As per a report by the New York Post, the FBI cautioned a supervisory agent, who was part of the investigation into Hunter Biden, from responding to inquiries posed by the House Oversight Committee about the ongoing case. The agent received a letter from FBI General Counsel Jason Jones just a few hours before the scheduled testimony. The letter did not reveal the agent’s name, as mentioned in the Post.
The contents of Mr. Jones’s letter reportedly disclosed certain aspects of the Hunter Biden probe, such as an advance notice provided to Hunter Biden’s legal team regarding an interview related to his alleged tax payment issues.
“[T]he Department expects that you will decline to respond to questions seeking non-public information likely covered by one or more components of executive privilege or other significant confidentiality interests, in particular information about deliberations or ongoing investigative activity in law enforcement matters,” wrote Jones.
The revelation caused concern among Congressional Republicans, who interpreted the use of the term “ongoing” in the investigation context as a potential obstacle to their requests for records and testimony.
According to an FBI spokesperson, such letters are a regular practice within the bureau.
However, an unidentified source referred to the letter as unusual, mainly due to its timing and language. The timing has led to speculation about potential partisan motives behind the FBI’s actions.
Hunter Biden’s legal team seems to believe that their client’s legal troubles were resolved through a plea deal that resulted in probation, addressing allegations of misdemeanor tax fraud and a felony for gun possession.
The involvement of the FBI general counsel in this matter highlights the high stakes involved and raises questions about the bureau’s commitment to safeguarding sensitive law enforcement information.
Now that the letter has been made public, its impact on the ongoing investigation and the subsequent political implications remain to be seen.