Recently retired FBI agent Timothy Thibault (pictured) claims a probe into whether he has political biases when it comes to the Hunter Biden laptop case will fully exonerate him and prove his actions were not politically motivated
The FBI agent who retired amid allegations of bias in the bureau’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal insists an investigation will find his actions were not politically motivated.
The law firm representing former agent Timothy Thibault, Morrison & Foerster LLP, notes in a statement that the Office of the Special Counsel is looking into allegations that their client’s social media posts were in violation of the Hatch Act.
Thibault was one of the 13 assistant special agents assigned to investigate the Hunter laptop saga, he was specifically the Special Agent in Charge of the case.
He was removed from his supervisory role by FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this month after agency whistleblowers shed light on an alleged pattern of political bias from multiple high-ranking officials.
On Friday, Thibault was escorted from the building after retiring from his role, according to reports.
Donald Trump insisted the escorted exit is further proof of funny business surrounding Thibault’s handling of the probe into the contents of Hunter’s laptop, suggesting that it was a ‘forced retirement’ situation.
‘People that ‘retire’ from the FBI aren’t perp walked out of the Headquarters Building on a hot, sunny afternoon in August, after being screamed at and ridiculed by his bosses,’ the former president posted to Truth Social on Wednesday morning.
He added: ‘Like the Laptop, this was the FIRING FROM HELL!’
Thibault’s representation claims, however, that after turning in his security badge, which is standard practice, he walked through the FBI field office with two long-time agent friends and ‘walked out of the building by himself.’
‘Claims to the contrary are false,’ the firm wrote in a statement on behalf of their client.
The firm also claims that he was not forced or asked to retire and was not fired.
Thibault’s representation said he is cooperating with the special counsel probe and will be ‘fully exonerated’ once the review is complete.
Trump claims the reported escort out of the FBI field office is proof of funny business by Thibault in the handling of Hunter’s laptop case. But the firm representing the retired FBI agent claims he walked out of the building alone
The Hatch Act, which he is being probed for allegedly violating, restricts federal employees from engaging in political activity or publicly sharing political views or biases.
‘He firmly believes that any investigation will conclude that his supervision, leadership and decision making were not impacted by political bias or partisanship of any kind,’ Morrison & Foerster LLP said of Thibault.
‘He is confident that all of his decisions were consistent with the FBI’s highest standards for ethics and integrity,’ they added.
The firm also insists that Thibault ‘did not supervise the investigation of Hunter Biden.’
‘Mr. Thibault was not involved in any decisions related to any laptop that may be at issue in that investigation, and he did not seek to close the investigation,’ Morrison said.
The case is now being handled by the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office.
The firm reiterated Thibault was not involved whatsoever in the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in early August.
Besides the whistleblower complaints, the removal from his supervisor role and his subsequent retirement, Thibault was also singled out by Senate Judiciary ranking member Chuck Grassley this summer.
A July 18 letter Senator Grassley sent to Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland implored the pair to act on allegations of political bias influencing agency operations.
‘As you are aware, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault is not the only politically biased FBI agent at the Washington Field Office,’ Grassley wrote, reminding Wray that ‘the FBI answers to Congress and the American people.’
Thibault’s resignation follows a flurry of damning claims about the FBI and their handling of the Hunter probe.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson sent a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz last week claiming the bureau deliberately dragged its feet in the investigation and told agents not to look at the laptop.
‘Recently, my office heard from individuals with knowledge of the FBI’s apparent corruption,’ Johnson said.
Thibault was one of 13 assistant special agents assigned to investigate the Hunter Biden laptop saga and was removed from the supervisory role by FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this month after agency whistleblowers shed light on an alleged pattern of political bias from multiple high-ranking officials
Thibault was put in charge of the Hunter Biden laptop saga. Pictured: An image President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden smoking a cigarette in a bathtub was among several images recovered from his abandoned laptop
President Joe Biden (left) and Hunter Biden (right) leaving church in South Carolina earlier this month. The White House has generally avoided discussing the laptop story and investigation and has deferred to the Department of Justice when asked
GOP senators DEMAND Facebook hands over conversations with the FBI over suppressing Hunter Biden laptop scandal
Senate Republicans Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson have written a letter to Facebook demanding they hand over any communications they had with the FBI and the DOJ regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop and business dealings.
The letter, addressed to Mark Zuckerberg, also requests names of FBI and DOJ officials who told the social media behemoth that a document dump ahead of the 2020 election was ‘Russian disinformation.’
That warning allegedly pushed Facebook to censor and shut down reports regarding the laptop in the New York Post.
Johnson and Grassley write: ‘The American people deserve to know whether the FBI used Facebook as part of their alleged plan to discredit information about Hunter Biden.’
Grassley said he would continue investigating Hunter Biden and wanted to root out ‘political bias’ within the FBI, during a gathering with Iowa Republicans on Sunday.
They added: ‘If so, Congress and the American people require clarity with respect to the extent the FBI communicated with Facebook during the 2020 election about Hunter Biden-related information.’
‘After the FBI obtained the Hunter Biden laptop from the Wilmington, DE computer shop, these whistleblowers stated that local FBI leadership told employees, ‘you will not look at that Hunter Biden laptop’ and that the FBI is ‘not going to change the outcome of the election again,” Johnson wrote to Horowitz.
