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FBI Warned Hunter Biden Investigator to Decline to Respond to House Oversight Committee Question

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A day before meeting with the House Oversight Committee to discuss the joint FBI-Internal Revenue Service investigation of Hunter Biden, a former FBI supervisory agent was told to keep his lips sealed.

The New York Post has obtained a letter written to the agent by FBI General Counsel Jason Jones. The agent’s identity is concealed, but the Post reports he met with committee members.

Jones wrote in the letter that the Justice Department “expects that you will decline to respond to questions seeking non-public information likely covered by one or more components of executive privilege or other significant confidentiality interests, in particular information about deliberations or ongoing investigative activity in law enforcement matters.”

“You should instead refer such questions to the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs,” he wrote.

“Consistent with longstanding practice, this will afford the Department the full opportunity to consider particular questions and possible accommodations that may fulfill the Committee’s legitimate need for information while protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interests,” he wrote.

Jones used the phrase “ongoing criminal investigation and prosecution” multiple times in his letter.

Jones explained that a case should not be discussed until it has been resolved. The long-running investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes has been resolved through a plea agreement, and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 26.

“Specifically, the Committee has stated an interest in what the Committee has described to you as certain events that took place in December 2020 as part of this investigation. As the Department recently emphasized when affirming that U.S. Attorney David Weiss will appear before the House Committee on the Judiciary ‘at an appropriate time, consistent with the law and Department policy,’ the Department’s longstanding policy is to seek ‘wherever possible to provide information about closed, rather than open, matters,’” according to the letter.

Even though the House Oversight Committee identified the individual in question as a former FBI supervisory agent, the letter stated that departing the agency did not exempt the individual from its regulations.

More on this story via The Western Journal:

“Department officials, including those who have left the Department, are obligated to protect non-public information they learned in the course of their work. Such information could be subject to various privileges, including law enforcement, deliberative process, attorney work product, and attorney-client privileges, and privacy interests. Current and former Department officials also must protect classified information, sources and methods, and grand jury information protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e),” the letter said.


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