Timothy Thibault is in the center of controversy this week due to charges that he exhibited political bias in a number of politically sensitive FBI activities against President Donald J. Trump. Thibault resigned from his FBI position last week.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) stated on Tuesday, when Thibault’s resignation was first reported, that “political bias has no place at the FBI, and the effort to restore the FBI’s credibility cannot end with his departure.” The FBI has declined to comment on anything to do with Thibault, saying they do not comment on “personnel matters.”
Thibault asserts that he is innocent of the charges against him and that a future investigation into Hunter Biden’s laptop would exonerate him.
Thibault’s legal counsel stated last week that their client did not oversee the Hunter Biden laptop inquiry, confirming to various media sites that Thibault quit willingly on Friday, August 26.
It was reported in early August that US Senator Chuck Grassley had fired Thibault and that Christopher Wray had removed Thibault from his’supervisory position’ after department whistleblowers accused high-ranking officials of allowing political bias to influence their handling of the case involving the president’s son.
Thibault asserts through legal counsel that an investigation into whether he has political biases regarding the Hunter Biden laptop issue would totally exonerate him and establish his actions were not politically driven, leading others to believe he was put up as the fall person.
In a statement, the legal firm representing Thibault, Morrison & Foerster LLP adds that the Office of the Special Counsel is investigating charges that their client’s social media statements violated the Hatch Act.
Thibault was one of the thirteen assistant special agents assigned to investigate the Hunter laptop story, and he was the Special Agent in Charge of the case.
Thibault was ousted from his supervisory position by FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this month after agency whistleblowers revealed an alleged pattern of political prejudice on the part of many high-ranking employees, according to The Daily Mail.
President Donald J. Trump tweeted on his social media account on Truth Social that the escorted leave is another evidence of corruption surrounding Thibault’s handling of the investigation into the contents of Hunter’s laptop, implying that it was a ‘forced retirement’
‘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.
Trump reported, ‘Like the Laptop, this was the FIRING FROM HELL!’
The Daily Mail reported that 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.
Thibault’s representation said he is cooperating with the special counsel probe and will be ‘fully exonerated’ once the review is complete.
‘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.
‘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,” The Daily Mail said.
‘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.