Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray failed to provide much-needed answers to the public on Wednesday, following the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago earlier this week — He did, however, speak out about potential threats to law enforcement and weakly attempted to explain why he couldn’t address allegations of evidence planting raised by various Republicans and American observers.
During a press conference in Nebraska, reporters repeatedly pressed Wray on former President Donald Trump’s claim that FBI agents may have “planted” items at his estate during the raid.
“The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago,” Trump explained on Truth Social. “Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, “planting.” Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never “raided,” despite big disputes!”
In response to these allegations, a reporter asked Wray his thoughts about such rhetoric and to respond to threats to FBI agents following Monday night: “Former President Trump is raising the prospect of agents planting evidence in the FBI search of his residence in Mar-a-Lago saying his lawyers were not allowed to observe the search. Can you address that particularly as many of Trump supporters have issued a call to arms and threats against your agents in light of the search?”
“Well as I’m sure you can appreciate that’s not something that I can talk about so I’d refer you to the department,” Wray replied. “As the issue of threats, I will say that I am always concerned about violence and threats of violence against law enforcement.
“Any threats made against law enforcement, including the men and women of the FBI, as with any law enforcement agency are deplorable and dangerous.”
Reporters subsequently asked the Director if he thought the threats of violence following the raid could lead to an event reminiscent of January 6.
“Violence against law enforcement is not the answer no matter what anybody is upset about or who they are upset with,” he responded, adding, “I think that we have in this country had over the last few years an alarming rise in violence against law enforcement.”
“Last year, there were 73 law enforcement officers around this country killed in the line of duty, as in murdered in the line of duty. It’s the highest number since 9/11,” he explained. “So, the men and women of law enforcement, including the men and women of the FBI, make heroic sacrifices for everyone in this country and it takes an incredibly special person to be willing to get up every day and sacrifice his or her life for a total stranger. So, it’s important that we view the men and women of law enforcement as a resource to cherish.”
While law enforcement shouldn’t be receiving threats of violence over the raid, Wray’s refusal to provide any details about the accusations against the FBI is only adding fuel to the fire.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) who serves as the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, released a statement on the raid, demanding full transparency.
“If Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray do not make public statements today explaining to the American people exactly what they did at Mar-a-Lago and why they will have lost what little public trust they may have had and no longer deserve to remain in office,” it read.
When Republicans retake the majority in the Senate, there will be a thorough & aggressive investigation into the @FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago. Everything needs to be on the table for AG Garland, including impeachment if he doesn't come out TODAY & explain what happened. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/9FObFjcKSF
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 9, 2022
Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) also tweeted earlier this week, writing: “At a minimum, Garland must resign or be impeached. The search warrant must be published. Christoper [sic] Wray must be removed. And the FBI reformed top to bottom.”
At a minimum, Garland must resign or be impeached. The search warrant must be published. Christoper Wray must be removed. And the FBI reformed top to bottom.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 9, 2022
Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland must provide answers to the American people, as their silence in recent days continues to hobble the image of executive agencies across the country. This major action has also not gone unnoticed by voters, and the U.S. citizenry.
If the United States government is not forthcoming and continues to operate in the shadows as it has, it will likely destroy any and all trust left in federal law enforcement. Leading to a spiraling chaotic downfall for an entire nation, which will end up encompassing millions of newly persecuted people.
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