Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee attacked FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday over his agency's issues against Americans.
The hearing included strong opening remarks by committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) over the FBI's censorship efforts.
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“Here’s what’s truly unbelievable. Here’s what’s amazing,” Jordan said.
“The Justice Department and the FBI want the taxpayers they censored, the parents they labeled, the Catholics they called radicals, they want them to pay for a new FBI headquarters and they want FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] reauthorization of the 702 form in its current form. … I mean you can’t make this stuff up," he added.
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"The July 4 ruling from U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty found that the Republican states were likely to prevail in their lawsuit to prove that the Biden administration had "used its power to silence" critics online who opposed everything from the 2020 election results to COVID-19 vaccines," Reuters reported.
"Wray on Wednesday staunchly disagreed with the judge's ruling, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation is only focused on combating foreign malign influence - and not free speech," it added.
The opposition also targeted the FBI's alleged coverup for Hunter Biden, particularly about his laptop that leaders in the agency claimed was Russian misinformation.
The investigation has now become part of a larger look at an alleged bribery scheme that is being looked at by the House Oversight Committee.
Wray largely dismissed attacks by GOP committee members, often claiming, "I don't know," or, "I don't have that information."
The answers were enough for Republicans who expect to press the FBI for more information on matters related to the issues addressed during the hearing.