In response to charges that he unlawfully interfered with and impeded an investigation against Hunter Biden before the 2020 election, one of the FBI’s senior employees in the Washington Field Office has confirmed he is no longer employed by the organization. On Tuesday night, Timothy Thibault’s attorneys at Morrison & Foerster issued a statement on his behalf. The lawyers asserted that Thibault left the bureau on his own will and refuted claims that the former assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office was ejected from his position or was led away by FBI agents.
As The Daily Wire reports:
“Mr. Thibault was not fired, not forced to retire, and not asked to retire. On his last day, as part of his processing, Mr. Thibault turned in his security badge and walked with two long-time special agent friends through the field office to finish processing his paperwork. He walked out of the building by himself,” a statement from Thibault’s attorneys and posted online by CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge said.
MEDIA STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF TIMOTHY R. THIBAULT
For Immediate Release⁰[Timothy R. Thibault has retained the pro bono services of Morrison & Foerster LLP.] The following statement may be used, in whole or part, + attributed to Mr. Thibault’s counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP pic.twitter.com/xpWA6hxguJ
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) August 31, 2022
Thibault came under scrutiny after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed a number of partisan social media posts in May that Thibault made to his accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. The posts targeted former President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr. Grassley said the posts potentially ran afoul of federal law and department policy on partisan behavior.
“There have been allegations that his social media posts violated the Hatch Act, and those allegations are being investigated by the Office of Special Counsel. Mr. Thibault is cooperating with that investigation, urges the office to complete its review, and expects to be fully exonerated,” the statement said.
In July, Grassley further revealed, based on FBI whistleblower accounts, allegations that Thibault “removed or watered-down” references to “left-wing entities” that were the source of much of the foundation of a request to open an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign.
Whistleblowers who met with Grassley’s office claimed that Thibault obstructed a Hunter Biden investigation at the same time. Thibault commanded the closure of a Biden investigation avenue. The FBI acquired Biden’s laptop in 2019 from the proprietor of a Delaware computer repair shop. Thibault refuted the accusations, saying he had nothing to do with any decision “related to any laptop.”