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FBI tipped off Biden presidential transition team to Hunter Biden interview: ex-agent

"This essentially tipped off a group of 16 people very close to President Biden and Hunter Biden and gave this group an opportunity to obstruct the approach of the witness," the unnamed agent said.

Published: August 14, 2023 12:25pm

Updated: August 14, 2023 3:29pm

A former FBI supervisory special agent says agency headquarters tipped off the Biden White House transition team and Secret Service in December 2020 that the agency was seeking to interview first son Hunter Biden.

The agent's statement is included in a transcript of testimony he gave to the House Oversight Committee that was released Monday.

One day after the transition team was tipped off, the FBI was told to wait for a call from the Secret Service giving authorization to interview Hunter Biden, the agent, who was not named by the committee, testified in a hearing last month.

The call never came, the agent said.

"This essentially tipped off a group of 16 people very close to President Biden and Hunter Biden and gave this group an opportunity to obstruct the approach of the witness," the unnamed agent also told the committee.

"I was upset when I learned about it," the agent also said. "I felt it was people that did not need to know about our intent. I believe that the Secret Service had to be notified for our safety, for lack of confusion, for deconfliction, which we would do in so many other cases, but I didn't understand why the initial notification."

The agent's testimony corroborates that of IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, who said the bureau alerted Biden's team about the plan to interview Hunter Biden. 

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