Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding recent accusations of “political bias” within the ranks of the agency on Wednesday, in light of the recent raid of Former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago.
Grassley opens the letter by noting this is the third time he has been forced to contact the FBI regarding allegations based on biased political behavior. “Starting on May 31, 2022, I’ve written three letters to you regarding the political bias that has infected the FBI’s Washington Field Office.”
The Iowa Republican goes on to explain that in these letters, is evidence from credible whistleblowers who came to him personally.
Grassley points to the stark contrast between the FBI’s handling of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter and the treatment of Trump. He calls this double standard a “deeply rooted political infection.”
“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 isn’t the only one frustrated with the favorable treatment of Hunter Biden. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also sent a letter to both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI earlier last week regarding the raid of Trump’s home. He too, mentioned the stark difference in political treatment between the pair.
“You’ve got a system of justice now that’s going to protect people like Hunter Biden, you know, people that are connected to Democrats, to the elite, but then you have a justice system for the rest of Americans that are not going to get special treatment, and then the third level is you literally have the weaponization of our law enforcement agencies against Democrat’s, the left’s, political opponents,” Johnson told Fox Business.
“And that’s what we’re seeing outrageously done against President Trump for the last six years.”
Grassley pointed out a major issue with transparency and political motive when he asked a question about which departments receive information regarding open cases, during an FBI oversight committee earlier this month.
According to the letter, Grassley asked Director Christopher Wray, “When the FBI receives potential criminal information relating to a matter that is subject to investigation and prosecution by a U.S. Attorney, is it the FBI’s standard practice to share that information with the relevant U.S. Attorney’s Office?”
Wray answered saying, “My expectation is that when a particular office has the lead, both the U.S. Attorney’s office and the relevant FBI field office, that if other offices come across that information – information that’s relevant to that – we want to make sure those tips and leads are passed to the responsible office.”
In response to that earlier answer, Grassley sent a multitude of questions in the letter probing into the treatment of Hunter Biden and questioning the FBI’s current policies and procedures.
“How can verified and verifiable information relating to Hunter Biden’s potential criminality be shared with U.S. Attorney Weiss if it is shut down?,” he wrote. “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?”
Grassley expects swift answers to these queries by stating: “These are critical questions for you to answer.”
He also demanded they come from Wray no later than the end of August.
“The FBI answers to Congress and the American people,” Grassley concluded. “So please provide the comprehensive organization chart no later than August 31, 2022.”
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