FBI official who heads Jan 6 probe, office authorized Trump raid to retire prior to House switching to Republican leadership

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WASHINGTON, DC- Investigative reporter Julie Kelly tweeted last week that the FBI agent who headed the FBI’s Washington, D.C. field office is retiring ahead of the Republicans (possibly) taking control of Congress, according to an internal FBI memo from FBI Director Christopher Wray.

That agent, Steven D’Antuono was famously head of the Detroit field office which helped facilitate the kidnapping scheme of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and who was rewarded with the DC office gig, is retiring at the end of November.

The timing comes as Republicans, who would enjoy subpoena power as the majority party in the House, appear to be ready to assume the majority, barring any last-minute hijinks to which we’ve become accustomed over the past couple of election cycles.

In the memo, Wray announced that David Sundberg would assume D’Antuono’s role as assistant director of the DC field office, which has been also leading the FBI’s obsessive manhunt of anyone who so much as walked near the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Last month Kelly, reporting for American Greatness, wrote that two men who were convicted in connection with the alleged Whitmer plot are seeking a new trial, claiming both jury and judicial misconduct.

The two men—Adam Fox and Barry Croft—were found guilty this summer during a second trial, the first of which ended up in a hung jury. Two additional co-defendants were acquitted after it was determined the two had been entrapped by the FBI.

All of this is one reason why Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee would be interested in getting D’Antuono to testify before that body. As a federal employee, he would be compelled to testify. As a civilian, it makes the task much more difficult.

As head of the Detroit field office, D’Antuono oversaw the investigation into the alleged kidnapping scheme, including compensating an FBI informant, Dan Chappel, to the tune of at least $60,000 in cash along with other personal items in exchange for getting the defendants involved in the plot.

Kelly reported that D’Antuono was subsequently promoted to the DC field office, ostensibly to lead the agency’s efforts into the absurd narrative that so-called “white supremacist” pose an existential threat to the country. All of this of course came after the violent “summer of love” in 2020, where far-left terrorists wreaked havoc in cities across the U.S. in the name of “racial justice.”

Just after D’Antuono was promoted  and just a week or so after the FBI announced his new gig in a press release on Oct 13, 2020, agents from the DC field office conducted an interview with former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski.

Bobulinski told Tucker Carlson of Fox News that “as much [sic] as six federal agents” were involved in the meeting. Bobulinski  alleged that Joe Biden was intimately involved in Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business dealings, a sharp contrast to statements Joe Biden has repeatedly made.

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During the interview, Kelly wrote, Bobulinski outlined his background with the Biden crime family and discussed various aspects of their business ventures.

One FBI agent gave Bobulinski’s lawyers the contact information, including the cell phone number for Tim Thibault, serving as special agent in charge of the DC field office. He was described as the agency’s “point person” on the matter.

Over the course of the following week, Thibault spoke with Bobulinski’s attorneys, however those communications soon ceased, he told Carlson.

Of course as usually happens in the swamp known as Washington, DC, there was a reason why…FBI whistleblowers allege that Thibault shut down any probe into Hunter Biden’s shady business activities.

“[In] October 2020, an avenue of additional derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed at the direction of ASAC Thibault,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote to Wray and AG Merrick Garland in July.

Thibault was already on the radar of Senate Republicans for social media activity that indicated extreme bias against former Pres. Donald Trump and members of his administration.

“In addition, ASAC Thibault allegedly ordered the matter closed without providing a valid reason as required by FBI guidelines. Despite the matter being closed in such a way that the investigative avenue might be opened later, it’s alleged that FBI officials, including ASAC Thibault, subsequently attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened up in the future.”

According to Kelly, Thibault resigned this past August and has since retained a lawyer.

Recall that just before the November 2020 election, the FBI sent a memo to social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter “warning” them that the Russians would be dropping disinformation related to Hunter Biden in order to hurt his father’s election prospects.

Hence, the burying of the laptop story. In other words, this appeared, Grassley alleged, to be an organized scheme among some officials within the FBI to undermine any derogatory information attributed to Hunter Biden.

All of this served as a pretext, Kelly wrote, for Thibault and probably D’Antuono to quash any investigation into Biden’s laptop, or claims made by Bobulinski. Of course only months later, D’Antuono would be graced with having his office lead the investigation into events surrounding the January 6 US Capitol breach.

During a January 12, 2021 press conference, D’Antuono blustered about the “brutality” of January 6 and promised such conduct “would not be tolerated by the FBI.” D’Antuono promised the FBI would work around the clock and across the country to bring anyone involved with the breach to justice…and boy has he delivered, with the FBI conducting armed pre-dawn raids of even the most innocuous attendees at the US Capitol that day.

Remember the explosive device left outside the headquarters of both the RNC and DNC on the evening of January 5? We do, but apparently D’Antuono, who called it a “top priority” of the FBI while alleging the mystery pipe bomber was tied to the “insurrection” and intended to detonate explosives at major buildings near the Capitol as the joint session met at the Capitol to certify the presidential election results.

“These pipe bombs were viable devices that could have been detonated, resulting in serious injury or death,” he said in a breathless video message posted in March 2021.

He continued that the mystery perpetrator of the pipe bomb, who has been shown on videos taken from surveillance cameras in the area, “may have shown an increased fixation on the current political climate.”

In order to “entice” someone to identify the alleged bomber, the FBI offered a $100,000 reward. Yet 22 months later, not only has nobody been charged with planting the pipe bomb, nobody even talks about it.

D’Antuono was also in charge of the DC field office when a special agent in that office signed an affidavit

to conduct a raid on the Mar-a-Lago home of the former president, Donald Trump this past August. The raid was conducted under a continuing myriad of reasons, from keeping classified documents to having the nuclear codes to being the person who shot JR Ewing on the classic TV series Dallas.

The raid resulted in the agency confiscating 200,000 pages of presidential and personal records, in addition to clothing, books, press clippings and letters. Kelly noted that out of the 11,000 plus documents seized, only 100 allegedly had “classified” markings.

D’Antuono’s decision to retire as Republicans may be poised to take control of the House and its related committees, including judiciary, is extremely suspicious.

The FBI has become a quasi-enforcement arm of the Democratic Party, with its more recent targets of armed pre-dawn raids being pro-life advocates. Republicans would clearly be interested in speaking with D’Antuono.

Now, with his decision to retire, it will be much more difficult for Republicans to gain his cooperation.


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