FBI Director Chris Wray hiding like a swamp creature

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July 31, 2019

John Solomon has just cast some unflattering light on something we’d already been pondering: the curious role FBI Director Christopher Wray appears to be playing to protect the Bureau from efforts to uncover what they were doing in 2016 and 2017 –- perhaps even earlier –- to investigate Trump. The likely explanation: Wray is one of the swamp creatures himself.

 

Recall Solomon’s earlier story about State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Kavalec taking a meeting with Christopher Steele of “dossier” notoriety. Just the fact that Steele went to the State Department to meet with her sent up a red flag, and according to Solomon’s sources, Kavalec was so concerned about that and some other issues –- including Steele’s strong political bias –- that she sent a memo to the FBI alerting agents about potential problems with him as a source. Notably, she cast his work unfavorably by telling them about a blatant inaccuracy in his report: a reference to the Russian embassy in Miami, when no such embassy exists. If a mistake as big as that was in the report, what else might be wrong?

 

Steele, as you know, is the former member of MI6 British intelligence who was hired by Hillary Clinton through the law firm Perkins Coie, which in turn hired “oppo” research company Fusion GPS, to come up with anything he could to tie candidate Trump and/or his campaign to Russia. Incredibly, special counsel Robert Mueller, tasked with investigating Russian efforts to interfere with our election process, did not look into this at all and, in congressional testimony last week, would not say why. But I digress.

 

On July 10, in response to a Freedom Of Information Act request by Citizens United for a small number of documents the State Department sent to FBI agents from Steele (presumably including the Kavalec memo), the FBI actually filed a brief to fight it. They are pushing back. This begs the question: WHY are they pushing back?

 

The affidavit, sworn to by an FBI assistant section chief supporting the request to keep the documents secret, is laughable. It claims the “disparate details” in the documents might be analyzed by “terrorist organizations or other hostile or foreign intelligence groups,” who might “deduce means and methods...to defeat the U.S. government’s collection efforts.” That argument is bogus; agents could use those exact words to try to avoid releasing virtually anything.

 

It goes on to say that the FBI can’t afford “to jeopardize the fragile relationships that exist between the United States and certain foreign governments.” Ah, so our allies WERE involved. Presumably this statement is in reference to Great Britain, where much of the spying on Trump associates apparently took place; Australia, home to the Clinton-supporting diplomat Alexander Downer; and possibly Italy. (Side note: such international spying would not have taken place without the knowledge of then-CIA chief John Brennan.) If spying on the Trump campaign was done with the cooperation of foreign officials, it’s time for the truth to come out. Hey, I thought we WANTED to know about foreign interference in our elections.

 

The affidavit continues, and we come to the part that should bring chills to anyone who cares about government accountability. Incredibly, it asserts that “FBI special agents have privacy interests from unnecessary, unofficial questioning as to the conduct of investigations and other FBI business.”

 

Oh, really? Let’s go back and read that sentence again, slowly, and think about its implications. If FBI agents have “privacy interests” when it comes to official documents, why do we even bother to have a Freedom Of Information Act? (Come to think of it, Hillary claimed the 30,000 subpoenaed emails she had deleted were “personal,” so perhaps she was using the same argument.) This affidavit appears to be saying that the FBI is not answerable to the public, that it gets to decide for itself who can look at how it conducts its business and even what questioning of its agents is necessary. Wow, there’s some chutzpah.

 

But the most distressing thing about this filing is the understanding that it would not have been done without Director Chris Wray’s blessing, if not his order. What is going on here?

 

As Solomon points out, the information given by Steele to the State Department wasn’t “secret” by any means, as it was being provided to Hillary’s campaign and the DNC (but I repeat myself) and also leaked to the media. Steele was even fired from the FBI for his leaking, and the intelligence was garbage besides.

 

In fact, one of the documents –- five pages about the debunked theory concerning a computer at Alfa Bank in Russia and another at Trump Tower “pinging” back and forth –- was recently reviewed by Rep. Mark Meadows, who wrote Attorney General William Barr to tell him the information was based on open-source reporting and would not harm sources and methods if revealed. Also, the Alfa Bank story is so thoroughly discredited that even Robert Mueller testified that it wasn’t true.

