FBI supervisory agent Curtis Heide testified that an administrative inquiry is underway, and that multiple FBI agents are being scrutinized, including himself.
Heide said the inquiry is being handled by the FBI’s Inspection Division, which conducts internal audits and can refer any wrongdoing it finds to the Office of Professional Responsibility, which can recommend discipline or even firings.
Heide said he was under investigation for “not identifying exculpatory information as it pertained to one of the Crossfire Hurricane investigations,” referring to the FBI codename for the early phases of the Trump-Russia probe, before special counsel Robert Mueller took over in 2017.
He said he was specifically being investigated for potentially withholding material from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees wiretaps against Americans. The material in question was a “recording from one of the subjects” of the FISA applications, Heide said.
Heide denied under oath Tuesday that he intentionally withheld any exculpatory information.
Heide handled the FBI’s investigation into Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, served 12 days in jail, and was pardoned by President Donald Trump in 2020.