The FBI has been under intense scrutiny in recent days amid allegations of political bias ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Specifically, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the bureau contacted Facebook in an apparent attempt to ensure that coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop was suppressed on the social media platform. Whistleblowers within the agency have indicated that they were advised not to investigate the then-Democratic nominee’s son in connection with evidence contained in the abandoned computer.
In response to reports that the special agent believed to be at the center of the scheme recently left the FBI, former President Donald revisited his claim that the result of the 2020 election was illegitimate.
BREAKING REPORT: FBI Agent Who OPENED TRUMP INVESTIGATION Tim Thibault Is Escorted from Headquarters…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) August 29, 2022
Apparently referencing the recent news of Timothy Thibault’s exit from the bureau, Trump wrote: “So now the con man Special Agent of the FBI has announced, right after getting caught RIGGING the 2020 Presidential Election (and many other things!), and getting blasted by his ‘bosses,’ that it would be a good time for him to ‘retire.’”
In a lengthy post to his Truth Social website on Wednesday, the former president said that situation has resulted in America becoming a “strictly Third World” nation, going on to express gratitude to the “many FBI & DOJ Whistleblower who have flooded the officers of our Senators & Congressmen/women with really bad things to say about what is going on.”
Trump expressed skepticism regarding claims that Thibault retired from the FBI, asserting that he was “perp walked out of the Headquarters Building on a hot, sunny afternoon in August, after being screamed at and ridiculed by his bosses.”
He labeled Thibault’s departure the “FIRING FROM HELL,” suggesting that the entire narrative further supports his claim that the “Election was Irrefutably Compromised, Rigged, and Stolen!”
The previous day, Trump similarly claimed that the 2020 election was tainted by “Criminal Election Interference,” writing: “Declare the rightful winner, or hold a new Election, NOW!”
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement in response to the recent whistleblower allegations, reiterating the standing policy of the Justice Department that no “employee may communicate with Senators, Representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination, consultation, and approval” by the Office of Legislative Affairs.
As for the controversy surrounding Thibault’s retirement, his attorneys declared: “He firmly believes that any investigation will conclude that his supervision, leadership and decision making were not impacted by political bias or partisanship of any kind. He is confident that all of his decisions were consistent with the FBI’s highest standards for ethics and integrity.”