“We have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribed to Antifa in connection with the sixth. That doesn’t mean we’re not looking, and we’ll continue to look, but at the moment we have not seen that.”
That was FBI boss Christopher Wray testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Wray claimed the FBI doesn’t care about ideology, but he left more than a reasonable doubt about how hard the FBI had been looking.
According to a January 13 FBI affidavit, self-proclaimed racial justice advocate Earle Sullivan, aka John Sullivan, “did knowingly enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, or did knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct.”
As The Intercept explained, “the FBI determined that Sullivan was not just an observer but a participant in the riot, based on a review of nearly 90 minutes of raw footage of the raid that he recorded on his phone and posted on YouTube.” Wray likely had the FBI looking for rioters in Antifa T-shirts. On the other hand, the FBI boss is experienced at overlooking events of significance.
Back in 2019, attorney General William Barr told a Senate panel that “spying did occur” against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As the Associated Press reported, Barr “seemed to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the FBI obtained on a former Trump associate.”
Christopher Wray disagreed, telling senators that “spying” was “not the term I would use.” As the FBI boss explained, “lots of people have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it’s done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities.” For former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, it was a joke.
“There was absolutely no reason to play this game,” Bongino told Fox News. “Christopher Wray is one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the cosmos. He had the ability yesterday to re-establish faith in the FBI and come out and say listen, a very simple answer.” Instead he chose to play “the Comey euphemisms game.”
The “composite character” David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, picked Comey to head the FBI in 2013. The president also picked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to succeed him, and Comey, a longtime Clinton crony, deployed the FBI in that cause.
Clinton was laundering bribes through the Clinton Foundation and keeping classified information on an unsecured server. Those are serious criminal offenses but Comey said “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against the former First Lady, who destroyed more than 30,000 emails under subpoena. It was perhaps the most blatant political fix in American history.
Comey was a key player in the Midyear Exam and Crossfire Hurricane operations and said it was “nonsense” that the FBI had spied on Trump. For Comey, there were only “mistakes and negligence” by the FBI, and nothing criminal involved.
After the report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Wray cited the need for “thoughtful, meaningful remedial action,” not any criminal charges. And as Wray told reporters, he would not use the term “spying,” for the anti-Trump operations. Trump tweeted that “With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!” Ivy Leaguer Christopher Wray was never one of those rank-and-file FBI agents and neither was James Comey.
Comey, FBI counterintelligence boss Peter Strzok, and high-level DOJ official spearheaded the attempt to take down a duly elected president of the United States. FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was the only one to face criminal charges, and he got off with a tap on the wrist from judge James Boasberg. As it happens, Boasberg is also presiding judge of the FISA court Democrats deployed to spy on Trump associates.
Democrats attempted to impeach Trump even after he left office, and the January 6 riot fuels their ongoing jihad against Trump and his supporters. Led by Joe Biden, Democrats have now branded them as domestic terrorists. For Biden AG pick Merrick Garland, terrorist acts are only committed during the day, like the proceedings of January 6. For his part, Wray feigns an even-handed approach.
“We don’t care what ideology motivates somebody,” Wray told senators Tuesday. “We don’t care whether it’s left, right, up, down, diagonal or any other way. If the ideology is motivating violence and violates federal law we’re coming after it.” Again Wray leaves room for reasonable doubt.
The FBI boss kept rather quiet during riots across the nation in of 2020, headed by the Antifa-BLM axis. If the live-streamed murder of police officer David Dorn drew any outrage from Wray, nothing appears in the record. On Wray’s watch, the FBI is also stonewalling the homicide investigation of DHS whistleblower Philip Haney, gunned down last year in California.
Clinton crony James Comey spearheaded FBI operations against Donald Trump. Comey crony Christopher Wray will spearhead FBI operations against Trump supporters. Trump saw it coming back in 2019. “They’re not after me, they’re after you,” he said. “I’m just in the way.”