FBI Director Forced To Testify

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According to reporting by the Washington Examiner, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to question FBI Director Christopher Wray sometime in mid-July.

Wray’s appearance, the date of which has yet to be determined, will be his first appearance before the Committee since a series of embarrassing revelations have been made by the bureau.

On Monday (May 15), the revelations came to a head when U.S. Special Counsel John Durham released a 160-page report on the FBI’s investigation into a supposed collision between then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign and Russia.

The report concluded there wasn’t any “actual evidence” to investigate Trump’s campaign and was relying too much on tips from Trump’s political adversaries to substantiate the investigation.

On Thursday (May 18), the Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of Federal Government heard testimony from several current and former FBI employees who detailed abuses within the bureau and risked their careers in the process.

Three FBI Whistleblower also appeared before a select subcommittee that day and testified about the retaliation they experienced because they chose to come forward.

Then on Friday (May 19), a heavily redacted court order was released that found FBI officials repeatedly violated their own standards by searching foreign intelligence regarding information about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and racial justice protests in 2020.

Congressional Republicans criticized Wray for not responding to the revelations.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) accused Wray, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, of lying under oath about the January 6 attack on the Capitol, while fellow GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA.) introduced articles of impeachment against Wray.

The politicization of the FBI has been under investigation for months by the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee investigating government “weaponization.”

GOP lawmakers said the FBI under Wray applied a double standard in charging anti-abortion activists and pro-abortionists; and focused on parents who protest liberal school policies at school board meetings beginning in 2021.