Congressman Gaetz Scorches Wray in Fiery Exchange on FBI Corruption
“Are You Protecting the Bidens?”
A Note from (TLB) editors: It was rough sleddding for FBI Director Christopher Wray on Capitol Hill Wednesday. In addition to being ask if he was running defense for the Bidens (1st article), he was Put on the Spot About the FBI’s Suspect Participation in January 6 (2nd article). Today a Two-Fer… here we go…
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz lit up the FBI Director Christopher Wray in a fiery exchange during Congressional testimony on Wednesday morning.
“‘I’m sitting here with my father, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction, I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father,” Gaetz remarked, referring to a Hunter Biden WhatsApp message made to a Chinese businessman. “Sounds like a shakedown, doesn’t it? Director?”
“I’m not going to get into commenting on that,” Wray replied. Let it be noted that the FBI Director did not take the opportunity to set the record straight.
“You, you, you seem deeply uncurious about it, don’t you?” Gaetz remarked. “Almost suspiciously uncurious. Are you protecting the Bidens?”
“Absolutely not,” Wray shot back. “The FBI does…”
But Gaetz cut him off as Wray bridled at the accusation.
“You won’t answer the question about whether or not that’s a shakedown and everybody knows why you won’t answer it,” the Congressman replied. “Because to the millions of people who will see this, they know it is. And your inability to acknowledge that is deeply revealing about you.”
Last month, explosive whistleblower testimony revealed that Hunter Biden had sent a WhatsApp message allegedly with his father in the room coercing a Chinese state-affiliated national named Henry Zhao over what appears to be an illicit transaction.
Hunter had sent the threatening message to Harvest Fund Management director Henry Zhao, saying he was “sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled.”
“Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight,” the now-53-year-old said. “And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction.”
As Rep. Claudi Tenney (R-NY) explained in a thread, it is highly plausible that Joe Biden may actually have been in the room with Hunter Biden when the alleged threat was made.
“Photos from Hunter Biden’s laptop place the President’s son at the Biden family’s Wilmington Delaware home on the same day the WhatsApp message was sent: July 30, 2017,” she said.
Furthermore, there are bank records backing up that Zhao actually sent over $5 million dollars to Hunter Biden ten days later, and then moved over $1 million to Joe Biden’s brother’s consulting firm. The bank then shut down his account due to suspected money laundering.
The New York Times’ Ken Vogel reported that “Within 10 days of Hunter Biden’s WhatsApp message to the Chinese official associated with CEFC, a CEFC subsidiary sent 2 payments totaling $5.1 million to accounts linked to Hunter, according to records cited in the Senate GOP Investigation.”
It now remains to be seen if Hunter Biden’s “sweetheart” plea deal holds up in court, thereby letting the president’s son escape prison time for three misdemeanor charges brought against him.
Chris Wray is Put on the Spot About the FBI’s Suspect Participation in January 6
FBI Director Christopher Wray was put on the spot about the bureau’s involvement in January 6.
California Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican, grilled Wray about the number of FBI agents and informants were involved in the Capitol riots.
“How many individuals were either FBI employees or people that the FBI had made contact with were in the January 6th entry of the capitol and surrounding area?” Issa asked.
“So I, I really need to be careful here talking about where we have or have not used confidential human sources,” Wray replied.
“Was there one or more, was there one or more individuals that would fit that description on January 6th that were in or around the capitol?” Issa pressed.
“I believe there is a filing in one of the January 6th cases that can provide a little more information about this, and I’m happy to see if we can follow back up with you,” Wray answered.
“Just want an answer,” Issa said. “Was there one or more? I mean, you would know if there was at least one individual who worked for the FBI who entered the capitol on that day?”
“I can’t, again, I just can’t speak to that here, but I’m happy to get the court filing that…” Wray repeated.
“It’s been two years and you’re now, you’re now come before us,” Issa said. “The gentleman asked these questions, makes all kinds of insinuations and you, you nod your head yes. And then I ask you simply was there one or more? And you won’t answer that.”
“So I’m going to make the assumption that there was more than one, more than five, more than 10, and that you’re ducking the question because you don’t want to answer for the fact that you had at least one,” Issa said. “And somehow missed understanding that some of the individuals were very dangerous and that there were others inciting individuals to enter the capitol after others broke windows.”
FBI Director Wray denied allegations that the FBI had a part in triggering the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. In response to questions about what the FBI knew before the attack, he called the idea that the FBI had planned or had a hand in the violence “ludicrous”, saying it undermined the commitment and hard work of their dedicated staff.
Wray further clarified that, to the best of his knowledge, the FBI had no prior knowledge of a specific plan to attack the Capitol. However, he did acknowledge that the agency was aware of a potential threat of violence and had shared intelligence information accordingly.
“This notion that somehow the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was part of some operation orchestrated by FBI sources and agents is ludicrous and is a disservice to our brave, hardworking, dedicated men and women,” Wray said.
In an interesting addition to Wray’s testimony, he disavowed under oath that he had any knowledge that Ray Epps is a “Fed.”
Rep. Cohen: “Do you have any knowledge of Ray Epps being a secret government agent?”
Christopher Wray: “Uhm no.”
Do you think he’s lying? YES or NOpic.twitter.com/vV9i9GdaJd
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) July 12, 2023
Epps infamously was caught on video inciting people to go into the Capitol building on January 6, but has not been charged for his activities and is consistently defended by Democrats and the legacy media.
According to the NYT, the FBI had up to eight informants within the Proud Boys group in the months surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. That includes a period of time both before and after the event. Former Tennessee Proud Boys chapter leader Matthew Walter told the Times in February that around 20 other group members besides himself had FBI relationships around that time.
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