On Friday, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a notice to former FBI agent Timothy Thibault, telling him to keep track of any evidence he has related to the Hunter Biden investigation.
#BREAKING: @Jim_Jordan, @repdarrellissa, @RepMikeJohnson invite Timothy Thibault for transcribed interview and demand the preservation of all existing and future documents related to his role in the politicization of the Department of Justice and FBI. pic.twitter.com/82yDNnNoJm
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) September 24, 2022
The move is seen as a clear indication that Republicans will launch an investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden should they retake control of Congress in the midterm elections.
Thibault made the decision to close a probe into Hunter Biden in October 2020, according to a whistleblower from the FBI.
“Whistleblowers have come to Congress alleging that you were part of a scheme to undermine and discredit allegations of criminal wrongdoing by members of the Biden family,” wrote Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) in the letter. “Accordingly, we believe that you possess information relating to our investigation and we request your assistance with our inquiry.”
“You should construe this preservation notice as an instruction to take all reasonable steps to prevent the destruction or alteration, whether intentionally or negligently, of all documents, communications, and other information, including electronic information and metadata, that are or may be responsive to this congressional inquiry,” the letter continued.
Thibault reportedly had been assigned to investigate Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s business partner. Bubolinski publicly claimed that President Joe Biden had knowledge of Hunter’s international business deals.
Thibault left the FBI in August 2022, but denied the allegations against him.
In addition to Jordan, the letter was signed by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA).
Currently, Democrats have majority control of the House Judiciary Committee, so it is unlikely that they will use their investigative powers to dig into the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden probe.
“[Thibault is] tied to the Hunter Biden scandal, the January 6th investigation, and even Joe Biden’s phony quest to tackle ‘extremism’ throughout the United States,” said a source close to Jordan. “If Republicans take the majority, he will be a top target for Congressional inquiries, and this preservation notice is the first step to doing just that.”