| Richard Lambert |
(whistleblower, policeman, lawyer)
|Interests||2001 anthrax attacks/Cover up|
The agent in charge of the FBI's Amerithrax investigation, who in 2015 publicly claimed that they had no feasible case against Bruce Ivins and that evidence exonerating him had been deliberately concealed.
Not to be confused with Richard Lambert (editor).
Lambert went to law school and worked representing cities. In 1988 he began work for the FBI. In 2002, Richard Lambert was hand picked to head the investigation into the Amerithrax case.
Blowing the whistle
In 2006, Richard Lambert resigned from the Amerithrax investigation after he outlined his concerns in a formal complaint in 2006 to the Deputy Director of the FBI, John S. Pistole but became convinced that they would not be acted upon. At this stage, the whistleblower suit was not made public.
Retaliatory judgement from the FBI
Upon leaving the BFI he worked for the US Department of Energy, but was told that this was not legal, which he interpreted as retaliation for his official complaint to the FBI deputy director.
On April 2nd, 2015, Richard L. Lambert initiated a lawsuit against US Attorney General Eric Holder, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the US Justice Department, the FBI, FBI employee Patrick Kelley and unknown Justice Department and FBI employees for legal malpractice and violations of the Federal Tort Claims Act and Privacy Act. "This case was hailed at the time as the most important case in the history of the F.B.I.,” Mr. Lambert said. “But it was difficult for me to get experienced investigators assigned to it."
While leading the investigation for the next four years, Plaintiff’s efforts to advance the case met with intransigence from WFO’s executive management, apathy and error from the FBI Laboratory, politically motivated communication embargos from FBI Headquarters, and yet another preceding and equally erroneous legal opinion from Defendant Kelley – all of which greatly obstructed and impeded the investigation.
From the lawsuit filed by Richard L. Lambert in 2015
He reports that the media "tried to reduce his case down to a soundbyte". As of January 2019, Wikipedia made no mention of Richard Lambert, and commercially-controlled media had made almost no mention of it. In 2015, however, he did appear on 60 Minutes and Fox News.