(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- The FBI division that was involved in the partisan raid of Trump’s estate in Mar-a-Lago is the same unit under investigation by Special Counsel John Durham for pushing the Russia hoax, according to Real Clear Investigations.
The FBI’s raid was reportedly part of a case out of Washington, according to FBI documents. That same division led the 2016-2017 Russia “collusion” investigation of Trump, which was codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane.” Disgraced FBI Director Peter Strzok, who was the operation’s former head, was fired after his anti-Trump text messages were disclosed. While Strzok was fired, several members in the division remained on, but they are currently under investigation by Durham and the Office of Professional Responsibility, which is the FBI’s disciplinary arm.
Another member of the Crossfire team, Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten, has also been under investigation since 2019, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred him to a disciplinary review after he played a role in vetting the “Steele Dossier,” which has since been rebuked for its falsified information. The dossier was used to justify the FBI wiretapping former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Auten is involved in the ongoing probe of the Hunter Biden laptop, according to an exchange between the Senate Judiciary Committee and current FBI Director Christopher Wray. Whistleblowers allege that Auten tried to “falsely discredit derogatory evidence against Hunter Biden during the 2020 campaign by labeling it Russian ‘disinformation,’ an assessment that caused investigative activity to cease.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Wray for copies of files and reports generated by Auten and whether or not he is involved in the handling of documents allegedly obtained from the former president. Some worry that the investigation is corrupted from the start given Auten’s extensive background in the Russia hoax.
“It is a disgrace that Auten is still even employed by the bureau,” said 27-year FBI veteran Michael Biasello. “I would substitute other analysts and agents.”