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A non-profit public interest law firm is suing the Justice Department for records relating to an FBI briefing provided to United States senators that appears to be part of a scheme by the agency to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department for “all records in the possession of FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten regarding an August 6, 2020, briefing provided to members of the U.S. Senate. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) raised concerns that the briefing was intended to undermine the senators’ investigation of Hunter Biden.”

According to whistleblowers who have contacted Grassley, that briefing appears to have been part of an illegal disinformation campaign by the FBI to interfere in the 2020 presidential election and defeat President Donald Trump.

“[T]here was a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation,” said Johnson.

“[T]he FBI’s August 6, 2020 briefing was indeed a targeted effort to intentionally undermine a Congressional investigation,” adds Johnson. 

“The FBI being weaponized against two sitting chairmen of U.S. Senate committees with constitutional oversight responsibilities would be one of the greatest episodes of Executive Branch corruption in American history,” said Johnson.

In the final weeks of the 2020 election the contents of a laptop computer belonging to Hunter Biden, the adult son of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, became public.  

The photographs and documents appeared to document drug use, involvement in the human trafficking of European prostitutes, and possibly illegal foreign business deals – at least one of which appeared to benefit Joe Biden.

Members of the United States Senate began investigating the matter, citing the obvious threat to national security and high-level corruption.

As it became apparent the issue could negatively impact Biden’s presidential bid, FBI officials contacted Grassley and Johnson, unsolicited, and offered to provide a “briefing” on the matter.

It was in that briefing that Auten falsely, told senators the contents were “planted” by “Russian agents.”  It is apparent Auten and FBI officials knew that claim was false when they made it.

According to Johnson, he and Grassley immediately suspected the sudden FBI briefing “was a set up to intentionally discredit our ongoing work into Hunter Biden’s extensive foreign financial entanglements.”

That FBI briefing was then “leaked” to The Washington Post, who falsely reported the FBI had proven was no truth to the truthful information and anyone who claimed Hunter Biden was involved in corruption was working on behalf of Russia. 

Biden would go on to defeat President Donald Trump.

In reality, the contents of the laptop were authentic and were not the work of Russian agent.  The FBI’s claims of “planted Russian evidence” echoed earlier false claims Trump had “colluded” with “Russian agents.”

Auten, the agent who provided the “briefing,” is now under investigation, Judicial Watch notes.

Whistleblowers tells Grassley that, during the 2020 election, senior FBI officials shut down several attempts to investigate corroborated claims of corruption against Biden family members.

Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.


  1. Do not believe any ivestigation will be of any value as it will be sided track by the fbi, doj, any other legal department and confiscate any real evidence in the name of national security.

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