A Washington-based FBI agent who opened the FBI investigation into Donald Trump has reportedly been "forced to leave his post." This comes amid accusations that he mishandled the Hunter Biden laptop investigation due to his political bias.
Whistleblowers also allege that Thibault "concealed the partisan nature of evidence from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to secure their approval to open an investigation into former President Donald Trump. That investigation culminated in the FBI's raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month," according to Just The News.
"Timothy Thibault, an assistant special agent in charge, was forced to leave his post according to two former FBI officials familiar with the situation," The Washington Times reports.
Ranking Republican on that Committee Chuck Grassley said in a statement to the Washington Times that: "Mr. Thibault’s blatant partisanship undermined the work and reputation of the FBI. This type of bias in high-profile investigations casts a shadow over all of the bureau’s work that he was involved in, which ranged from opening an investigation into Trump based on liberal news articles to shutting down investigative activity into Hunter Biden that was based on verified information."
"Political bias should have no place at the FBI, and the effort to revive the FBI’s credibility can’t stop with his exit. We need accountability, which is why Congress must continue investigating and the inspector general must fully investigate as I’ve requested," Grassley continued.
Thibault has been under fire from Republicans in congress after it was revealed that he made anti-Trump posts on social media leading up to the 2020 election while he was supposed to be assisting in leading the probe of Hunter Biden.
FBI Director Christopher Wray downplayed Thibault's involvement in the Hunter Biden laptop probe, but did express concern about Thibault's social media activity.
That activity included liking opinion pieces from the Washington Post that took aim at Attorney General Bill Barr, saying that he should have been more aggressive in seeking to prosecute Trump allies.
Thibault also retweeted a Lincoln Project post that said Trump was "a psychologically broken, embittered and deeply unhappy man."
Thibault was a 25-year veteran of the force. The FBI declined to respond to requests for comment from the Washington Times.