Congresswoman Leaves FBI Director At A Loss For Words – WATCH
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) held a hearing Thursday featuring FBI Director Christopher Wray and other representatives from the Biden administration to discuss threats to U.S. National Security. But when it came time for House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (D–NY) to ask questions, Wray found himself at a loss for words.
Stefanik noted that another House subcommittee had made 50 requests for information and documents related to the FBI‘s operations, but had yet to receive any responses. She reminded Wray that the FBI is accountable to Congress, and as such is expected to respond to such oversight requests. Stefanik also asked Wray to commit to sending a witness before the next hearing, to which Wray refused to commit, instead saying he would “work with” her.
Stefanik then asked if Wray believed the Hunter Biden laptop story was disinformation, to which Wray refused to answer. She also asked if he was aware that the FBI had Hunter Biden’s laptop since December 2019 and if Merrick Garland had signed off on the Mar–a–Lago raid.
“I can’t speak to exactly when we had a laptop available,” Wray said, refusing to answer even the most basic of questions that have nothing to do with the laptop’s contents or any investigation into them. Again, Wray hid behind the “ongoing investigation” excuse.
This lack of response from the FBI Director is concerning to Republicans, as it appears to be a clear effort to stonewall Congress and the American people. It is the responsibility of the FBI to provide answers to legitimate questions posed by Congress, and it is strange for the FBI Director to refuse to answer such questions. Wary’s lack of answers furthers the notion that there may not be a strong enough focus on National Security from the Biden administration.
I just secured FBI Director Wray’s commitment to stop stonewalling @HouseGOP's investigation into the politicization and weaponization of the FBI, by agreeing to provide a witness for the upcoming @Weaponization hearing.
Accountability is coming. pic.twitter.com/oTvVWwGRqT
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) March 9, 2023