FBI agents are involved in the investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, according to the bureau’s director.
Appearing before a Senate committee on Capitol Hill on Aug. 4, Director Christopher Wray was asked about a whistleblower report saying Timothy Thibault, an assistant special agent in charge of the Washington field office, in 2020 shut down pursuit of derogatory information about Hunter Biden, the president’s son.
“Did he or does he work on the FBI investigation into Hunter Biden?” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked.
“So, the investigation that you are referring to—and I have to be a little bit careful, because we are talking about an ongoing investigation—is being run on of our Baltimore field office, working with the Delaware U.S. Attorney, who is a holdover from the prior administration,” Wray said.
The comment appears to be the first time that FBI involvement in the probe has been confirmed.
“We have nothing further to add to the Director’s testimony,” a spokesperson for the FBI’s Baltimore office told The Epoch Times in an email.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment. The Department of Justice has declined to comment. Hunter Biden’s lawyer has not returned inquiries.
The younger Biden said in December 2020 that he had learned the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware was “investigating my tax affairs.”
He said he was confident the probe would conclude he handled his affairs “legally and appropriately.”
Joe Biden, who had not been sworn into office at the time, said through a spokesperson that he was “deeply proud of his son.” The president has maintained his son has not done anything wrong.
The U.S. attorney’s office said at the time that “we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.”
A subpoena disclosed in January showed that David Weiss, who heads the office and was appointed by former President Donald Trump, showed that authorities issued a subpoena for transactions between the accounts of Hunter Biden, the president’s brother James Biden, and the Bank of China.
Hunter Biden conducted a number of business deals while his father was vice president from 2009 to 2017, including hammering out deals with Chinese and Russian nationals.
The deals involved “potential criminal activity,” according to a report from Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released in 2020.
In March, the senators revealed bank records that showed payments were made to Hunter Biden from a company linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
The receipts are just some of the records that “undeniably show strong links between the Biden family and communist China,” Grassley said on the Senate floor.
Wray: ‘Deeply Troubling’
Wray, meanwhile, declined to confirm or deny whether Thibault, who has a series of social media posts displaying animus against Republicans, is involved in the Hunter Biden probe.
He did say that he reviewed the allegations from the whistleblower.
“I want to be very careful not to interfere with ongoing personnel matters,” he told Kennedy. “I should say that when I read the letter that describes the kinds of things you are talking about, I found it deeply troubling.”
“It is troubling,” Kennedy said.
“I feel very strongly, and I have communicated consistently since I started as director that our folks need to make sure they are not just doing the right thing, that they are doing it in the right way and that they avoid even the appearance of bias or lack of objectivity,” Wray added later.
Thibault’s behavior “is not representative of the FBI that I see up close every day in this country, where I see patriots working their tail off,” he also said.
From The Epoch Times