While attention was focused on stories related to Hamas’ attack on Israel and the quest for a new Speaker, House committees (along with Republicans on Senate committees) have been plugging away at their investigations, doing the work the DOJ won’t do. Yesterday, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley made news with a letter sent Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
We so enjoy going to the NEW YORK POST for updates on the Biden family financial scandal, vindicated as they have been on their truthful Hunter laptop story that was smeared as “Russian disinformation.” (The POST is the one that deserves a Pulitzer, not THE NEW YORK TIMES.) As the POST reported, Sen. Grassley’s letter said that according to material turned up by congressional investigators, more than 40 FBI confidential sources, managed by several different FBI field offices, supplied the Bureau with information about potential crimes by Hunter Biden, James Biden and Joe Biden dating back to Joe’s time as Vice President.
“This letter is based on years of investigation, including the provision of information, records and allegations from multiple Justice Department whistleblowers that indicate there is --- and has been --- an effort among certain Justice Department and FBI officials to improperly delay and stop full and complete investigative activity into the Biden family,” he told them.
“Such decisions point to significant political bias infecting the decision-making of not only the Attorney General and FBI Director, but also line agents and prosecutors.”
He singled out FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten for creating the “disinformation” assessment of Hunter’s laptop. This designation was used by a team at FBI headquarters “to discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation and cause investigative activity to cease.”
Then there is FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault, the Bureau’s “point man” on Hunter’s business partner Tony Bobulinski, who as you recall publicly verified the information on the laptop (to crickets in the mainstream media) shortly before the 2020 election. Thibault, Sen. Grassley wrote, ordered that another 2020 probe into the first son’s alleged “criminal financial and related activity” be closed after being pressured by an element from FBI headquarters and the Baltimore office.
Oh, and apparently it wasn’t just Ukraine’s own investigation into Burisma and founder Mykola Zlochevky that was effectively shut down. At the same time Hunter’s seat on Burisma’s board was facing scrutiny because of Trump’s first impeachment over his phone call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act squad based out of the FBI Washington Field Office closed their own “205B” kleptocracy case against Zlochevsky (the man whose dog Hunter Biden is dumber than). So the $80,000 a month he had paid Hunter Biden ended up paying off in more ways than one.
Recall that Trump, during that phone call, had asked Zelenskyy to look into Joe Biden’s role in the firing of prosecutor Viktor Slokin. Of course, what we know today about Biden’s role makes a joke of Trump’s first impeachment, as Biden’s the one who committed the impeachable offense. Victoria Taft at PJ MEDIA makes the case that it was Trump’s impeachment that motivated the FBI to keep the Biden-Burisma scandal quiet.
The FBI’s Pittsburgh field office was involved as well, opening what they call a “guardian assessment” after the kleptocracy case against Zlochevsky was closed. During that assessment, a “1023” document turned up that led to a re-interview of that confidential human source (CHS), generating another “1023.” That’s the document containing bribery allegations against the Bidens --- quoting Zlochevsky as saying “I paid $5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden” --- but the investigators, according to Grassley, were limited in their ability to investigate because it was always just an “assessment.”
Grassley claims that Auten and the Foreign Influence Task Force falsely discredited the bribery allegations as “foreign disinformation” and continued working to shut the investigation down. They did this even though the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, found “no hits to known sources of Russian disinformation.” The NY POST lays all this out in greater detail.
“It should be emphasized,” Grassley wrote, “that the basis for trying to shut down the Biden family ‘1023’ has been described to my office as highly suspect and is contradicted by other documents my office has been told exist within the Foreign Influence Task Force, FBI Seattle Field Office, FBI Baltimore Field Office, and FBI HQ [headquarters] holdings.”
Grassley is demanding an answer from the DOJ and FBI by November 17. Now we get to watch them dodge and weave once again, if they respond at all. The real nature of our laughably-named ‘Justice’ Department is so obvious now that only the most shameless, hard-core partisan Democrats deny it.
As satisfying as it is to quote the NEW YORK POST on anything related to the Hunter Biden laptop, some other news outlets are doing solid reporting as well. For the transcript of the Grassley letter, go to James Lynch at the DAILY CALLER.
John Solomon at JUST THE NEWS focuses on Grassley’s mention of the testimony of U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, who’d told the Judiciary Committee his office uncovered enough evidence of Biden family corruption to refer the case to field offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Delaware.
And in an interview with Alex Marlow, author of the new book BREAKING BIDEN, investigative reporter Peter Schweizer is blunt about the Bidens having run “a very sophisticated and, [he] would argue, criminal enterprise that is designed to leverage Joe’s power, but to keep him at arm’s length so that it is harder to connect him to it.” See the podcast here...
In summary, the FBI gathered criminal information on the Biden clan for 15 years, from 40 sources, and with all they found, were still made to discredit it and shut their investigation down. (This, of course, would have included the time of Trump’s first run for office and also his first impeachment, for which the material on the laptop and other information obtained by the FBI would have been exculpatory.) In the words of former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, appearing Wednesday on Jesse Watters’ FOX NEWS show, “Now they know they can influence the election by smearing [Trump’s] reputation, trying to indict him in every state throughout the United States. That wasn’t the case with Joe Biden. And so there’s two tiers of justice here. It’s blatant, it’s obvious, and I just can’t understand why the American people don’t all see the same thing. It’s clear, it’s crystal clear.”
Kaplan said, “...There’s a lot of politicians that are in office right now [who are] being looked at by the FBI. But quite frankly, because the assessment, the threshold, to open up a full-blown investigation takes probable cause and takes the approval of the attorney general, if you have an attorney general who’s not willing to do what is required to pursue justice and pursue the truth, it’s never gonna get off anybody’s desk and it’s gonna go nowhere.”
Kaplan claims he knows firsthand that while Biden was VP, “no subpoenas were issued, no warrants were executed, no investigative interviews were conducted, because it was shut down by FBI headquarters.”
“That is not how we conduct an investigation if we’re all playing on the same playing field.”