 

So it’s not national security secrets the Bureau is trying to protect, but the Bureau’s reputation. These documents prove that Steele received a negative assessment as an informer. That fact should have been conveyed to the FISA court and it was not.

 

None of this happened on the current director’s watch, but Christopher Wray is being way too protective. Suspiciously so. To put it bluntly, he’s acting like one of the swamp dwellers. If he thinks he’s helping preserve the FBI’s integrity by holding back documents, he’s mistaken. With the inspector general’s investigation and the broader one by U.S. Attorney John Durham, more will be coming out whether the FBI considers it “private” or not. The best –- the only –- strategy for Wray: come clean.

 

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/455228-chris-wrays-fbi-continues-to-cover-for-team-comeys-russia-shenanigans

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Shari L Bradley

    08/02/2019 04:37 AM

    Well, I'm still holding out to place judgement......and that is only for the simple reason that Q said several months ago "Trust Wray". I think because the timing is crucial, I think Wray may be stalling with strategy. We will see.

  • Jeannette Downs

    08/01/2019 08:30 PM

    Thank you Mr.Huckabee for keeping us appraised of the deceipt and corruption going on in our FBI, CIA and other heretofore revered entities, I pray God will open the eyes of the American people before it's too late to save our country

  • Dusty

    08/01/2019 05:43 PM

    Do we now just hold on and hope that the IG is totally honest and going to get the true info on Comey and the FBI who tried to take down Pres Trump? Will we ever get the whole truth about this Mueller debacle or will this all go underground for the future because those involved will shock and take down this Govt. that the Russians enabled Pres Trump .

  • filmore hennis

    08/01/2019 04:44 PM

    Its all coming to light how much power and connections the clinton's have and just how corrupt they are. They will stop at nothing to gain power and wealth and persecute everyone else who dears to do what they do, as a way to cover their tracks and corruption.

  • Wanda Magdalen

    08/01/2019 01:21 PM

    I believed from the first time that I heard him speak before Congress that he was part of the Swamp and I wish that President Trump would fire him and appoint a person who is strong and HONEST to run the FBI! It’s such a shame that Comey, Wray and some others have painted a black eye on this great law enforcement branch that we thought we could always trust!

  • Waylon Bush

    07/31/2019 09:38 PM

    And the point is: Lady Justice is still MIA. And in all likelihood will stay that way.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    07/31/2019 09:26 PM

    Seems to me the FBI for a number of years now, has been remiss in doing it's job. Maybe all the intelligence services also. What a shame!

  • James Carnine

    07/31/2019 08:54 PM

    Enjoy your reads and your TV program. Keep up the good work, Governor.

  • Jerry

    07/31/2019 07:36 PM

    I have worried about Wray for 4 months he does not appear to be very helpful in any thing. I would like to know who is helping with appointing people to these very important positions. Wray has always had the look of being drudged and being held against his will. Someone better check on his background or see if someone is holding a love one hostage.

  • John R

    07/31/2019 06:14 PM

    seems like the word “overthrow” continues to stink up the halls of justice!

  • Michael

    07/31/2019 06:03 PM

    I think President Trump made an excellent choice in appointing Attorney General Barr. Now it is time to appoint or try to appoint a new FBI director with the characteristics of AG Barr. I've been suspicious of Wray for many months and hope the President and his advisors have also.

  • jack macdonald

    07/31/2019 05:58 PM

    I became very uneasy when I watched Wray's appointment and felt he was not trustworthy. It was just a gut feeling, but having just read most of your contributors it is uncanny that so many had the same instincts I did. His total fecklessness since that time has done nothing to inspire my confidence in him as the Director and in such an important role. I hope Barr sees what we all see and gets rid of this enigma.

  • Barry Ligus

    07/31/2019 05:01 PM

    Wray and any other member of the SES in the FBI (or DOJ, CIA, or any other intelligence/LE agency) during the Obama administration should be suspect until proven otherwise. The swamp stench has not improved at all in D.C.

  • Bruce Deming

    07/31/2019 04:09 PM

    Only one problem here. Why would Wray verify the biggest piece of exculpatory evidence of the FISA investigation, and Russia special council, when it's existence was unknown prior to his classifying on April 25th, 2019? The Kavalec document never left the FBI, which they received approx 10 days prior to the first FISA warrant of Carter Page. The only ones who knew of it's existence were at the top of the FBI, Comey and McCabe, until he classified it. For a deep state player, it would be suicide. He's either very stupid, or something else is going on here. Perhaps he's playing a part, under someone else's direction.

