Top Senate Republican Chuck Grassley pushed back on the idea that it’s dangerous to question the legitimacy of the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s home by arguing that the agency’s demonstrable bias fully justifies such questions.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Cavuto Live” this Saturday, the top Republican senator cited the FBI’s disparate treatment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a perfect example of this indisputable bias.
“There is political bias within the FBI, and I think it’s legitimate to raise the question about possible political bias between the way they handled the Clinton investigation, Carter Page, Steele dossier, and the way President Trump has been treated, particularly when he has said continuously, if you want any more [documents], just come and get it,” he said.
Recall that the FBI treated Clinton with kid gloves, lied to obtain a warrant on Trump 2016 campaign official Carter Page, and relied on the bogus Steele dossier to launch a full-blown investigation into then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Grassley added that allegations of the FBI’s bias are also backed by the whistleblower reports that he unveiled late last month. As previously reported, the reports document a widespread effort within the FBI to downplay and discredit negative information about current President Joe Biden’s crack-smoking son, Hunter.
“We have evidence coming from whistleblowers within the Department of Justice about political bias, about Hunter Biden’s investigation being stopped, and Trump’s investigation getting a go-ahead from a guy, a special agent, that had political bias. We know it from his social media statements,” the senator said.
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Grassley’s remarks come amid an effort by Democrats and their media allies to blame anti-FBI violence on the agency’s growing army of critics.
But continuing his remarks on Fox News, Grassley noted that there’s been barely any transparency about the raid thus far, and so of course there’s been criticism.
“Full transparency is going to be when they release the affidavit. This is such a high-profile and very strange way of going about getting documents from a former president that the affidavit is going to be absolutely necessary if we’re going to have full transparency,” he said.
“And this demands full transparency, because without transparency, government is not accountable. The public’s business must always be public.”
Thus far Garland has only unsealed the warrant, a move that did “not include a bid to unseal the affidavit the FBI submitted to the court to obtain the search warrant in the first place,” according to New York magazine.
Guest host David Asman responded to Grassley’s points by listing additional examples of the FBI’s past malfeasance.
“We should remember, by the way, that there was evidence that was given to the FISA courts during the whole Russian collusion kerfuffle that was wrong, that was either misinformation or actually just not true,” he said.
“There was an FBI attorney, Kevin Clinesmith, who pled because of the fact he agreed that the information was not correct that he gave for the various warrants that he had there. So it has been true that the FBI in the past has given bad information to judges in order to get a warrant. That’s another reason why we need to see this affidavit.”
FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith pled guilty to “altering” material sent to FISA judges in the Russian hoax. That’s why we need to see affidavit FBI sent to judge who ok’d raid on Trump. With FBI it’s become trust but verify. https://t.co/LG0eD4HUIv
— David Asman (@DavidAsmanfox) August 13, 2022
Grassley followed up by providing a couple more examples.
“Carter Page’s FISA [warrant], the Steele dossier, how they handled the Clinton investigation, and how there was no prosecution there [though] there was mishandling of classified information just like the same charge against President Trump,” he said.
Returning to the topic of the whistleblowers, Asman then asked Grassley whether they might go public with their complaints anytime soon.
“They wouldn’t dare go public. They’ll lose their job. Now, that’s contrary to what Christopher Wray told me. I hope Christopher Wray, I believe him when he says he wants to protect whistleblowers, but down in the bowels of the bureaucracy of the FBI, they’re treated like skunks at a picnic, most whistleblowers are,” the senator replied.
The discussion concluded with Grassley addressing the dubious claim that the raid was necessary because Trump had been in possession of nuclear documents.
He noted that it further hurts the FBI’s credibility that it took “three or four days” before they even executed the warrant on Trump’s home. If the former president really had been in possession of nuclear documents, wouldn’t they have been in a hurry?
“I think the credibility is hurt as a result of this — a warrant being issued three or four days before the raid actually took place. If there was a nuclear espionage sort of thing involved, you would think Friday they get the warrant, Friday they immediately go to the president’s home,” he said.
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