‘While I understand your hesitation to investigate a matter that may be related to an ongoing investigation, it is clear to me based on numerous credible whistleblower disclosures that the FBI cannot be trusted with the handling of Hunter Biden’s laptop,’ Johnson said.
‘I hope you understand that the longer your office stands on the sidelines and delays investigating the FBI’s actions, the harder it will be for you to uncover the truth and hold individuals accountable for wrongdoing.’
Horowitz told Johnson in February 2021 that the OIG would not investigate the FBI’s handling of the laptop so as not to interfere with the Department of Justice’s investigation into Hunter’s tax affairs.
In October 2020, one month before the election, ‘an avenue of derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed’ by Thibault, Senator Grassley claimed in a letter to Wray and Garland.
Thibault shut down the investigation despite evidence that some of the details were true, according to that whistleblower.
‘Allegations provided to my office appear to indicate that there was a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation,’ Grassley wrote.
Earlier this month FBI director Christopher Wray, testified that he found allegations the FBI mishandled the laptop to be ‘deeply troubling.’
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice probe in Delaware has intensified in recent weeks over whether to bring charges on tax violations or making false statements on purchasing a gun, sources told CNN.
Hunter would have been prohibited from buying a gun at the time because of his well-documented struggles with drug addiction.
He revealed after the 2020 election that he was being investigated on tax issues but denied any wrongdoing.
FROM A DELAWARE REPAIR SHOP TO GLOBAL HEADLINES: THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP SCANDAL
April 12, 2019: Hunter brought in damaged equipment to John Paul Mac Isaac’s laptop repair store The Mac Shop in Wilmington, Delaware.
April 15, 2019: Mac Isaac called Hunter to drop off a drive related to the recovery efforts.
April 16, 2019: Hunter dropped off the drive and requested Mac Isaac bill him thru Square when complete the next day. This was the last time he ever heard or saw Hunter.
April 17, 2019: The job was completed and bill sent and called for collection.
April 25, 2019: Joe Biden announced his candidacy for president.
September 3, 2019: Mac Isaac spoke to his father about concerns related to the contents of the laptop and decided to approach the FBI in New Mexico.
September 20, 2019: While waiting for a copy of the hard drive to arrive that he sent to my father, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about a whistleblower involving a Ukrainian phone call.
October 9, 2019: Mac Isaac’s father approached the FBI in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a copy of Hunter’s hard drive. The FBI refused the drive, claiming it was not a federal issue. He claimed the FBI told his father to get a lawyer and leave the FBI field office.
November 1, 2019: The FBI agent reached out to Mac Isaac’s father.
November 13, 2019: Public impeachment hearings against Donald Trump begun in the Intelligence Committee.
November 19, 2019: Two FBI agents visited Mac Isaac at his home. He presented Agents Joshua and Mike with document he thought were relevant to the impeachment trial. He claimed the agents refused to look at anything and again refused to take the laptop for evaluation, claiming they needed to run it by their legal team.
December 2, 2019: Agent Joshua calls Mac Isaac to says he want to come to the shop with an FBI tech guy and make a clone of the hard drive.
December 9, 2019: Agents Joshua and Mike arrive at the shop with a subpoena to collect Hunter’s back up drive, along with the laptop and any related paperwork for the repair job.
January 16, 2020: Impeachment trial starts against Trump. There was no mention of Hunter’s laptop. Mac Isaac said this is when he knew for sure the FBI cared more about protecting the Bidens than protecting the then-president or the small town shop owner.
Late February thru August 2020: Mac Isaac’s uncle and father, both retired Col. in the Air Force, knocked on the doors of several members of Congress and White House staffers but got no response.
August 26, 2020: Mac Isaac sent an email to the office of Trump’s lawyer at the time, Rudy Giuliani, detailing efforts to get the contents of the drive to the correct authorities.
August 27, 2020: Giuliani’s lawyer, Bob Costello, sent a response to Mac Isaac and the two spoke on the phone. It ended in the decision to overnight send a copy of the drive to Giuliani’s office.
August 28, 2020: Giuliani’s office received the hard drive.
September 23, 2020: Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson released their report on Hunter’s activity.
September 24, 2020: Mac Isaac sent a letter to Senator Johnson’s office thru their whistle blower link and explained the situation related to the laptop hard drive.
September 25, 2020: Johnson’s office responded. They asking for more information, including if Mac Isaac is a U.S. citizen, who the agents were who collected Hunter’s equipment and whether he had legal counsel.
October 5, 2020: Johnson’s office questioned Mac Isaac over the phone along with two members of the National Security Agency (NSA). They questioned Mac Isaac on if he worked for anyone and if he is Russian. He said they asked nothing about the laptop or its contents.
October 11, 2020: A reporter from the New York Post tracked Mac Isaac down to confirm he had a copy of Hunter’s laptop. The computer repairman called Bob Costello and asked how his identity was leak to the press, but was assured it was normal before a story broke to be leaked. He was also told his name would be left out of the reporting.
October 13, 2020: Hunter’s lawyer called Mac Isaac asking for the laptop.
October 14, 2020: The New York Post broke the initial story at 6:30 a.m. about Hunter’s laptop. Mac Isaac’s inbox started blowing up a couple minutes later and by 9:30 a.m., Twitter, Facebook and Google blocked or repressed the story.