  • Robbie Mize

    07/31/2019 03:02 PM

    Everyday, I think I cannot hear anything more ridiculous than the day before. But, everyday proves me wrong. I am beginning to think that unraveling this swamp mess is impossible....who can we trust? Not many at this point in my opinion.

  • David Johnson

    07/31/2019 02:57 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, thanks for all you do for truth and freedom. You are a true patriot. It's now time to prosecute ALL government agency personnel who lied in any way to destroy our president. And, it's time to punish ALL foreign governments who participated in any way to do same. The truth shall set us free.

  • Raymond D Babcock

    07/31/2019 02:54 PM

    The more you know about the FBI CIA NSA and the federal government in general. You come to realize that Mueller was about coup of the president who happens to be Trump.

  • Maria Ferran

    07/31/2019 02:05 PM

    Many of us have known ever since he was picked for director that he is deep in the swamp. When he ok'd the raids on Manafort and Stone he exposed the swamp sludge he's covered in. His testimonies before Congress also confirmed it. Wasn't it Christie who recommended him?? From one corrupt politician to another. I think Trump knows what's going on but I believe will can him after the election. He definitely needs to go.

  • Oscar Williams

    07/31/2019 02:02 PM

    Wray still has his moistened finger in the air. WILL President Trump be impeached???? If he is, I want to be able to say I had a hand in it, and keep my high-status and paying job. All in due time. After awhile, even toads have to come up for a breath. President Trump knows all the warts, and is waiting for the swamp water to drain out. M.A.G.A! K.A.G!

  • Alice Hogan

    07/31/2019 02:01 PM

    Hi Governor Huck,
    I thought Soloman, Sarah Carter and Hannity said the deep state was going to see arrests being made. Do you know why this has still not come to fruition. I think we have waited 3-4 years too long already!!

    Thank you,
    Alice Hogan

  • Lum Grant

    07/31/2019 01:51 PM

    Always remember the FBI is by law an agency that can testify by lying. If you do the same, it is a crime. So, with that allowance to lie about anything, no one can stand a chance against them coming after you, even the President.
    That fact needs to be told often on your show so everyone like inmates in a federal prison would know well how powerful they are.

  • rodney burke

    07/31/2019 01:44 PM

    criminal Wray? You are dead on. The FBI is hiding far too much. They are NOT transparent as they should be. If we hurt other powers in the process of solving this crime of the century then then need to get burned, GB powers that be have NOT demonstrated their trustworthyness. Nor has Australia with this downer crap. Wray by hiding and obstructing documents is projecting his guilt that he must be hiding something important. Yes, the FBI top brass are criminals, they engaged in actions they were not supposed to and KNEW it from the start. A bunch of someone's should have knocked Comey in the head and told him that won't fly. So the FBI is culpable for Spygate. illegal spying, lying and Only God knows what else. Wray must go, the integrity of the present FBI is in tatters as you well know. It needs to be repaired. John Solomon and Sarah Carter need to get the medal of Freedom for their reporting over the last three years. Soon i pray all will be revealed and GITMO will be receiving a ton of new residents

  • Wayne Persons

    07/31/2019 01:38 PM

    Thanks, Mike for this update and overview. Clearly, you and John Solomon need to continue to turn up the heat so the "real truth" can come out. And, I'm looking forward to a few of these swamp dwellers spending some time behind bars. They have broken our laws and must pay for it.

  • Everett Coates

    07/31/2019 01:26 PM

    In answer to your question about what's going on when the FBI is not accountable to being questioned, apparently with the director's blessing, it means that the rule of law is in jeopardy of collapsing. If the highest law enforcement agency in the land is corrupted and considers itself above congressional oversight then the FBI leadership alone decide who is arrested and on what charge, if any. Let's see now, where has that sort of thing happened in relatively recent history? Where did people mysteriously disappear at night for no obvious reason? Oh yes, in Stalin's Soviet Union.

  • Doris Parker

    07/31/2019 01:22 PM

    I have long suspected Director Wray of being on the "other side". What can the President do about it?