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An undetermined number of FBI whistleblowers have made some alarming allegations against senior leaders in the bureau, a GOP senator is claiming.
According to Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, several whistleblowers have told him that FBI brass forbade rank-and-file agents from investigating Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 election allegedly because they did not want to influence the outcome against then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The Daily Wire notes: “Revelations from the abandoned laptop, which were also squelched by social media companies and liberal news outlets, paint the president’s son as a drug-addled, venal degenerate and raise troubling questions about President Joe Biden’s own role in his son’s corrupt dealings.”
After hearing the allegations, Johnson sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking him to investigate.
“After the FBI obtained the Hunter Biden laptop from the Wilmington, DE computer shop, these whistleblowers stated that local FBI leadership told employees, ‘you will not look at that Hunter Biden laptop,’” Johnson wrote.
“In October 2020, I called on the FBI to explain what actions it took after receiving the laptop. The FBI failed to respond to my questions and I led the call for you to examine whether the FBI took appropriate and necessary investigative steps after receiving Hunter Biden’s laptop. Four months later, in February 2021, you informed me that your office would not take any actions that could interfere with an ongoing investigation,” Johnson’s letter continued.
“Since then, whistleblowers have come forward to Congress alleging that FBI officials intentionally undermined efforts to investigate Hunter Biden,” he added.
The senator went on to quote FBI management as allegedly telling agents, “You will not look at that Hunter Biden laptop,” while promising that the agency would not meddle in the election, which the New York Post reported was “a reference to the FBI reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server days before the 2016 election.”
John Paul Mac Isaac was right. The FBI warned agents not to touch Hunter Biden’s laptop after he gave it to them in Dec. 2019. That was why he felt compelled to go public 9 months later. FBI whistleblowers spilling more dirt to @SenRonJohnson https://t.co/PIlThWB68F
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) August 25, 2022
But that said, the FBI took possession of the laptop nearly a year before, in December 2019, previous reports have noted.
The Daily Wire adds:
The laptop, which Hunter Biden abandoned at a computer repair shop, is believed to have been in the possession of the FBI since late 2019, more than a year before the election. The New York Post broke the story several weeks before the election, and other conservative media outlets followed suit with stories about the lurid photos, messages and videos on the laptop. But the liberal media, including The New York Times and Washington Post, dismissed the story as “Russian disinformation,” and Twitter even banned the New York Post for reporting on it.
Since then, those same media outlets have acknowledged the authenticity of the laptop, which contains photos of Hunter Biden naked and smoking crack, unseemly discussions about his family and sexual activities, and references to the role of “the Big Guy” in corrupt dealings with foreign entities. The “Big Guy” has been named by former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as Joe Biden.
“I hope you understand that the longer your office stands on the sidelines and delays investigating the FBI’s actions, the harder it will be for you to uncover the truth and hold individuals accountable for wrongdoing,” Johnson wrote in his letter to Horowitz. “The American people deserve transparency and expect allegations of government corruption to be fully and immediately investigated.”
Earlier this month, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that more than an dozen FBI agents had contacted his office with concerns about investigations into parents who pressed local school boards for reforms and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The Ohio Republican, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News host Trey Gowdy, a former GOP lawmaker from South Carolina, that 14 FBI whistleblowers have come forward following the raid a week ago on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
“Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people,” Jordan noted. “There are lots of good people in the FBI. It’s the top that is the problem. Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us what is baloney, what’s going on — the political nature now of the Justice Department — God bless them for doing it — talking about the school board issue, about a whole host of issues.”