'Corrupted to their very core': Whistleblowers say DOJ, FBI show political bias in investigations

"If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are – and have been – institutionally corrupted to their very core," Grassley wrote

Updated: July 25, 2022 - 3:37pm

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A string of whistleblowers within the FBI allege that the bureau and the Department of Justice have selectively observed federal guidelines, launching investigations into conservative-aligned figures without sufficient basis to do so.

In a Monday press release from Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican highlighted whistleblower accusations that "Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault disregarded agency guidelines requiring substantial factual predication to trigger investigations."

Grassley's office noted that Thibault played a pivotal role in opening an investigation into the Trump campaign using information from a
"left-aligned organization" and that he whitewashed the source's biases to coax approval for an investigation from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Moreover, the whistleblowers further allege that Thibault worked to falsely discredit legitimate evidence against Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, related to his finances and business deals abroad.

Grassley wrote last week to Wray and Garland to address the allegations against Thibault, making bold pronouncements as to the state of the American justice system should they prove true.

"If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are – and have been – institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law," he wrote.

The Iowa Senator, in late May, wrote to Wray, Garland, and Inspector General Michael Horowitz to call their attention to politically charged social media posts Thibault made at the expense of Republicans.