The latest case in point: The FBI has been accused of obstructing congressional oversight of its investigation into the pipe bombs discovered at the headquarters of the Democrat National Committee and Republican National Committee on January 6, 2021.
House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee reiterated their demand on Wednesday for a thorough briefing on the two-year-old case regarding the pipe bombs, as the FBI has consistently declined to provide transparency on the matter.
“Your failure to comply with our request is particularly concerning given recent media reports regarding the pipe bomb investigation,” lawmakers wrote.
One former FBI assistant director observed, “[i]t just doesn’t add up . . . [t]here’s just too much to work with to not know who this guy is.” pic.twitter.com/ZVpwEkhS0r
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 24, 2023
In a disclosure to the Washington Times, an FBI whistleblower revealed that the agency had identified the vehicle used by the suspect shortly after the placement of the bombs but has not taken further action in pursuing the individual involved.
“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.
Former FBI agent Kyle Seraphin, who worked on the case, told the outlet 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.” In addition, he told the Washington Times that both of the alleged 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.
Lawmakers are now pressing for answers regarding the progress of the investigation. Julie Kelly, a senior writer at American Greatness, expressed her belief in February of last year that the pipe bomb incident exhibited characteristics similar to "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 the federal government posting a $50,000 reward which was later increased to $500,000. “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.”
Since Kelly's reporting, a series of FBI scandals over the past 15 months has exposed a significant level of political bias within the top law enforcement agency. These scandals include the unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump's residence, investigations targeting traditional Catholics, and multiple whistleblower accounts highlighting double standards in the administration of justice, The Federalist pointed out in a report detailing the lack of concern about the pipe bomb case.
“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 noted in their demand letter.
Lawmakers gave the FBI until June 7 to provide Congress with an update briefing.
And for the record, federal investigators learned that pipe bombs and other materials discovered at the offices of the Democratic and Republican national committees were put there a day before the January 6 riot, indicating that the disrupters had every intention of doing what they did regardless of what the former president did or did not say.