At a high-level hearing today, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced intense questioning from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the possible renewal of major surveillance powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
These powers, which are reportedly vital to the bureau’s national security operations but are controversial for their overreach, are set to expire this month amid a growing debate over privacy rights and government surveillance.
Senator Kennedy (R-LA) steered the discussion to a more controversial topic: the FBI’s handling of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“Why didn’t the FBI say, hey, the laptop is real?” Senator Kennedy asked. “Why didn’t you tell everyone that the laptop was real? We’re not confirming what’s in it, but it’s real. This is not an imagination.”
Kennedy continued, “You are the FBI. You are not part of the White House and Homeland Security. You should not be political. Do you see all this controversy going on? Why didn’t the FBI just say, ‘Time’s up, guys. We’re not getting to the middle of it, but the laptop is real.”
Ray responded and said that his aim was to avoid interference in the election, “We have to be very careful about what we say, especially in the middle of the election season,” Ray explained.
Senator Kennedy: “Why didn’t the FBI say, hey, the laptop is real?”
FBI Director Wray: “We have to be very careful about what we say, especially in the middle of election season…” pic.twitter.com/jRAUdrh56g
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This is a complete lie. It is detailed in a report by the House Ways and Means Committee FBI knowledge and verification of authenticity of laptop Well before the controversial election period.
The report claims that the bureau had verified the laptop as belonging to Hunter Biden as early as November 2019. The FBI seized the laptop from MacIsaac in December 2019 under the authority of a subpoena issued by a Wilmington grand jury.
In ReportThe committee included this nugget:
In October 2019, the FBI learned that a repair shop had a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden and that the laptop may contain evidence of a crime. The FBI confirmed its authenticity in November 2019 by matching the device number with Hunter Biden’s Apple iCloud ID.
Wray admitted under oath that the FBI knowingly allowed the “laptop is fake” rumor to persist during Trump impeachment first over a Ukrainian phone call that mentioned Hunter Biden and then by remaining silent throughout the 2020 election cycle. !
Chris Ray and the FBI said nothing! How is he not interfering in the elections?
Yet, it appears there was no objection from these officials when 50 intelligence experts labeled the situation Russian propaganda and failed to fix it.
Recall, in October of 2020 – just days before the presidential election – 51 former intelligence officers signed and published Letter Hunter’s ‘Laptop from Hell’ was baselessly condemned as having “all the classic hallmarks of a Russian information operation” in its contents.
The scandalous letter was used during the presidential debate by then-candidate Joe Biden, as he cited the letter to dismiss the contents of the laptop as Russian propaganda.
Chris Ray is in jail on election interference charges.