FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to acknowledge that the false allegations accusing President Donald Trump of colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 election, an accusation that fueled the FBI’s unlawful spying on members of the Republican’s presidential campaign, was, in fact, a hoax.
“Do you agree that the allegation of secret collusion between President Trump and Russia was a hoax, yes or no?” Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked during a Senate Judiciary hearing on Thursday.
“I don’t think that’s the terminology I would use,” Wray said. “But I think there’s been a lot written on this subject, uh, both in the special counsel’s report, the inspector general’s report.”
When Blackburn asked Wray to answer her initial question with a simple “yes” or “no,” Wray repeated: “that’s not a term I would use.”
Both of the reports Wray mentioned in his answer indicate that the allegation that Trump colluded with Russia was based on fraudulent reporting by Christopher Steele based on accounts from Russian national Igor Danchenko, who was later indicted for lying to the FBI. This was the Steele dossier which Democrats peddled to the corporate media and which fueled the information operation, also known as the hoax, designed to disqualify Trump from being elected despite voters’ wishes.
Wray also disclosed to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis that, so far, none of the FBI agents who were involved in the SpyGate campaign against Trump have faced serious consequences. Instead, more than six years after the scandal, some FBI bureaucrats are still being evaluated by the agency’s disciplinary arm, the Office of Professional Responsibility.
Wray claimed that any potential discipline has been slowed “because we are working closely with cooperating closely with and assisting the Durham investigation.” That was shortly before Wray refused to tell Blackburn whether the FBI believes the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation.
As Ranking Member Chuck Grassley noted in his line of questioning, “the FBI greenlit a full investigation into Trump based on liberal news articles and information derived from liberal nonprofits” but “closed investigative activity and sources that provided verified or verifiable reporting on Hunter Biden.”
Blackburn also noted in her interrogation that “there is the perception that we have two tiers of justice: one for people that are favored and one for ordinary Americans.”