On Thursday morning, House Republicans accused the FBI and its director, Christopher Wray, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, of weaponizing the bureau against those whom they considered political enemies.
The House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government in an interim report detail the “egregious problems infecting the senior leadership ranks of the FBI.” In the hearing, they proceed to allege that the FBI has abused and misallocated resources and followed retaliatory conduct. The Committee’s hearing also included testimony from three current and former FBI “whistleblowers,” Garret O’Boyle, Steve Friend, and Marcus Allen.
This week the FBI also came under fire after Special Counsel John Durham released a final report in the four-year investigation on the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the potential Trump-Russia collusion. In the report, Durham wrote that at the time the FBI launched the investigation, there was not enough evidence to support having an investigation. He further determined that there was no evidence to suggest “that any FBI official or employee knowingly and intentionally participated in some type of conspiracy with others.”
Republican Representative Harriet Hageman, who beat Liz Cheney for her Wyoming seat last November, told reporters on Thursday that the FBI leadership was “politically corrupt.” During the hearing, she also alleged that the FBI had continued to push the “Russian hoax”, as well as had targeted Catholics because of their faith, and parents for trying to protect their offspring.