Former President Donald Trump has called the FBI’s raid on his home in Mar-a-Lago a “witch hunt.” Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said the FBI has “lost what little public trust they may have had and no longer deserve to remain in office.” On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) accused the FBI of operating with “pervasive political bias.”
Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed his concerns in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray. Because the FBI has not responded to his previous letters, Grassley made this letter public.
Grassley chided the FBI, noting in his letter that the bureau’s continued lack of response serves “to erode trust in the FBI.”
“Starting on May 31, 2022,” Grassley wrote, “I’ve written three letters to you regarding political bias that has infected the FBI’s Washington Field Office.”
Grassley noted that in two letters, he drew significant distinctions between the FBI’s approach to investigating former President Donald Trump and Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden.
Grassley claims that in those letters to the FBI, he “provided specific and credible allegations based on numerous whistleblowers that have approached my office with information that one can only conclude is indicative of a deeply rooted political infection that has spread to investigative activity into former President Trump and Hunter Biden.”
“As I’ve noted both in my public letters and public statements, the FBI approved investigative activity into Trump based in substantial part on liberal news articles and information derived from a liberal non-profit yet shut down investigative activity and sources, which included verified and verifiable information, relating to Hunter Biden.”
Grassley also called to attention previous assurances the FBI made to Congress, including that it would share all relevant information it can find in investigations.
Grassley noted that the bureau has failed in this regard.
Grassley then questioned: “How can the Hunter Biden criminal investigation be full and complete if the FBI improperly shut down verified and verifiable information and sourcing relating to potential criminal activity? How can Congress and the American people trust the results? These are critical questions for you to answer.”
In a warning shot across the bow, Grassley warned Wray: “The FBI answers to Congress and the American people.”
Grassley charged the FBI with operating with blatant and persuasive political bias. Noting the problem’s systemic nature, Grassley demanded that Wray provide an organizational chart noting the FBI’s decision-making process by Aug. 31.
Grassley ended his letter pointedly: “If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are — and have been — institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law.”
In a separate letter to Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, Grassley wrote that “based on the allegations that I’ve received from numerous whistleblowers, you have systemic and existential problems within your agencies. You have an obligation to the country to take these allegations seriously, immediately investigate and take steps to institute fixes to these and other matters before you.”