CJR Staff
July 15, 2023

Jim Jordan lays into FBI Director Christopher Wray

Jim Jordan, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, began an oversight hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray with some pointed questions that accused the FBI of suppressing free speech on social media and of telling lies about Hunter Biden's laptop.

Jordan referenced a recent court ruling that resulted in a preliminary injunction blocking officials Biden’s administration from contacting social media companies.

"The government has used its power to silence the opposition," said Jordan.

Jordan Hammers Wray

"Opposition to the COVID-19 vaccines … Statements that the Hunter Biden laptop was true, and opposition to policies of the government officials in power all were suppressed," Jordan continued.

Additionally, Jordan hammered the FBI's targeting of parents and pro-life Catholics.

"Parents called terrorists, Catholics called radicals," Jordan said before adding, "and I haven't even talked about spying that took place in the presidential campaign."

"Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (D-NY) pushed back on Jordan’s comments and blamed Republicans for turning the Judiciary Committee into political theater. He claimed that in the past year, the FBI director testifying before the committee would’ve been a bipartisan fact-finding hearing, but with Republicans in charge, Jordan had turned it into a partisan hearing," reported the Washington Examiner.

"Last year, Director Wray faced multiple credible death threats. FBI employees faced more threats in the months after the Mar-a-Lago search than they had in the entire prior year. It is far past time that Republicans realize the consequences of their actions," said Nadler.

Throughout the hearing, Wray repeatedly avoided answering questions that would have been simple to answer. There was frustration on both sides of the aisle.

Wray tried at one point to just say the good his agency has done, but it landed flat after his refusal to cooperate with questions from lawmakers.

"Today’s FBI leaders reflect the best of this organization," Wray said. "An organization that’s made up of 38,000 men and women who are patriots, professionals, and dedicated public servants. That is the real FBI."

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