FBI’s Biden bias is on full display as Wray fences with Republicans over ‘bribe’ doc
“Trust but verify” was how Ronald Reagan described his view of agreements with the Soviet Union. The same mindset should apply to dealing with the FBI, although recent history suggests it’s wiser to skip the “trust” part and go straight to “verification.”
The agency, formerly known as the world’s premier law enforcement agency, is seen by many Americans as the armed wing of the Democratic Party.
Almost disturbingly, no one in a position of authority at the agency, the Justice Department or the White House seems to understand the long-term implications or care for repairing the FBI’s shredded credibility.
It’s the biggest move since the agency’s bitter battle with congressional Republicans.
Instead of trying to show that he was being honest with the legitimate demands of elected officials, Director Christopher Wray gave the impression that he believed the agency was free from oversight and could ask Congress for a raise. .
He tried to do that, it didn’t work and he faces a humiliation vote as a result.
The dispute began as a fairly routine document request from Congress and emerged as another black eye for the bureau due to Wray’s opposition.
His shifting motives cemented his reputation for arrogance and deceit.
which ‘bribery scheme’
The document contains an allegation that Joe Biden, as vice president, was involved in a $5 million bribery scheme. Only because House Oversight Chairman James Comer acted like a dog searching for a lost bone do we know the document exists.
When Comer, following a tip, requested the document, the FBI refused to admit it existed. When Comer requested it, the agency said it was available, but could not be provided because it could jeopardize a source or compromise current or future investigations — and that confirmation of the allegation. was not done
In other words, buzz off, buster.
On the eve of the subpoena deadline, after Comer threatened to hold Way in contempt, the FBI director decided to schedule a phone call about the document.
Wray’s next fallback was that Congress could only see it in the FBI building. Comer said no thanks, and Wray eventually asked committee Republicans and Democrats to bring the file to Capitol Hill on Monday to read.
The bribery claims were made in 2017 or 2020 — both years are said to have appeared in the file — and allegedly focused on Ukraine, where Hunter Biden was paid to join Barisma’s board from 2014 to 2019. Up to 1 million was paid, a notoriously corrupt energy company.
At the time of Hunter’s appointment, Joe Biden was vice president and the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine.
Shortly before Burisma’s announcement, the White House gave $50 million to Ukraine, for election security and to help its energy sector.
Given the pattern of the Biden family’s foreign plans, a 2014 White House release now reads like a parody when it says some American money will help Ukraine “break the cycle of corruption.”
ghost of the past
Although Comer and Democrats differed on whether the FBI said the case was alive, Comer said the informant, a longtime FBI source, suggested that the alleged $5 million in bribes would be “made through shell accounts and multiple banks.” .”
It ties in with Comer’s ongoing investigation, which has already turned up nearly a score of bank accounts where millions of Chinese paymasters were funneled to the nine Bidens, a pattern he called money laundering.
Meanwhile, Wray’s protest coincides with two recent reminders of just how far the FBI has stepped into the course and politics. First, his predecessor, the disgraced James Comey, recently endorsed Joe Biden for re-election despite mounting evidence that the president has been compromised by his family’s foreign dealings.
Comey’s endorsement of the president also echoes how he played politics in 2016. Recall that Special Counsel John Durham’s report on the FBI’s handling of Russia collusion allegations against Donald Trump found that Comey’s team had insufficient evidence to open a case, let alone spy on Trump. allies, while it ignored credible allegations against Hillary Clinton.
As Durham stated, “The speed and manner in which the FBI opened and investigated Crossfire Hurricane during the presidential election season, based on raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence, also represents a marked departure.” How it approached earlier cases involving possible attempts at foreign election interference.Plans aimed at the Clinton campaign.
As I noted, this is the final decision of 2016, but the Biden bribery claim and what appears to be the FBI’s failure to act on it is another example of how the agency played favorites even in 2020. Recall that it actively worked with Facebook and Twitter to censor reports of posts on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
And don’t forget that this is the same FBI that has been investigating Hunter Biden for nearly five years. Whistleblowers claim that the case is moving too slowly in favor of the Bidens.
If that wasn’t enough, the FBI’s infamous habit of leaking to tip the media scales continues. Both the New York Times and the Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reported Tuesday that the agency investigated the $5 million bribery claim and found no evidence.
Of course, this is the same media that killed the collusion horse — and shared a Pulitzer Prize for publishing the misinformation perpetrated by Comey’s staff.
Interestingly, other outlets insist that the bribery case is still active and Way has not said anything publicly. So who are you going to believe?
The whole episode is a formula for creating disbelief, which seems to be Wray’s special skill. He never acknowledged the significance of what Comey and his dirty crew did in 2016, dismissing the effort to tilt the election as just the work of a few bad apples.
Then it is not surprising that nothing has changed. And it won’t happen as long as he’s in charge.
The toll of borderline insanity
The two pieces of New York news are different but essentially have the same root: the wide-open southern border.
First, Mayor Adams wants houses of worship to address some of the overflow of immigrants at city facilities. He also suggested that private landlords could make room for the new arrivals, who number more than 70,000.
Second, his health department is installing free vending machines that offer Narcan to treat fentanyl and other drug overdoses, which claimed 2,668 lives in 2021.
Desperate to find solutions to both crises, City Hall will try anything—except the one thing that might work. Adams must convince President Biden to close the border, which is the only way to stop the flow of both immigrants and drugs.
It makes no sense for the mayor not to go there. Unless he does, his efforts – and the city – are doomed.
VP is at his wits end
Reader Jim Rowbotham suggests that some attention should be focused on Joe Biden’s cognitive decline, writing: “Has Vice President Harris ever consented to a cognitive function test? His awkward repetitions and confusing syntax suggest that he Refers to recommending the test.”