[Editor’s note: This essay is part #1 of a 3-part series. We will be publishing part #2 tomorrow.]
Christopher Wray is a bureaucratic liar and should be removed as Director of the FBI. He has held that position since October 2017 and under his leadership, the Bureau continues to decline as a responsible and respected federal law enforcement agency. The FBI motto, Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity, for all intents and purposes, has given way to Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice.
The natural progression has been: political correctness was instituted during the Mueller years (2001-2013) which led to political corruption during the Comey years (2013-2017), finally resulting in the weaponization of the bureau during the Wray years (2017 to present). Under Mueller, new-agent training became indoctrination and political correctness. Mueller was replaced by President Obama’s appointee, James Comey, who along with Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bill Priestap, Kevin Clinesmith, and others, totally corrupted the Bureau, destroyed its’ reputation by establishing the 2-tiered justice system that exists today, and authored an attempted presidential coup to remove a duly elected president. New agents hired under Mueller are now senior agents in positions of leadership.
It’s my belief that many (certainly, not all) agents hired today could not pass the rigorous background investigation of the Bureau I knew and many agents hired back then would not be acceptable to today’s Bureau.
As a retired Special Agent of the FBI (1971-1999), it was my hope that Christopher Wray would begin restoring the reputation of the Bureau that I knew and worked for. But, due to his false statements, his smug performances, his participating in cover-ups of false allegations, his allowing the Bureau to be used as a political weapon, and his allowing the Bureau to exceed its authority, he has failed miserably and should be dismissed as Director.
Participation in a $30 million Fraud:
* Christopher Wray and his FBI lied to Congress and the American people when they denied the FBI had any investigative interest in the July 10, 2016 murder of Democrat National Committee staffer, Seth Rich. An FOIA release by Judicial Watch in January 2020 established that Wray’s denial was factually incorrect. Seth Rich, a Bernie Sanders supporter, was murdered just a few months after it became known that the DNC had worked to rob Sanders of the Democrat nomination for President in favor of Hillary Clinton. There are numerous reasons to believe Rich was the person who downloaded emails from the DNC servers and released them to Wikileaks.
After publication of the stolen emails, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the DNC claimed to the FBI the emails had been “hacked” by the Russians in collusion with the Trump campaign. They refused to allow the FBI to conduct a forensic analysis of the servers and the FBI simply obliged them. This false allegation gave rise on July 31, 2016, to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation which later morphed into the 2-year, $30 million Mueller investigation, attempting to overturn the 2016 election of President Trump.
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Wray and those acting on his behalf again lied to Congress when they continually denied the FBI had possession of Rich’s laptop computer. As a result of another lawsuit in December 2020, the FBI finally admitted they had over 20,000 pages relating to Seth Rich and they had his laptop as well. There is reason to believe Rich’s laptop may have contained evidence that, if made known, would have destroyed the basis for the Crossfire Hurricane / Mueller investigations and negated the phony conclusion that the Russians hacked the DNC servers. It appears Wray kept the FBI’s possession and contents of Rich’s laptop secret to avoid undermining the predication for Mueller’s $30 million (Fraud Against the Government?) investigation, knowing at the very outset the predication was based on a false allegation and a phony dossier. Mueller and his 13 anti-Trump, pro-Clinton attorneys profited at the expense of the government and US taxpayers, pursuing allegations they knew from the beginning were false and nothing more than DNC opposition research. (Of course, no charges will be filed since the government apparently believes it is above the law and it cannot defraud itself.)
An email exchange between Attorney Ty Clevinger and Department of Justice representative Andrea Parker during the period December 27, 2021, to January 5, 2022, shows that Wray’s FBI continued to lie and stonewall release of information concerning Rich’s laptop and data contained on its hard-drive.
The $30 million Mueller investigation having failed to find any evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, and the failure to remove Trump from office via phony impeachments, not once but twice, the Democrats have continued their offensive to get something, anything, on Trump, even 19 months after he left office, and Wray’s FBI is front and center assisting anyway possible.
* On the early morning of August 8, 2022, in excess of 30 heavily armed FBI agents executed a search warrant at the Mar-a-Lago residence of former President Trump supposedly in search of “classified” documents allegedly removed illegally from the White House on Trump’s last day in office based on a complaint from the Director of the National Archives. Aside from the execution of a search warrant on a former President for the first time ever, what makes this search so outrageous is that two months earlier, FBI agents using a subpoena were granted access to the former President’s residence to review all the boxed documents in his possession. Trump did not challenge the subpoena, cooperated fully, and invited the agents to let him know if there was anything further they needed. At the request of agents, he even installed a padlock on the door to the room where boxes of files were maintained.
If there was a legitimate need for a second trip to recover documents at Mar-a-Lago, agents could and should have obtained another subpoena. But that wouldn’t attract the attention of the news media that Wray’s FBI has come to relish…at least when it comes to Trump or his supporters…nor would it have allowed them access to Melania’s wardrobe in search of nuclear codes.
The FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago is part of a counterintelligence case being run out of Washington. The bureau’s counterintelligence division is the same unit that initiated the bogus 2016-2017 Russia collusion investigation code-named Crossfire Hurricane. The current head of the counterintelligence division is Alan Kohler who previously worked under and replaced Bill Priestap after he had to step down as a result of his involvement in the phony Crossfire Hurricane investigation. As Yogi Berra once said, “it’s deja vu all over again.”
For his part, President Trump has requested the entire affidavit without redactions be made public – a request not expected from someone with something to hide. For their part, the FBI and DOJ are trying to keep the affidavit secret, supposedly to protect the identity of sources. Given the modus operandi of the Bureau over the past several years, don’t be too surprised if the sources for the affidavit turn out to be FBI agents who previously reviewed the documents in June subject to the uncontested subpoena.
Now, five years after Crossfire Hurricane and the resulting phony Mueller investigation, some of the same personnel involved in that bogus investigation are still in the counterintelligence division pending disciplinary review for their past actions. There was a time when such actions would have resulted in expeditious disciplinary transfers as punishment and a warning to others, but that clearly is not the case under the Bureau’s current director. They are just left in place to try and try again.
* Just days before the Mar-a-Lago raid, Wray testified before a Senate subcommittee to answer questions concerning recent FBI activities, particularly related to their lack of interest in the Hunter Biden laptop. Questions were asked but Wray’s answer and candor were in short supply. When Sen. Grassley asked Wray to remain for an additional 20 minutes for further questioning, Wray said he couldn’t stay due to a prior commitment. The prior commitment: Wray had to leave for a family vacation to the Adirondack Mountains and his mode of travel was the Bureau’s Gulfstream jet which is supposed to be used only for official business. Wray used government property for personal travel in violation of Title 18 US Code Section 641 and could be prosecuted were it not for a complicit DOJ.
Leadership sets the standard and Wray’s abuse of authority and cavalier attitude explain why, in part, he should not be Director of the FBI and must be fired.
By Quentin Smith
Quentin Smith is a military veteran and retired FBI Special Agent who served in the Bureau for nearly 29 years and now lives in Idaho.
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