FBI agent Timothy Thibault accused of interfering with the investigation of Hunter Biden, appointed by the Washington Field Office as a “point man” to manage whistleblower Tony Bobulinsky, the former business partner of First Son, ahead of the 2020 election did – but he suppressed his damaging revelations, sources say.
Bobulinsky spent more than five hours being secretly interviewed by the FBI on October 23, 2020, about his inside knowledge of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s involvement in his son’s business deals with China.
The previous day, he revealed at a press conference that Joe Biden was the “Big Guy” because of a 10% cut in a lucrative joint venture with Chinese energy firm CEFC, according to an email found on Hunter’s abandoned laptop.
Bobulinsky provided the FBI with the contents of three cellphones containing encrypted messages between Hunter and his business partners, as well as emails and financial documents detailing the Biden family’s corrupt influence-peddling operations overseas during Joe’s vice presidency.
But it appears his evidence fell into the same black hole as Hunter’s laptop at the FBI, never to be seen again.
the story he told
Bobulinsky’s FBI interview came a week after material published by The Post from a laptop, including a “Big Guy” message and an email from a Ukrainian energy company executive, showed Hunter with then-VP Biden in Washington in 2015. Thanks for organizing the meeting.
The day Bobulinsky went to the FBI’s Washington field office 11 days before the 2020 presidential election, he was told not to walk to the front door, but to drive into an underground parking garage behind the eight-story building. In northwest DC, a mile from FBI Headquarters.
He met then Criminal and Cyber Division Special Agent James Dawson and FBI Supervisory Special Agent Giulio Arseni.
They handed him over to two young agents, William Novak and Garrett Churchill, who conducted videotaped interviews and provided a receipt for Bobulinsky’s digital data.
He told them about Hunter, his uncle Jim Biden, and partners James Gillier and Rob Walker, who in 2015 and 2016, during Joe’s vice presidency, expanded CEFC into Oman, Romania, Georgia, Kazakhstan and beyond. Used the name Biden to help. She told him about Hunter’s lucrative personal relationship with CEFC chairman Ye Jianming, when the company was brokering China’s $9 billion acquisition of Russian state oil giant Rosneft. Ye was arrested in China in 2018 after the deal collapsed.
The CEFC was the capitalist branch of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to increase the influence of communist regimes around the world.
Bobulinsky also told the FBI about Hunter’s ties with oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, owner of the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma, with Romanian billionaire Gabriel Popoviciu, and with retired FBI director Louis Freih, who was accused by Hunter of helping Popoviciu escape corruption charges. Was brought in as a consultant to help. in Romania.
According to an insider, Novak and Churchill paused the interview several times to consult with Dawson.
Arseny occasionally came into the room and was visited by an FBI forensic team.
Bobulinsky and his lawyer are given Thibault’s cellphone number and told that he will then be their “point man” at the FBI.
That night, Bobulinski’s attorney called Thibault, who said he would soon advise on next steps and whether Bobulinsky should conduct a follow-up interview.
But neither Bobulinsky nor his lawyer were contacted again. Nor was Bobulinsky brought before the Delaware grand jury investigating Hunter.
Dawson moved to the field office in Little Rock, Ark., last July.
Thibault retired from the FBI last week, amid an investigation by the Special Counsel’s Office of his anti-Trump social media posts, and after Republican senators made public allegations that he buried Hunter Biden material that would harm Joe’s candidacy.
Whistleblowers accused Sen. Chuck Grassley of, in an FBI interview with Bobulinsky, the same month that the then assistant special agent in charge Thibault ordered that the investigation into Hunter Biden’s alleged “criminal financial and related activity” be closed.
“In October 2020, ASAC Thibault was ordered to close an avenue of additional abusive Hunter Biden reporting,” Grassley wrote six weeks ago in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“It is alleged that the FBI Headquarters team suggested to FBI agents that the information was at risk of misinformation; however, according to the allegations, [it] The criminal was either verifiable or verifiable via a search warrant… Thibault reportedly ordered the case to be closed in accordance with FBI guidelines without providing a valid reason. [and] It is alleged that FBI officials, including ASAC Thibault, subsequently attempted to improperly mark the case in the FBI system so that it could not be opened in the future.
Grassley also alleged that FBI supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten opened an assessment in August 2020 that was used by an FBI Headquarters team to “falsely discredit Hunter Biden’s negative information and stifle investigative activity.” Verified and verifiable abusive information on Hunter Biden was falsely labeled as false information.
Thibault denied Grassley’s allegations last week. A statement from his supporting attorney said he “did not supervise the Hunter Biden investigation, which … is being handled by the Baltimore Field Office.”
“Notably, Mr. Thibault was not involved in any decisions relating to any laptops that may have been a problem in that investigation and did not seek the closure of the investigation.”
But Thibault’s statement offers no explanation of what he did with Bobulinsky’s information.
Did he give it to the FBI’s Baltimore field office, which was aiding Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’s four-year investigation into Hunter for alleged tax evasion, money laundering and foreign agent violations?
If he did, why did Bobulinsky never testify before the grand jury convened by Weiss last year?
According to one source Hunter’s other business partners testified and at least one was asked to identify “The Big Guy”.
a reliable source
It seems inexplicable that Bobulinsky — who met twice with Joe Biden in 2017 over the CEFC deal, and provided information that corroborates the harmful material on Hunter’s laptop — is not a star witness, especially since the FBI has been on the scene since December 2019. The laptop is in possession. , and knows that it is authentic.
It’s not that Bobulinsky isn’t overly reliable. He is a former US Navy officer with top secret security clearance from the National Security Agency and the Department of Energy. A successful businessman, he has donated to both sides of the political aisle.
In the interest of national security, it was the duty of the FBI to investigate credible evidence suggesting that the future president may have been compromised through a payment of millions of dollars by China to his family.
Even if the FBI was reluctant to take action deemed political during the election campaign, following his 2016 Hillary email debacle, there is no excuse for not following up with Bobulinsky afterwards.
The FBI’s failure to do so amounts to interference-by-omission in the 2020 election.