FBI Director Christopher Wray was on the hot seat Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on a variety of issues. As I reported earlier, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled him over the politicization of the FBI, including questions about normal patriotic symbols that they were categorizing as signs of “militia violent extremism.”
That made Wray look bad enough, as though he was ignorant about the problems in his own office and/or lying about them.
Then when he was asked about Russia collusion and the Hunter Biden laptop by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Wray managed to make it worse.
Blackburn: "Do you agree that Russian collusion was a hoax?"
Wray: "I wouldn't use that terminology."
Blackburn: "Do you agree that Hunter Biden's laptop was not Russian disino?"
Wray: "I can't comment on that." pic.twitter.com/h74Wfyeotb
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 4, 2022
Blackburn asked if Wray would agree that Russia collusion was a “hoax.” He said that he wouldn’t use the terminology. When asked if he agreed that the Hunter Biden laptop was not Russian disinformation, he said, “I can’t comment on that.” He claimed it was an “ongoing” investigation. He wouldn’t even admit they had the laptop.
The fact that the laptop is not Russian disinformation is not part of the investigation. It would be one thing if you were asking about the investigation into Hunter Biden. If you can’t even admit to certain basic truths, that shows how compromised he, and therefore the FBI, are at this point.
So, what exactly can he comment on? All he seems to know how to do is evade questions and turn the FBI into a completely politicized mess.
Then when the senators started to call him out on it, what was his response? Sorry, guys, I can’t stick around, I have to catch a plane. Yes, he seriously said that to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
That astonished Grassley, who nailed him with a little reality, saying but you have “your own plane.”
Of course, Wray doesn’t want to stick around and give the Republicans 21 more minutes to grill him on things. This guy is something else; his smugness is infuriating. Director Wray, you work for us. And you have your own plane–that we pay for. So, it isn’t like you’re going to miss a flight if you leave 21 minutes later. The nerve of this guy.
But the problem is that this guy thinks he can get away with this because he has up to this point. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) acted like it was a lot that this was the third time in a couple of years that they had Wray testifying. Given all the issues, that’s ridiculous. They need to find a way to clean house at the FBI, if they are ever going to rectify this problem; the first thing that needs to be done is put someone at the top who can help do that, and it isn’t Wray. Unfortunately, that might not happen until we take back the White House and clean house. But they have to take back the Senate and apply all the pressure they can until then–and pull out the contempt possibility if they aren’t getting answers.