The FBI is under scrutiny from Republicans who claim the agency is using a “two-tiered system of justice” that intentionally ignores the conduct of some and weaponizes federal law enforcement against conservatives.
The alleged double standard was on full display on Wednesday amid a fiery House Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz used the hearing to accuse Wray of protecting Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, from possible criminal activity.
Gaetz referred to a WhatsApp message sent by Hunter Biden to a Chinese business contact reportedly demanding money and threatened his father.
“Sounds like a shakedown, doesn’t it, Director?” Gaetz demanded.
Wray sidestepped the question, prompting Gaetz to respond, “You seem deeply uncurious about it, don’t you? Almost suspiciously uncurious. Are you protecting the Bidens?”
“Absolutely not,” Wray stated.
“You won’t answer the question about whether or not that’s a shakedown, and everybody knows why you won’t answer it,” charged Gaetz. “To the millions of people who will see this, they know it is, and your inability to acknowledge that is deeply revealing about you.”
The tense exchange further highlighted that the FBI’s trustworthiness may be at an historic low.
“Your inability to acknowledge that is deeply revealing about you,” Gaetz declared, “PEople trusted the FBI more when J. Edgar Hoover was running the place than when you are, and the reason is because you don’t give straight answers.”
The latest accusations about the Biden family comes after emails surfaced that tied Hunter Biden to several senior aides currently working for the Biden administration. Fox News revealed this week that Hunter and the president’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, were both formerly associated with the Truman National Security Project, a liberal think tank.
Hunter also had a thread of emails with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who held the post of deputy secretary of state in the Obama-Biden administration when Hunter held a seat on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. A meeting between the two took place in July 2015, shortly before the start of a federal investigation in 2018 into Hunter’s foreign business activities.
Additionally, former White House official Mike McCormick has accused Sullivan of being a “conspirator” involved in a purported “kickback scheme” within the Biden family about Ukraine. Sullivan denied the allegations.
These new revelations further raise questions about the Biden family’s involvement in foreign activities and the role the FBI may be playing in the investigation, leaving many Republicans asking whether the FBI has taken the side of the Biden camp.
For his part, Wray has maintained that the FBI is “not politicized” and that it is based on facts and evidence. However, the ongoing controversy surrounding the Biden family and its connection to the agency has muddied the waters of trust between the agency and the Republican party.
Matt Gaetz enters Hunter Biden smoking-gun WhatsApp message into Congressional record, then EXPOSES FBI Dir Wray about it UNDER OATH during testimony:
“You seem deeply uncurious about it— almost suspiciously uncurious. Are you protecting the Bidens?”pic.twitter.com/VjzZXGcVfJ
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 12, 2023