Former AG: Grassley, GOP could be ‘onto something big’ in accusing FBI of Hunter Biden cover-up

(Video: Fox News)

Reacting to the report from Chuck Grassley about an alleged widespread effort within the FBI to downplay or discredit negative information concerning Hunter Biden, former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker indicated that the longtime GOP U.S. senator from Iowa is on to “something big.”

“Yeah, this is interesting information, and Chuck Grassley is my home-state senator in Iowa, and he is not one to rattle the partisan sabre very often, so this is concerning,” Whitaker told the “Fox & Friends First” crew, namely Carley Shimkus and Todd Piro, on Wednesday morning about the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee in the upper chamber.

Whitaker elaborated: “And the most important thing is that he names two individuals, one at the FBI, and one at the Department of Justice criminal division, that did this. And what I think the information he has is probably that when the laptop was discovered, that folks went to the Department of Justice to say, ‘is there a real investigation?’

“And while there appears to have been a real investigation, these individuals told the news media, probably off the record and not for attribution, that either this was disinformation, or there wasn’t an investigation, and obviously that affects the reporting when reporters are told what’s not true. And so, I think Chuck Grassley is on to something big here, and hopefully he is given the documents he’s asking for, and the information will be provided, so that he can do a full investigation, because that’s the Senate’s job, is oversight.”

Citing new whistleblower information provided to his office, Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Chris Wray last month that it “involves concerns about the FBI’s receipt and use of derogatory information related to Hunter Biden, and the FBI’s false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation.”

Biden, of Laptop from Hell fame, is reportedly under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in Delaware (perhaps the only Trump-appointed holdover at that level who Joe Biden didn’t eventually fire after taking office) for alleged influence-peddling in Ukraine, China, and elsewhere.

A grand jury has reportedly been empaneled as part of the probe into possible tax fraud and other potential wrongdoing. Both Bidens have denied any impropriety. False statements the younger Biden allegedly made on the federal firearms background check form could also be an issue.

As well chronicled, Deep State actors and the corporate media outlets disparaged or ignored the Hunter laptop story in the run-up to the November 2020 election, as alluded to above.

Piro recalled that during the Trump presidency that “It seemed like the FBI was going after him. Just we have the reverse here — the FBI actively not going after Hunter Biden. How compromised is our FBI, you know, the people that are supposedly keeping us safe from terrorists? How compromised is this bureau?”

Whitaker implied that the FBI has become too politicized and its director Christopher Wray needs to be more proactive to put a stop to it:

I’ve said several times that Chris Wray needs to get this partisan nature and any political bias out of the FBI. In this example we we’re just talking about, this FBI agent that Chuck Grassley is asking questions about, had very derogatory social media postings, which again makes no sense why an FBI agent would be on social media doing politics, but was, and so these are the kind of things that raise questions. And I think Chuck Grassley is absolutely right, and my point as well, is that the FBI and the Department of Justice need to be above politics. And right now, especially this January 6th investigation, and the Hunter Biden investigation, appear to have a partisan tint to it, and it’s not good for the rule of law and the long-term success of the Department of Justice.”


Likely relying on swampy establishment advice, Wray’s 10-year appointment as FBI chief appears to be another lackluster hire by ex-President Donald Trump. Reports have emerged that Trump plans to reshape the federal bureaucracy, however, if he runs and wins in 2024.

The way the incumbent president’s son is being treated, moreover, appears to be a far cry from the manner in which federal agents handled Gen. Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Peter Navarro, James O’Keefe, and others whom the Democrats consider their political adversaries.

Whitaker, who was acting AG in the Trump administration in the interim period between Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr, also commented on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s NBC interview in which the latter refused to rule out a criminal prosecution of Trump in connection with the January 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol.

According to Whitaker, in the end, Garland won’t charge Trump, but he questioned why there is so little daylight between the partisan J6 committee and the DOJ, which perhaps has separation-of-powers implications.

“The Department of Justice appears to be actively not only paying attention to what the House committee is doing, but also taking its cues from it. I’m really concerned that the separation between these two branches is almost invisible as it relates to the January 6 investigation. There are so many things they could be doing with their time, because every time you take resources and put them on one investigation, you have to take them off of and not do other investigations, so [Garland’s] interview, I was very concerned about several things he said.”

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