The Congresswoman is already trying to impeach FBI director Christopher Wray, and now says, without evidence, that Wray is actively hiding crimes by President Biden.
Christopher Wray was appointed director of the FBI in 2017 by former President Donald Trump, after Trump fired James Comey. That didn’t stop Trump from occasionally feuding with Wray, with reports stating that Trump had to be talked out of firing Wray by the White House counsel’s office in the final weeks of his administration.
Remaining in office into the Biden Administration, Wray has continued to serve as an enemy of MAGA types. Most recently, Wray has been on a collision course with the House Oversight Committee, over what’s called a 1023 form. That’s the form filed, in 2020, by a confidential informant who claims that President Biden accepted a bribe from a foreign source while he was vice president.
The Committee wanted the form released but Wray refused, mostly because of FBI policy about forms involving confidential informants. After the House threatened Wray with charges of contempt of Congress, the Oversight Committee and Wray reached a compromise, in which members of the Committee were allowed to view the document in a SCIF room, but not take possession of it.
The result? The members of the two parties have had wildly different reactions to the document, but the apparent truth is that we know an accusation has been made that Biden and his son accepted bribes, but it doesn’t appear that any underlying proof has emerged about the document. Hunter Biden’s plea deal, announced this week, did not touch on anything involving his overseas business deals, much less any alleged bribes.
However, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) made some wild accusations this week, including claiming that Wray is actively covering up crimes by the president.
Greene and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), both members of the Oversight Committee, appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures program Sunday, and Greene made the accusations against Wray.
“There was 17 audio recordings — 15 of Hunter, 2 of Joe Biden himself — about Joe Biden taking a $5 million bribe,” Greene said, per a Mediaite transcript. “How dare Christopher Wray have the audacity to hide his information for his boss, Joe Biden! This is purely protecting crime. He’s hiding crimes the president of the United States committed when he was vice president, and that’s where we stand right now.”
The existence of those recordings, like most other things in this story, has been alleged, but far from proven, with many other Republicans casting doubt that the recordings actually exist.
Greene went on to demand the impeachments of both the president and FBI director.
“Joe Biden absolutely should be impeached, but I’ve got to tell you, Maria, so should Christopher Wray,” Greene said. “This is a man that knows exactly what he’s doing, and he’s using the power of the FBI director’s position to protect and hide the crimes from the American people.”
Wray, once again, is a Trump appointee, and like every other FBI director in the history of the bureau, he is a registered Republican.
In the same interview, Bartiromo asked “if this is all true, why hasn’t Joe Biden been impeached?” The answer, of course, lies in the “if this is all true.” There’s a good chance that it isn’t true, and therefore it would make no sense for Congress to move forward with impeachment.
“I think impeachment is fully in order,” Greene said on the show. “I don’t know why our conference hasn’t moved there yet, because the American people are. And, as far as evidence, we have evidence. We have bank records, tons of them, that show the Biden family, Hunter, all kinds of family members, even grandchildren being paid millions and millions of dollars from all these foreign countries.” But what they don’t have is evidence that the president received any money.
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