The FBI is continuing to stonewall congressional oversight of the agency’s investigation into a pair of pipe bombs found at the Democrat National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters on Jan. 6, 2021.
On Wednesday, House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee re-upped demands for a comprehensive briefing on the two-year-old case over which the FBI has refused transparency.
“Your failure to comply with our request is particularly concerning given recent media reports regarding the pipe bomb investigation,” lawmakers wrote.
Earlier this month, an FBI whistleblower told the Washington Times the FBI identified the vehicle the suspect entered shortly after planting the bombs but has not pursued the individual.
“The FBI had surveillance video that showed the person entering a car with a visible license plate after exiting a Metro stop in Northern Virginia,” the Times reported.
Kyle Seraphin, a former FBI agent who worked on the case, told the paper that the agency “tied whoever the person was that dropped the bombs with [surveillance] cameras all the way through the train and getting into a car with that license plate.” Seraphin also told the Washington Times that the two bombs were inoperable.
“One former FBI assistant director observed, ‘[i]t just doesn’t add up … there’s just too much to work with to not know who this guy is,'” the Judiciary Republicans wrote.
Now lawmakers are seeking answers over the status of the investigation. Julie Kelly, a senior writer at American Greatness, wrote in February last year that the pipe bomb incident possesses the markings of “another FBI hoax.”
“As the FBI successfully rounded up hundreds of Capitol trespassers using sophisticated tools such as geofence warrants, the trail of the pipe bomber went cold,” Kelly reported, despite federal law enforcement having posted a $50,000 reward, which they later increased to half a million dollars. “Given what we know about the FBI’s politically motivated malfeasance during the Trump era, the likelihood the pipe bomb story was another FBI hoax instead of a legitimate threat becomes more conceivable each day.”
A cascade of FBI scandals in just the 15 months since Kelly’s reporting reveals a breathtaking degree of political bias within the top law enforcement agency. From the unprecedented raid of former President Donald Trump’s home to investigations of traditional Catholics to numerous whistleblower reports detailing double standards of justice, the FBI’s reputation has only continued to deteriorate.
“The slow progression of the FBI’s investigation into the January 6 pipe bomb raises significant concerns about the FBI’s prioritization of that case in relation to other January 6 investigations,” the House Republicans wrote.
Lawmakers gave the FBI until June 7 to offer a briefing.