By J. D. Heyes
FBI Director Christopher Wray has been praised by many within D.C. circles as a straight-shooter and law-and-order kind of guy, and yet earlier this week he proved that heâ€™s not much different than the same swamp creatures out to depose POTUS Donald Turmp.
During testimony on Tuesday before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee regarding the bureauâ€™s 2020 budget, Wray told the panel he wouldnâ€™t use the word â€œspyingâ€ to describe the Obama deep stateâ€™sâ€¦spyingâ€¦on the 2016 Trump campaign.
â€œWell, itâ€™s not the term I would use. Lots of people have different colloquial phrases,â€ he said. â€œI believe the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance.â€
Fired FBI Director James Comey, himself likely in hot, hot water over allegedly releasing classified memosÂ to be leaked to the media, said something similarly asinine last month.
â€œI have no idea what (Attorney General William Barr)â€™s talking about. The FBI doesnâ€™t spy. The FBI investigates,â€Â Comey toldÂ CBS This Morning, according toÂ Fox News.
Got that? The standard FBI response to accusations of â€˜spyingâ€™ is obviously, â€œNo, we doÂ surveillance.â€ Of course, when you conduct surveillance on someone without their knowledge, you areÂ spyingÂ on them.Â
We get why Comey would say something like that â€” he may be looking at someÂ significant legal troubleÂ for allegedly falsifying a FISA court spying surveillance warrant against Team Trump adviser Carter Page.
But Wray? Why? There can only be one answer: Because he, too, is a creature of the same deep state swamp that POTUS Trump has pledged to drain. And heÂ will, if he can just wade through the â€˜stuffâ€™ that keeps floating to the top.
Fox NewsÂ noted further:
In an interview on â€œAmericaâ€™s Newsroomâ€ House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, cited the Christopher Steele dossier, before making a dramatic statement about what went on ahead of the 2016 election in regards to surveillance on members of the Trump campaign.
â€œIf thatâ€™s not spying I donâ€™t know what is,â€ Jordan said. â€œ[Fired FBI Deputy Director] Andy McCabe told us when we deposed him that, but for the dossier, they wouldnâ€™t have gotten the warrant. So, the idea that they used itâ€¦Jim Comeyâ€™s own words: salacious and unverified. Not my words. Not Republican words.
â€œThe Director of the FBI who has been fired said it was salacious and unverified when they took it to a courtâ€”a secret courtâ€”to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page who was associated with the Trump campaign,â€ Jordan continued.
AG Barr used the same term â€” spying â€” when he testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee in April about the Justice Departmentâ€™s budget,Â Politico reported.Â
â€œSpying on a political campaign is a big deal,â€ he said. â€œI think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And Iâ€™m not suggesting that it wasnâ€™t adequately predicated. But I need to explore that.â€
Meanwhile, itâ€™s important to note that the FBI does indeed haveÂ a counterintelligence division, and that fired agent Peter Strzok was the No. 2 official in that division as Spygate was being launched.
â€œWhile the Counterintelligence Division continues to neutralize national security threats from foreign intelligence services, its modern-day mission is much broader,â€ says the Bureauâ€™s website. â€œThe FBI is the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil, and the Counterintelligence Division uses its full suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to combat counterintelligence threats.â€
If an agency is involved in espionage in any way â€” even counter-espionage â€” then it deploys and utilizesÂ spies.
Wray needs to dispense with the standard â€œwe just investigateâ€ nonsense. We know better.
AÂ version ofÂ this story first appeared at NewsTarget.