Sometimes a story is revealed that's quite unexpected in a very unpredictable political climate. This happened on Monday. The news media reported that Timothy Thibault, FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge (that's an euphemism), was escorted out of the FBI headquarters by several “official-looking” individuals.
Then, it was confirmed that Thibault, who was involved in ” election integrity” initiatives in the 2020 presidential election, was removed from the team because of the bias of a political party and trying to cover up what was known about the Hunter Biden laptop story as late as the year 2019. This was long before the DOJ's 90-day rule prior to the election to not investigate politically motivated cases was implemented which showed that there was a thoughtful attempt to safeguard Joe Biden. Thibault also played a role in the initiation of the ongoing criminal probe regarding Donald Trump, which most recently saw the FBI searching Trump's Florida residence.
The Washington Times reported eyewitness accounts that “Mr. Thibault was seen exiting the bureau's elevator last Friday escorted by two or three ‘headquarters-looking types.'” The article appears to have been updated and now states that Thibault “abruptly resigned” but that he was “forced to leave his post” and cites two unnamed former FBI officials.
Whistleblowers have claimed that Thibault did not disclose the facts that were partisan to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland in order to gain their consent to launch an investigation into the former president Donald Trump. The investigation ended with the police raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate earlier in the month.
The big question, for me at most, is what this could mean for the Hunter Biden investigation. I'll admit that I'm naturally skeptical and the fact that Trump was not snatched away as the FBI hasn't even touched Biden's son in the open despite evidence of criminality was not exactly an increase in confidence in the credibility of the bureau. There's no reason to be embarrassed for thinking Hunter Biden was being let go scot-free.
Could this be an indication that the issues have gotten way too big? Thibault was evidently in the middle of trying to thwart this Hunter Biden scandal, going even to end the investigation just a year prior to elections for the presidency in 2020. The removal of Thibault is something in the direction that the FBI and DOJ would not take If there weren't some other issue taking place. We've seen the unscrupulous characters these institutions have protected over time.
Perhaps, the pressure inside has become excessive. I'm sure there's some hope in that assertion. However, perhaps there are some good people left within the federal system who won't remain silent and let Biden's rotten record slide. Also, I'm not suggesting AG Merrick Garland will suddenly stop being an opportunist for his fellow citizens in the White House. I'm suggesting that a lot of people have spoken out, and he was unable to avoid the issue any longer.
I'm going to go on a limb with this statement, but I think Hunter Biden is ultimately going to be charged and I believe the move made by Thibault is an indication that the investigation has reached its boiling point. It is unlikely to happen prior to November due to the policy mentioned above (though it shouldn't be applicable for Hunter Biden, in my opinion). However, I think that the matter is so serious that Biden's DOJ will be able to continue covering the truth without getting found guilty. The recent rash of FBI and DOJ whistleblowers has done tremendous good by forcing accountability from people who would otherwise not have stepped forward.
In addition, due to Thibault's involvement in the Mar-a-Lago raid, there's a possibility that Thibault was involved in the raid and that the FBI recognized that it was crossing a line that it shouldn't have crossed. This could lead to a course change, but this isn't one that would be a source of satisfaction for any one. There's still work to be done and in a world which has not been a source of good news in recent times, this could be a modest, but welcomed ray of hope.