FBI Director Christopher Wray made some eyebrow-raising comments this week about the bureau’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s home and the handling of the Hunter Biden laptop as well as classified documents being found at multiple President Biden locations.
During an interview on “Special Report,” Wray was grilled by host Bret Baier about the FBI raiding Mar-a-Lago last August and how many are pointing out how Biden recently got treated differently. Wray claims there was no bias and that Biden didn’t get special treatment – something many conservatives do not believe to be true.
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
BAIER: “Let’s talk about the dual system that conservatives point to. The documents investigation for former President Trump and the raid that happens in Mar-a-Lago. That show of force, in that way, as opposed to the documents investigation for President Biden and how that went down. You find out about those documents before the November election; the FBI then does the search of the house after that but does not say anything prior to the midterm election. So those two things are stick in people’s minds as different, handled differently. How do you explain that?”
WRAY: “So, we have a long history of handling investigations into the mishandling of classified information. And our standard for approaching those investigations is the same, no matter who it is. Our basic approach is the same. Now, that approach means that we typically start with the least intrusive means to try to retrieve the improperly stored classified information. But if those less intrusive means don’t work, and certainly if they are frustrated in some way, then we adapt and turn to other legal tools that we have been entrusted with.”
BAIER: “Are you at the table for that decision of how it looks to go after a former president, like the way that it happened at Mar-a-Lago?”
WRAY: “Well, I oversee the FBI. I expect any significant investigation to be conducted by the book. And I do that with adherence to our rules, our policies, our practices.”
BAIER: “Why didn’t we know anything about the FBI looking into President Biden prior to the election?”
WRAY: “Well, again, I can’t talk about specific investigations that are ongoing, both of which are being led by special counsel, other than to say it is not our normal practice to discuss publicly specific investigations.”
BAIER: “Alright, so let’s talk about by the book.”
the FBI conducted a search of the Penn Biden Center much earlier than previously known or disclosed by the White House.
It happened after the president’s team contacted the National Archives to tell them that they found classified documents at the center in November.
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