FBI Section Chief David M. Hardy investigated for sexual misconduct? Retired?, OIG report July 10, 2020, Seth Rich FOIA records delayed, 302s slow walked
“Instead of doing so, the government has continued to defy its
constitutional, ethical and legal obligations to this Court and to the defense, and to hide evidence that it knows exonerates Mr. Flynn. As is the essence of the problem here, instead of protecting its citizens, the “government” is protecting its own criminal conduct and operatives.”…Attorney Sidney Powell October
“Ms. Sines’s testimony flatly contradicts the FBI’s claims that (1) it did not investigate matters pertaining to Mr. Rich; (2) it did not examine his computer; and (3) it conducted a “reasonable” search but could not locate any records or communications about Mr. Rich. Specifically, Ms. Sines’s testimony flatly contradicts the affidavit testimony of FBI Section Chief David M. Hardy.”…Attorney Ty Clevenger March 29, 2020
“I repeatedly asked U.S. Attorney John Durham and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate whether Mr. Hardy lied under oath, and in an April 22, 2020 letter Mr. Horowitz wrote that he referred my complaint to the FBI’s Inspection Division. Was Mr. Hardy forced out?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020
Was former FBI Section Chief David M. Hardy blackmailed or otherwise distracted by a workplace love interest?
David M. Hardy was the FBI Section Chief responsible for addressing FOIA requests.
He has been replaced.
From the FBI March 19, 2020.
DECLARATION OF MICHAEL G. SEIDEL
I, Michael G. Seidel, declare as follows:
(1) I am the Assistant Section Chief of the Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS), Information Management Division (IMD), in Winchester, Virginia and, in the absence of RIDS Section Chief, David M. Hardy, I serve as Acting Section Chief for RIDS. I have held this position since June 26, 2016. Ijoined the FBI in September 2011, and prior to my current position, I was the Unit Chief, RIDS Litigation Support Unit from November 2012 to June 2016;
and an Assistant General Counsel, FBI Office of General Counsel, Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) Litigation Unit, from September 2011 to November 2012. In those capacities, I had management oversight or agency counsel responsibility for FBI FOIA and Privacy Act (“PA”) litigation cases nationwide. Prior to my joining the FBI, I served as a Senior Attorney, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) from September 2006 to September 2011, where among myriad legal responsibilities, I advised on FOIA/PA matters and served as agency counsel representing the DEA in FOIA/PA suits nationwide. I also served as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer in various assignments from 1994 to September 2006 culminating in my assignment as Chief, General Litigation Branch, U.S. Army Litigation Division where I oversaw FOIA/PA litigation for the U.S. Army. I am an attorney registered in the State of Ohio and the District of Columbia.”
From the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) July 10, 2020.
Findings of Misconduct by a then Federal Bureau of Investigation Unit Chief for
Engaging in an Improper, Intimate Relationship with a Subordinate and Related Misconduct
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation upon receipt of information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Inspection Division, alleging that a then FBI Unit Chief (UC) was engaged in an improper, intimate relationship with a subordinate, was directly involved in the subordinate’s promotion, and had favored the
subordinate for temporary duty (TDY) opportunities.
The OIG investigation substantiated the allegation that the then FBI UC was engaged in an ongoing intimate relationship with the subordinate and had failed to disclose that relationship in violation of FBI policy. The OIG investigation also found that the then FBI UC had been directly involved in the subordinate’s promotion while the relationship was ongoing and had preferred the subordinate for certain work assignments and travel opportunities, also in violation of FBI policy. The FBI UC’s conduct violated federal ethics regulations regarding
impartiality. The FBI UC retired while the OIG’s investigation was ongoing.
The OIG has completed its investigation and provided its report to the FBI for its information.
Unless otherwise noted, the OIG applies the preponderance of the evidence standard in determining whether Department of Justice (DOJ) personnel have committed misconduct.”
Is the unnamed Unit Chief David M. Hardy?
From Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020.
“One more thing: A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the FBI’s FOIA letters were no longer signed by Section Chief David M. Hardy, but by Acting Section Chief Michael G. Seidel. What happened to Mr. Hardy? You may recall that Mr. Hardy filed a sworn declaration in 2018 claiming that the FBI searched its files and located no records about Seth Rich.
In September of 2019, however, Judicial Watch obtained an email string about Seth Rich in response to a FOIA request for communications between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and in March of 2020 former U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines testified that the FBI had investigated Seth Rich’s laptop and his online accounts. In other words, Mr. Hardy’s testimony was false.
I repeatedly asked U.S. Attorney John Durham and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate whether Mr. Hardy lied under oath, and in an April 22, 2020 letter Mr. Horowitz wrote that he referred my complaint to the FBI’s Inspection Division. Was Mr. Hardy forced out? I don’t know, but if you have any inside information, please send it my way.”