Republicans regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives has some red hands rubbing together in anticipation of investigations into Democrat-led actions, some of which will involve the FBI.
The FBI raid on the family home of former President Donald Trump and the seizure of mobile phones from other Republicans, none of which resulted in the announcement of wrongdoing by those persons, have prompted an uproar over the FBI’s techniques and credibility.
After the raid, former President Trump stated, “There has never been a time like this in which law enforcement has been used to break into the home of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country – at a level that has never been seen before, except during extremely dangerous times.” In the same interview with Fox News, Trump added that the agents who performed the search and refused any witnesses to the search “could have planted anything they wanted.”
Now in anticipation of the increased numbers in Congress, Republicans are acting.
A few weeks ago, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee named the nine FBI officials from whom they would “require prompt testimony from” as part of an investigation into possible political prejudice at the bureau.
“Over the past twenty-one months, we have made several requests for information and documents concerning operations and actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the congressmen wrote in a Nov. 12 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“To date, you have ignored these requests, or you have failed to respond sufficiently,” the letter continues. “Please be aware that if our requests remain outstanding at the beginning of the 118th Congress, the Committee may be forced to resort to compulsory process to obtain the material we require.”
Now only weeks after the revelation, a key FBI officer has stepped down just as House Republicans have announced intentions to probe recent activities and actions at the bureau. The Epoch Times claims that Assistant Director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, Steven D’Antuono, is one of the names on the Republican list.
In a post on his LinkedIn page dated 2 December, D’Antuono announced his retirement. “After a 26-year, 10-month career with the FBI, I chose to retire,” D’Antuono wrote. “Yesterday was my last day.”
Attributing the decision to his desire to spend more time with his family, he stated, “Deciding to retire was not easy, it is extremely difficult to say farewell to the mission and the wonderful people I work with, but in making my decision I knew it is time to hand the reins over to the next generation of FBI employees.”
The timing of his announcement, nevertheless, does imply a relationship.
When reached for comment regarding the timing of D’Antuono’s retirement, an FBI spokesperson provided The Epoch Times with a brief statement via email: “ADIC Steven D’Antuono has chosen to retire after nearly 27 years of service with the FBI.”
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