SEN. CRUZ CALLS FOR SENATE JUDICIARY HEARING ON FBI RULE-BREAKING IN SENSITIVE INVESTIGATIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to committee Chairman Dick Durbin today calling on him to conduct a critical oversight hearing into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s pattern of rule-breaking in sensitive investigations.
According to an audit obtained by the Washington Times, FBI agents violated agency rules at least 747 times in 18 months while conducting investigations into politicians, political candidates, religious groups, and the news media. These are exactly the types of sensitive investigations subject to meticulous compliance and oversight requirements to ensure the FBI avoided abusing its immense powers to engage in politically-motivated investigations. The number and nature of the errors reported in the audit suggest a disturbing pattern of mismanagement, misconduct, and abuses within the FBI.
In the letter, Sen. Cruz wrote:
“As the report details, of the 997 non-compliance errors made, 79% were substantial in nature, meaning they were ‘of significance to the matter and…more than a minor deviation from a … requirement.’ Notably among those is the failure to obtain authorization in opening an investigation, which is “about as radical as it gets.” Further, several portions of the audit, including those regarding investigative methods, search warrants, and recommendations were redacted, presumably to shelter the FBI from public criticism.”
“…I am concerned about Director Wray’s FBI and its pattern of stonewalling. For example, the FBI declined to provide responsive information regarding its 2016 probe of Concerned Women for America as requested by Chairman Grassley and similarly declined to provide simple answers in my recent questioning of Director Sanborne, regarding the FBI’s degree of involvement in January 6th.”
“I believe that the Senate would benefit from hearing directly from Inspector General Horowitz, FBI Director Wray, as well as any division directors with knowledge of the audit or the errors detailed in it. I, therefore, call on [Chairman Durbin] to convene a full Committee hearing, or to the extent necessary, a closed hearing of the full Committee, to ensure transparency and accountability.”
According to the Washington Times report:
“When they open investigations without authorization, to me, that’s about as radical as it gets,” Mr. Eddington said.
The FBI auditors reviewed a small portion of the bureau’s portfolio. They studied 353 cases involving sensitive investigative matters — less than half of the total number of such cases — and found rules broken 747 times from Jan. 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
Sensitive investigative matters are actions that may impact constitutional rights because they involve people engaged in such things as politics, governance, religious expression and news reporting.
Cato Institute senior fellow Patrick Eddington uncovered the audit in litigation his organization brought against the FBI for access to government records. He said the audit reveals how far “off-the-chain” FBI field offices have strayed.
Christopher Wray became the eighth Director of the FBI on August 2, 2017, and his leadership has left Americans frustrated and jaded at the obvious bias he has for the left.
Wray has been at the FBI for both the Clinton email scandal and Russian meddling in the 2016 election, claims.
Similarly, during Wray’s time- a FBI lawyer, also part of the Clinton investigation, proclaimed “Viva la Resistance!” in a text message. Yet another FBI employee said Trump voters were “all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS.”
“There’s a word for such behavior: Bias,” The Hill reported on these issues, including the FBI report that cleared leftist Hillary Clinton for her obvious criminal issues.
“The report concludes that, somehow, bias is not reflected in Hillary Clinton and her cronies skating on the entire issue of the email server. When 99.9999 percent of people reading this would be in jail if they similarly mishandled classified information, opening up top-secret data to hostile foreign actors, there’s a word for that sort of significant preferential treatment: Bias,” The Hill reported.
Instead of acknowledging the bias, Wray’s comments showed that, in fact, he is more loyal to the institution of the FBI than to the Constitution, the rule of law and the values of even-handed justice. One need look no further than the fact that Peter “We’ll stop it” Strzok still has his security clearance and is still employed by the FBI, cashing paychecks from the taxpayers.
Indeed, no one — save, perhaps, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and fired Director James Comey — has really suffered consequences for deliberate, biased actions and inactions. Wray made a mockery of those values Thursday and, in so doing, made a mockery of the FBI.
So- good for Cruz- although it is unclear if any Democrats will ever care about our attempts to restore our Republic and get the FBI under control.