FBI agent Tim Bates, meanwhile, testified Thursday he pretended to be an explosives expert named “Red” who was introduced to the group by Chappel, according to Just the News. And then there’s testimony from October, according to Just the News, from an FBI agent who said that Steve Robeson — an FBI informant and convicted felon — was behind the Wisconsin chapter of an anti-government, fringe-right group called the Three Percenters. He was the one who, with FBI involvement, made Fox head of that organization’s Michigan chapter, according to Just the News. If this entrapment all sounds farcical enough to be material for a Babylon Bee satire — well, you’re not too far off: [firefly_embed] [/firefly_embed] And despite this, D’Antuono didn’t get shipped off to Guam to wait this one out. Oh no. Instead, as FBI Director Christopher Wray was forced to admit in testimony before the Senate earlier in this month, D’Antuono is in charge of the Washington, D.C., office. Which means, as Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz noted, he was leading the field office heading the Jan. 6 investigation:
FBI handler praising Dan Chappel, lead informant, for stitching together his targets who did not know each other before FBI got involved. So sweet! pic.twitter.com/GyIGHKyUFU— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) July 16, 2022
Even though Wray said during questioning that Cruz’s characterization “doesn’t sound right to me,” he later confirmed that “Mr. D’Antuono was the special agent in charge of the office, the Detroit field office, and is now the assistant director in charge of the Washington field office.” “So the guy in charge [in Detroit] got promoted and is now in charge of the Jan. 6 investigation?” Cruz asked. “The guy in charge of the whole Detroit field office is now in charge of the whole Washington field office,” Wray said in response. Which means he was also in charge of a raid on Mar-a-Lago that was problematic enough that even disgraced former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — once considered the most prominent anti-Trump politician in the country during the first few months of the COVID pandemic — was moved to tweet this:
Wray admits to Ted Cruz that the FBI special agent in charge of the Detroit field office during the Whitmer kidnapping debacle is now in charge of the DC field office during the J6 investigation. pic.twitter.com/DUsXbBX0Vt— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 4, 2022
The purported reason for the raid, of course, is supposedly that Trump had super-secret nuclear documents at his estate in Palm Beach County’s Mar-a-Lago Club — although it could just as easily have been a pretext for a fishing expedition for anything that could make a case against the former president for the Capitol incursion. Either way, it looked politicized enough that even Andrew freaking Cuomo decided to pop his head above ground and say something. When you’re drawing that kind of ire, you’ve created a mess. All of which is to say that Christopher Wray should be wary of how secure his job is. History tells us that whenever Steven D’Antuono screws up in a very public manner, there’s nothing to do but promote him — and one of the few positions above him is that of FBI director. He’s already in Washington, after all. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations.— Andrew Cuomo (@andrewcuomo) August 9, 2022