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FBI Director Christopher Wray was confronted by Fox News host Bret Baier when he appeared on his show “Special Report” regarding the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s home and the FBI handling of the Hunter Biden laptop. The host started by asking the FBI director why the agency’s reputation is at a historic low, which Wray defended.
“There are all sorts of opinions out there about the FBI, just like there is about every major institution these days,” the FBI director said.
The host asked if the reputation could be due to how the agency handled the Trump / Russia investigation and Hunter Biden’s laptop, but again Wray had an explanation.
“I hear these claims of politicization,” he said. “But I can tell you that the FBI is, and is going to stay, independent. And that means following the facts wherever they lead, no matter who likes it.”
He said that many people judge fairness by what the agency decides in a case and what those persons desired finding is.
“But that’s not how independence and objectivity work. We are not on either side. The FBI is on the American people’s side, on the Constitution’s side,” the FBI director said.
Fox News reported:
Wray was then asked about the length of time it has taken to probe Hunter Biden’s laptop – which some critics say has evidence suggesting President Biden was privy or party to his son’s foreign business dealings. The director pointed out the crux of the investigation is originating from Delaware, not D.C., under U.S. Attorney David Weiss – a Trump appointee held over by Biden purportedly to reassure fairness in the ongoing investigation.
The FBI is “actively working” with Weiss, Wray said, while dismissing claims by FBI whistleblowers there was an internal effort to shut down the investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden. Baier pressed Wray on revelations in the Twitter Files shared by journalist Matt Taibbi – with the director assuring the FBI does not instruct Big Tech companies to censor.
“What we do is tell social media companies about information that we have about foreign disinformation campaigns by foreign actors,” the director said. “And those companies then make decisions about what, if anything, they want to do about it.”
Chris Wray: “The FBI is not in the business of being the truth police. We don’t tell social media companies to censor anything.”
Bret Baier: “The Twitter files tell a different story. You’re saying it doesn’t happen but there’s evidence it had.” pic.twitter.com/HzYXE9Vdom
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He said that the agency attempted the same means of obtaining classified documents from former President Trump that it did with President Joe Biden but President Biden cooperated.
“What we do is tell social media companies about information that we have about foreign disinformation campaigns by foreign actors,” the director said.
“And those companies then make decisions about what, if anything, they want to do about it,” he said.
The FBI director then addressed the theory that the COVID pandemic began with an accidental lab leak in China.
“The FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan,” he said. “Here you are talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab.”
“I will just make the observation that the Chinese government, it seems to me, has been doing its best to try to thwart and obfuscate the work here, the work that we’re doing, the work that our U.S. government and close foreign partners are doing. And that’s unfortunate for everybody,” he said.