As part of an FBI oversight hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christopher Wray, FBI Director, testified on Capitol Hill.
Wray continues to be a shining example of Trump’s terrible staff choices, particularly in the first two years. In the wake of disastrous James Comey, Trump needed to appoint someone focused on cleaning up the partisan sh**hole the FBI had become. Trump instead chose to nominate a weak and inept character such as Wray. Wray was captured immediately by the agency’s top leadership.
The Russia Hoax’s prime mover escaped unharmed. No one was ever called to account for sending a SWAT team to Roger Stone’s home and coordinating with CNN to ensure it was caught on video. Jeffrey Clark was made publicly humiliated and videotaped by the FBI. The lack of interest in the riots of the Summer of 2020 (riots that I firmly believe were at least partly a foreign intelligence operation) and vote fraud in the 2020 election contrast sharply with the dragnet executed for January trespassers and the institutional effort to manufacture a threat from “domestic violent extremists;” see More Whistleblower Info on FBI Padding Stats, Helping Biden Narrative on Domestic Extremism and GOP Rep Demolishes FBI Flack Over ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Corruption. The FBI actively interfered with our elections for two consecutive elections. They were first in jumping-starting Russia Hoax in 2015. In 2015, they treated allegations as valid even though it was fraudulent. Then in 2020, the FBI suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop investigation.
Ranking Member Chuck Grassley has announced that he intends to question Wray on what, if anything, he’s doing to depoliticize the FBI.
Last week, Grassley addressed a letter asking Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland for clarifications on a number of questions.
Grassley is most interested in the Hunter Biden laptop, and the FBI’s actions to protect Hunter Biden. Brian Auten, an FBI analyst who discredited the Hunter Biden laptop, is of particular interest. Auten apparently tried to give Grassley (and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson) a false impression about the laptop.
Meet Brian Auten. The FBI analyst is hardly a household name, but whistleblowers who contacted the office of GOP senator Chuck Grassley say he was behind an August 2020 report that FBI officials used as part of a “scheme…to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation.”
Auten, who was recommended to the DOJ IG by the IG for mainstreaming Steele Dossier. He also pushed for FISA warrants based in part on this fraudulent document, despite being aware that it was not reliable.
Grassley has also expressed interest in Timothy Thibault (ex-Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Washington Field Office). Thibault’s social media profile shows that he is not apolitical. He personally intervened to close the investigation and code them so that they would be difficult to open again. Grassley has gone so far as to accuse Thibault of likely violations of “federal laws, regulations and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) guidelines.”
Also in the spotlight is the former head of the “elections crimes branch,” Richard Pilger. Pilger, who was the former head of the “elections crimes branch,” resigned amid a torrential storm of misinformed anger and foot-dragging after Attorney General Bill Barr allowed US Attorneys to launch investigations on vote fraud under their authority. Pilger was far from a hero for truth and light. He initiated an investigation into Trump’s campaign on the basis of an unverified allegation made by a left-wing activist group, while also obstructing investigations in several locations regarding voter fraud.
While we can applaud Grassley’s actions and cheer him on as he gives Wray some anxious moments as he reveals other “whistleblower” information his office has received, the fact is this is theater. Merrick Garland expects Wray to follow his instructions. The political operatives at work behind the scenes to quash investigations of prominent Democrats are doing Garland’s bidding. The leadership role of Ron Johnson (assuming the GOP holds a majority in the Senate) at the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is not going to be changed. It won’t even change if we have a GOP president in 2024 unless that president arrives in office with a clear agenda to gut the DOJ and FBI and remove anyone even vaguely connected with the partisan abuses by those organizations since at least 2015 (Trump Team Plans Post-Election Purge of Department of Justice, FBI, and the Intelligence Community).