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FBI official who headed Whitmer, Jan. 6 probes set to retire ahead of GOP's control of House

Steven D'Antuono projected out at the end of November.

Published: November 12, 2022 4:01pm

Updated: November 13, 2022 1:03am

Steven D'Antuono, the FBI agent in charge of the investigations into both the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, is set to retire at the end of the month, just weeks before the Republican Party is projected to take the House and likely apply increased scrutiny to those probes.

An internal FBI memo, written by FBI Director Chris Wray and circulated on social media, revealed that D'Antuono will be retiring at the end of the month from his role as assistant director of the bureau's Washington field office, to be replaced by Agent David Sundberg. 

Prior to heading up the Jan. 6 investigation, D'Antuono was in charge of the bureau's investigation into the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer. Two of the defendants in that case were acquitted amid allegations that the FBI had effectively entrapped them into taking part in the plot; two others initially received mistrials before being convicted in a second trial.

Earlier this year it became known that D'Antuono had been promoted to the Washington office director. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at the time called the news "astonishing."

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