to Biden administration officials last week, Johnson wrote: “If these recent whistleblower revelations are true, it will strongly suggest that the FBI’s August 6, 2020 briefing was indeed targeted and aimed at sabotaging congressional investigations.”
“The FBI’s weaponization of two current chairmen of U.S. Senate committees with constitutional oversight responsibilities would be one of the most corrupt executive branch episodes in U.S. history.”
For nearly two years, Johnson said, he “has been seeking information from the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) about the purpose of this briefing and who ordered it.”
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The briefing on August 6, 2020, was unsolicited, according to sources familiar with the meeting. It was provided by the FBI on behalf of the intelligence community and was “unspecific” and “unconnected” to the work being done by Johnson and Grassley.
Johnson and Grassley were jointly investigating Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings and his “extensive and complex financial dealings.”
When releasing the investigation’s interim report in September 2020, Grassley and Johnson said their investigation “faces a number of hurdles” from Democrats and executive agencies that have “failed to comply with document requirements.”
The 87-page report said Obama administration officials “knew” that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was “problematic” and interfered with the “effective implementation of Ukraine policy.”
Hunter Biden joined Burisma in April 2014, when he reportedly linked the firm with consulting firm Blue Star Strategies to help the gas company fight corruption allegations in Ukraine. During Biden’s tenure on the company’s board, Joe Biden served as vice president, overseeing U.S.-Ukraine relations and policy under the Obama administration.
Grassley and Johnson’s report also revealed that they obtained records from the U.S. Treasury that “show potential criminal activity related to Hunter Biden, his family, and his dealings with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals” .
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Grassley and Johnson said they received records showing that Hunter Biden “sent thousands of dollars to individuals who were “involved in transactions that may involve human trafficking, ties to the adult entertainment industry, or possible ties to prostitution” “.
“Some of the recipients of these funds were Ukrainian or Russian citizens,” the report said, adding that “records indicate that Hunter Biden sent money to nonresident alien women in the United States, who were Russian and Ukrainian citizens, as evidenced by the Verifiable fact. They then wired the funds they received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.
“The records also indicated that some of these transactions were linked to ‘what appeared to be Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking rings’,” the report said.
Meanwhile, the report noted that Senate investigators found millions of dollars in “suspicious financial transactions” between Hunter Biden and his associates and foreign individuals, including the wife of the former Moscow mayor and individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party .
Rosemont Seneca Thornton, an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden, has been hired from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of the Russian capital, reports said. Wire transfer received for $3.5 million”.
The report goes further, claiming that not only Hunter Biden, but other members of the Biden family “are involved in a vast financial network that connects them to foreigners and foreign governments across the globe.”
After the 2020 presidential election, Hunter Biden himself revealed that he was under federal investigation for “tax matters.”
Hunter Biden has been federal investigation A source familiar with the matter told Fox News since 2018.
Fox News has learned that the investigation has now entered a “critical phase” as officials examine whether to charge President Biden’s son with various tax violations and possible violations of foreign lobbying.
A federal grand jury investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings concluded its latest term late last month, another source told Fox News, but said no charges had yet been brought.
Investigation by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, Prosecutor appointed by former President Donald Trump.
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Weiss and Justice Department officials are examining whether to charge Hunter Biden with various tax violations and, more seriously, possible violations of foreign lobbying, sources told Fox News Wednesday. Hunter Biden could face misrepresentation charges, sources said.
Fox News first reported in December 2020 that Hunter Biden was the subject/target of a grand jury investigation, according to a well-informed government source. According to the source, “target” means “someone has a high probability of committing a crime,” while “object” is someone you are “not sure” of the crime.
The federal investigation of Hunter Biden is based in part on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) about suspicious foreign transactions.
Another source familiar with the investigation told Fox News in December 2020 that the DC was linked to funding from “China and other foreign countries.”
A Treasury official who did not comment on the investigation has spoken out about SARs, telling Fox News that financial institutions file SARs “if there is anything unusual about a transaction.”
The official told Fox News that simply filing a SAR does not imply a criminal act or a violation. Rather, it’s a sign that the transaction is “unusual” for the customer. However, the official noted that the SAR could be part of a money laundering or tax investigation.
Hunter Biden said in December 2020: “I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these issues will demonstrate that I have conducted my affairs lawfully and properly, including in professional with the help of a tax advisor.”