Trump-appointed director to testify before House Judiciary Committee
According to a report, bureau director Christopher Wray is expected to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday to investigate some recent untoward incidents involving FBI personnel.
Ray, who continues to serve under President Biden after being appointed by former President Trump in 2017, is expected to question allegations of alleged agent misconduct, political bias and claims that the agency had sued for the January 6 riots. About missed the warning signs. The Capital, The Washington Times reported.
Alleged misconduct includes claims in a government report leaked last month that a “disgusting” high-ranking FBI agent drinks and gropes female subordinates during work hours, and a June 1 claim by Maryland officials that A former FBI agent tried to murder a man. Metro train according to Times.
The alleged incidents – in addition to previous claims of political bias and claims that the bureau lacks qualifications seen in the past – have tarnished the reputation of the FBI in the view of some observers.
David Steuben, author of books on FBI history, told the Times, “If Director Hoover was still around, he would have been terrified,” referring to the bureau’s first director, Jay Edgar Hoover, who served from 1924 to 1972.
“If director Hoover was still around, he would have been amazed.”
An agency that didn’t need more bad news about it now has more bad news about it,” Steuben said.
Ray may also face questions about ransomware attacks in the US in recent weeks, with the bureau blaming a Russian group for the colonial pipeline attack.
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Any remarks by Ray about Russia on Thursday would come days before President Biden’s one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.
Last week, Ray told the Wall Street Journal that other entities beyond the FBI share responsibility for preventing cyberattacks.
“There is a shared responsibility, not only in government agencies but in the private sector and even among the average American,” Ray told the newspaper.
In addition to scandals within the bureau: Data from recent years shows that the FBI is finding it difficult to find convictions in criminal cases. According to the Times, a Syracuse University study found that FBI sentencing has dropped by an overall 11% each year over the past five years.
Steuben told the newspaper that the bad news not only hurts the bureau’s reputation but hinders its ability to persuade Congress to provide it with more resources.
The internal work of the FBI has attracted more attention in recent years after the dismissals of former director James Comey and former deputy director Andrew McCabe, anti-Trump remarks by so-called “FBI lovebirds” Peter Strozok and Lisa Page, and an inspector general report. The FBI’s applications were found to have “mistakes and omissions” as it sought to supervise Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser, Times reported.
Regarding the January 6 riots, Ray told the Senate Judiciary Committee in March that he was not aware that the FBI’s advance “Norfolk Memos” about potential trouble at the Capitol were distributed despite several more members of various law enforcement agencies. Why didn’t you reach? Ways.