Republican senators held FBI Director Christopher Wray’s feet to the fire during a Judiciary Committee hearing, questioning FBI agents’ objectivity.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about a leaked document reportedly demonstrating the bureau considers the Betsy Ross and Gadsden flags potential extremist symbols.
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) opined the U.S. has a “two-tiered system of justice” she infers is based on political ideology.
Wray resisted those aspersions, responding that the vast majority of FBI are appropriately apolitical.
Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy brought a number of derogatory social media posts by agents of the bureau to Wray’s attention.
Kennedy questioned Wray about several tweets from former Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault. (Try saying that three times fast.) Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa) alleged agent Thibault shut down a Hunter Biden investigation based on information provided by a potential whistleblower.
The FBI director declined to give a direct answer to questions about Thibault’s tweets, claiming he could not comment about an “on-going personnel matter.” He did acknowledge, according to a Daily Caller report, that Thibault held the position “until fairly recently.”
Grassley previously complained to the FBI and Attorney General Merrick Garland about Thibault’s social media animus towards Republicans in a May 31 correspondence. The senator provided a detailed list of social media activity he found objectionable by Thibault.
One tweet mentioned in the senator’s letter involved a retweet of an article published in The Atlantic, titled “Donald Trump is a Broken Man.” Grassley explained Thibault’s Twitter account had shared an anti-Trump Lincoln Project tweet:
“Donald Trump is a psychologically broken, embittered, and deeply unhappy man,” the Lincoln Project commented.
“These illustrative social media posts call into question ASAC Thibault’s ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of an FBI agent objectively and without bias,” wrote Grassley. “His social media posts require investigation into what, if any, oversight Department leadership has done to ensure that investigative decisions under his charge have not been infected with a political bias.”
Thibault frequently liked, commented on and retweeted posts critical of Republicans, the report said, including calling former Vice President Dick Cheney “a disgrace” in a June 26, 2020, tweet.
“This is a senior employee at the FBI with years of experience going on social media and tweeting this kind of stuff,” Kennedy said, “which gives people the impression there is bias. Whether there is or there isn’t.”
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